The SEED Center

Better Buildings


SEED and U.S. Department of Energy Form Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines Partnership

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the SEED Center have formed a partnership to design national, industry-led and government-recognized guidelines for the commercial building workforce in energy-related jobs. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project, facilitated by the National Institutes for Building Sciences, is taking the lead on national skills standards and credentialing and will align curricula with industry needs in commercial energy management, energy auditing, and building commissioning.

The SEED Center will be working with DOE to ensure community college faculty have the necessary information to launch new programs in these areas or to embed energy efficiency concepts into existing programs.  DOE’s guidelines will roll out in 2015 and we have two ways for you to be the first to get involved:

  • Join the technical advisory committee. We are seeking technical specialists in energy management, building automation, commercial HVAC, and/or general sustainable facilities operations who are focused on national credentialing. You’ll work with NIBS, DOE, and SEED to guide the effort. Email SEED with a statement of interest and your technical background.
  • Join the cohort of colleges that will be the first to explore the integration of these Guidelines into curriculum. Email SEED a brief statement of interest and description of your program. Participating colleges will be invited to a half-day training, work with a peer mentor, and receive technical assistance.

Download the Better Buildings Workforce Project Factsheet.

Why a National Standard? 

The wide array of certificate and certification programs has confused professional pathways and quality assurance of skills. These voluntary guidelines will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials for: Building Energy Auditor, Building Commissioning Professional, Building Operations Professional, Energy Manager, and Federal Facilities Manager.