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Energy: Advanced Commercial Buildings Competency Model

In collaboration with the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)/DOE Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project, the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) team developed a competency model for the advanced commercial building (ACB) workforce that provides a support system to build a better workforce. The ACB workforce consists of the following job groups: Building Operations Professional, Energy Auditor, Building Commissioning Professional, and Energy Manager. This model was designed to address the needs of a high-growth sector, support the expansion of the advanced commercial buildings market and increased demand for a skilled and qualified workforce. This model is different from most of the models on the site as it was based off of job task analyses (JTA) for all four jobs. The knowledge and skills from the JTAs were analyzed and categorized to show shared competencies across all four jobs (Tiers 1-5) as well as unique competencies to each occupation (Tier 6-Occupation-Specific). Another unique characteristic of the ACB Competency model is the inclusion of key performance competencies, which are identified by the asterisk (*) in the top tier (Occupation-Specific). These competencies are referenced as keys to success and focus on successful behaviors as opposed to the knowledge skills and abilities (KSAs) required to do the job.

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Energy: Advanced Commercial Buildings Competency Model


Energy: Advanced Commercial Buildings Building Blocks Pyramid

Dependability Displaying responsible behaviors at work Interpersonal Skills Working with others from a range of backgrounds Leadership Leading people and groups effectively Professionalism Maintaining a professional demeanor Communication Communicating effectively through active listening, presenting, and fostering support Data Management The process of controlling and managing various forms of information Engineering & Technology Electrical and mechanical engineering best practices and principles in the design, construction and operation of buildings Math & Science Principles of mathematics and scientific rules and methods Writing Write clearly and concisely in a professional manner Business Development/Customer Focus Build the business case and communicate effectively to all parties involved the financial and environmental benefits to energy project implementation Checking, Examining, & Recording Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic format Creative Thinking Generating innovative and creative solutions Critical Thinking  Using logical thought processes to analyze information and draw conclusions Planning & Organizing Demonstrating the ability to work within a schedule and keep track of details using prescribed procedures Problem Solving Applying problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to the work environment Teamwork Work cooperatively with others to complete work assignments Bldg Design/ Construction Systems and processes involved in building design and construction Cost Estimating/ Accounting Basic accounting and cost estimating related to construction and building operations Fundamentals of Energy & Power Basic knowledge related to energy generation, consumption and power units and definitions Health Safety & Security Operations & Maintenance  Overall knowledge of building systems, structure, interiors and exteriors and grounds so the facility and its systems function efficiently, reliably, safely, and securely. Regulations, Codes, & Standards Comply with regulations and building codes and apply industry standards to ensure quality work Risk Management & Contracting Knowledge of contract types, contract administration and the ability to assess and manage risk. Energy Industry Processes Processes, procedures, standards and general technology associated with advanced energy retrofits Building Science Fundamentals The analysis and control of the physical phenomena affecting buildings and architecture including the analysis of building materials and building envelope systems. Economic Analysis & Financing Funding mechanisms, financial analysis tools, and ability to build a financial business case and support funding of projects Energy & Water Efficiency Basic and emerging principles and concepts that promote energy and water conservation efficiency Energy Management & Control Systems Various system control elements and techniques and measures to apply to manage energy performance and increase energy efficiency Measurement, Verification, and Reporting Data gathering, trending, and interpreting data to track, benchmark, and report performance Sustainable Practices  Sustainability concepts and practices relating to the design, construction, and operations of buildings Whole Building Performance Concepts of how energy conservation measures, products, and technology work together to improve building performance Building Commissioning Professional Building Operations Professional Energy Manager Energy Auditor