BRT is a systematic process to identify and correct building operational problems that lead to energy waste. It is implemented at no- or low-cost other than the labor required to perform the Re-Tuning process.
The broad goal of the GPIC Education and Workforce task is to ensure a skilled workforce at all levels in the energy efficient buildings sector in Greater Philadelphia. One of the first steps under the education task was to conduct a skills gap analysis to articulate the education and training needs of the market. It became clear, however, that the occupational classifications relating to the GPIC Hub — and the commercial EEB retrofit market — had not been clearly defined and, therefore, that the specific skill sets or competencies for jobs within a classification scheme could not be adequately articulated.
A key objective of GPIC is to design more impactful policies that will affect the market uptake of energy efficient solutions that conform to the overall goal of the GPIC Hub. As such, a macromodeling effort was undertaken to analyze and forecast the regional impact of policies and programs that might be put forward by GPIC’s Policy, Market, and Behavior (PMB) and crosstask researchers. A Policy and Market Macro-Modeling collaborative working group was formed under PMB to create analytical methods and tools to quantify the effects of policies on the adoption of energy conservation measures in commercial buildings. This report describes the methodology developed by the Policy and Market Macro-Modeling working group.
On October 20, 2011 more than 60 educators and industry representatives came together in Building 101 at the Navy Yard to forge connections, discuss the state of the energy efficient building industry is today, what role educational institutions can play to help drive the market, and how to bridge the transition. This meeting was intended to begin discussions among regional educators, GPIC, and business leaders around the goals of GPIC.