#ThisIsNIBS: Dr. Keith Porter, Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder and Principal, SPA Risk LLC
The Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) provides industry-wide, public and private support for the creation of higher quality facilities through improved maintenance and operation and real property management.
To increase maintenance and operations influence in the facility acquisition process
To promote the sharing and integration of facilities maintenance and operations procedures and information
To identify and disseminate best practices to strengthen the knowledge and skills of facility management professionals
NIBS members may join any of the following task groups. Here, we discuss opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, publications and outreach opportunities for you and your firm.
Senior Global Capital Asset Analyst, Global Facilities, General Motors
Emily Herndon, LEED AP
Senior Consultant, Woolpert, Inc.
Senior Consultant & Program Manager, Jacobs
Darrell X. Rounds, FMA, C.E.M
Operations Group Manager, General Motors
Kyle Barry, PMP
Sr. Program Manager, National Institute of Building Sciences
The FMOC is involved in and supports the continued development of real property and facility management resources. Member interests beyond the normal scope of operations and maintenance include functionality, suitability, sustainability, and utilization of facilities.
On earth and in space, buildings and their related infrastructure must operate in an environment with constrained resources (both financial and physical). Recognizing these common issues, the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) look to engage and inspire K-12 students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities related to building sciences. NIBS looks to lead development of joint programs to create and inspire interest in careers within the built environment and leverage STEM K-12 challenge curriculum and utilize educational resources developed by NASA along with technical assistance from the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, the Chief Technologist, the Science Mission Directorate, and others.
NIBS and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have developed voluntary national guidelines, known as the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG) to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials. NIBS established the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) to lead development of those guidelines. The purpose of the BBWG is to reduce the confusion and uncertainty around workforce credentialing; lower costs; and support better credentials, better workers and better buildings. The BBWG set an industry-validated Job Task Analysis (JTA) for each job title, as well as certification schemes (blueprints) and learning objectives for training programs. The BBWG are intended to benefit training and certification programs; employers and building owners/managers; governments and utility programs; and workers. The result of a thorough and extensive process working with practitioners and stakeholder organizations, the energy efficiency JTAs and credentialing scheme are based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17024 Standard: Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, and are available for download via the links below.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) through its Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) have worked with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines aimed at improving the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials for five key energy-related jobs. Credentials that have been recognized by DOE as meeting the BBWG criteria are identified on the DOE Better Buildings website. Click here for a list.
|Job Titles||Job Descriptions|
|Building Energy Auditor||The Commercial Building Energy Auditor is an energy solutions professional who assesses building systems and site conditions; analyzes and evaluates equipment and energy usage; and recommends strategies to optimize building resource utilization.|
|Building Commissioning Professional||The Building Commissioning (Cx) Professional is an individual who leads, plans, coordinates and manages a commissioning team to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.|
|Energy Manager||An Energy Manager is responsible for managing and continually improving energy performance in commercial buildings by establishing and maintaining an energy program management system that supports the mission and goals of the organization.|
|Building Operations Professional||The Building Operations Professional manages the maintenance and operation of building systems and installed equipment, and performs general maintenance to maintain the building's operability, optimize building performance, and ensure the comfort, productivity and safety of the building occupants.|
|Building Operations Journey-worker||The Building Operations Journey‐worker maintains and operates building systems and installed equipment, and performs general maintenance to maintain the building’s operability, optimize building performance, and ensure the comfort, productivity and safety of the building occupants. The Building Operations Journey‐worker may provide leadership and training to less senior personnel.|
BBWG Job Task Analyses and Educational/Training Materials
In addition to the JTA, Educational and Training Materials to support curriculum development by community colleges and other education providers, course outlines and student learning objectives (SLO) have been developed from each of the BBWG JTA's and are available for download. The quantity of learning objectives for each job ranges from 199 to 580. Creating a program of study from this many SLO's, even for one job, can seem a daunting task. To ease this task, the DOE and the Institute, working with community colleges, created a guidance booklet that provides a process for integrating SLO's into an existing community college program of study. The booklet, Embedding Advanced Commercial Building Skills into Existing Community College Programs of Study, is available for download along with the course outlines and learning objectives.
To assist education providers interested in creating certificate programs that are recognized as compliant with the BBWG, the CWCC offers a Certificate Program Development Guide. The Guide identifies the process to achieve third party accreditation and gain DOE Recognition for certificate granting programs based on one or more of the BBWG JTA. The Guide is available for download along with the JTA and other Educational/Training Materials.
Credentialing bodies that want access to the certification scheme in addition to the Job Task Analyses and supporting materials will need to also agree to license terms to access the scheme document.
In addition to supporting materials directly related to the JTA and schemes, the results of studies conducted to evaluate the potential for credentialed energy efficiency professionals are also available. A study of the alignment between three of the BBWG jobs and military occupations was conducted as well as a broader study of the commercial building workforce for all four BBWG jobs. Both studies are provided here to assist credentialing bodies, education and training providers and energy efficiency practitioners in evaluating the potential demand and supply for energy efficiency jobs and workers.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Karagozian & Case, Inc., Professional Testing, Inc. and the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) through its Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) have worked with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines aimed at improving the quality and consistency of worker credentials for blast protection specialists.
|Job Title||Job Description|
|Certified Blast Protection Professional||A Certified Blast Protection Professional characterizes hazardous explosion effects and designs solutions to mitigate the resulting consequences to specified assets.|
BPPG Job Task Analysis
BPPG Certification Scheme
Credentialing bodies that want access to the certification scheme in addition to the Job Task Analysis and supporting materials will need to also agree to license terms to access the scheme document.
Should you have any additional questions about the Facility Maintenance & Operations Council or would like to know more about the council's activities, please contact:
Kyle Barry, PMP
Sr. Project Manager
National Institute of Building Sciences