Course Description

BOC 1001: Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems introduces the new Building Operator Certification Level I curriculum, offered for the first time in 2013.  Gain an overview of the Building Operator Certification program and building systems fundamentals with a focus on operation and maintenance of envelope, central heating, cooling, air and ventilating systems in buildings.  Group problem-solving and exercises with respect to preventive maintenance are emphasized.

BOC 1001 may be taken as stand-alone course or as the first course for the Level I Building Operator Certification.  For the BOC Level I training certificate of completion, BOC 1001 must be completed with BOC 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, and 1009.  Participants are required to complete and submit an HVAC Equipment Floor Plan prior to the next course, BOC 1002: Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Building operators and maintenance workers
  • Facility managers, engineers and support staff
  • Mechanical and electrical contractors who support chiller plants
  • HVAC technicians, electricians, operations technicians and supervisors

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Recall eligibility and certification requirements for earning the Building Operator Certification (BOC).
  • Describe the building operators’ role in achieving and sustaining energy-efficient building operation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of whole building systems and how components interact with each other, with the building, its occupants, and the environment.
  • Recall how to maintain energy using building systems, equipment, and envelope to minimize energy use and resources usages as well as the building envelope and heat transfer characteristics.
  • Describe how climate location will likely influence load, operation and maintenance and the energy efficiency of various approaches to HVAC.
  • Describe various energy sources currently in use for heating, cooling & ventilation and their likely costs per BTU and impact on carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Discuss the benefits of preventive maintenance and troubleshooting service records programs for HVAC equipment and controls.
  • Recognize various environmental conditions that emphasize or challenge optimum occupant performance and energy efficiency for a building's air delivery systems (heating, cooling, and ventilation).
  • Explain troubleshooting and optimization approaches for heating and cooling units, systematic diagnostic procedures, and determination of repair needs.
  • Recall building shell evaluation techniques and proven retrofit approaches to reduce energy use.
  • Recall HVAC equipment being deployed in high-performance buildings (e.g., condensing boilers, ground-source heat pumps, chilled beams).


The United States Green Building Council (www.gbci.org) has approved the core BOC Level I curriculum for continuing education hours toward the LEED Credential Maintenance Program. 1001 is approved for 16.0 GBCI continuing education hours.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates or Series

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