“We feel this work is an important piece of the puzzle to reduce energy usage in multi-family buildings throughout the US.”
Laure-Jeanne Davignon, IREC Vice President-Workforce Program
Apartment maintenance technicians have the information and ability to influence an owner or investor’s bottom line and resident comfort by consistently analyzing, recommending, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency improvements in the buildings they maintain. Training is needed to help them understand the variety of available energy efficiency measures and how to evaluate their cost-effectiveness and benefits. This makes it more likely they will implement and maintain measures that impact energy usage and are otherwise beneficial to all stakeholders.
IREC is currently working with WinnResidential to offer energy efficiency training to more than 110 maintenance supervisors and maintenance technicians in New York State. The project is designed to demonstrate that arming apartment maintenance technicians with practical energy efficiency knowledge they can apply to their daily operations results in energy savings. WinnResidential and IREC are focused on best practices that can be sustained and replicated across apartment communities throughout the U.S.
This project builds on micro-credentials and training previously designed by IREC in partnership with the National Apartment Association Education Institute (see sidebar.)
This initiative is supported with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.