“We feel this 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 Development
Apartment maintenance technicians have the information and ability to influence an owner or investor’s bottom line and resident’s comfort by consistently analyzing, recommending, implementing, and evaluating energy efficiency improvements in their buildings. They understand the variety of available energy efficiency measures and how to evaluate their cost-effectiveness and benefits. They’re also more likely to implement and maintain them in a way that is beneficial to all stakeholders.
Managers and technicians are often challenged, however, about how identifying cost-effective measures can best be incorporated into their routine tasks, especially as technologies evolve.
IREC is currently working with WinnResidential to offer training to more than 110 maintenance supervisor and maintenance technicians, which will qualify them for important certifications in the multifamily industry. Partnering with training and certification experts from the National Apartment Association (NAA), the innovative training will ensure maintenance and supervisory staff are trained to national standards.
Supervisors will learn to weigh the costs and benefits of individual energy efficiency measures and implement them in a way that is advantageous to all stakeholders – from building owners to residents. A custom curriculum help employees bring the lessons learned in the classroom or online into daily operations.
“Providing employees with the training and resources they need to impact day-to-day energy operations and resident comfort in their buildings is a winning strategy for everyone.”
Darien Crimmin, vice president of energy and sustainability for WinnResidential
In addition to the energy benefits of the training, employee retention and supervisor satisfaction will also be measured. The project will focus on best practices that can be sustained beyond the grant period and replicated across apartment communities managed by WinnResidential throughout the U.S., as well as those managed by other companies.
This initiative is supported with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).