The NYC Building Operator Training Program was launched by Mayor de Blasio’s office last year, designed to “help residential buildings cut energy costs up to 20%.” Eligible residential management teams can participate in the program, receiving 30 hours of efficiency training at no cost. According to the Mayor’s Office, the program itinerary covers:
- Recognizing and correcting common flaws in a building’s structure that can result in wasted energy consumption;
- Identifying and correcting ventilation problems;
- Instruction on understanding the various components of a boiler, their functions and proper maintenance techniques;
- Understanding heat distribution and control throughout a building;
- Techniques for conserving water; and
- Learning how electric system and fixture maintenance can result in greater energy efficiency.
Applications for the program are accepted on a rolling basis, and open to owners, managers, supers, operators, and maintenance staff of small to mid-sized multifamily buildings (5 – 50 units or between 5,000 – 50,000 gross square feet). Materials are provided in Spanish and English.