Building Operator Certification (BOC)
Building better energy performance
NEEA’s Building Operator Certification (BOC) Expansion program provides technical training to improve energy performance for commercial and industrial buildings through operation and maintenance best practices for HVAC, lighting, and controls systems.
In an effort to reach more organizations and companies that operate buildings in the Northwest, NEEA partnered with BOC’s national program. NEEA’s Regional BOC Expansion initiative aims to accelerate adoption of energy efficiency practices by addressing market barriers to participation in BOC, such as lack of time, ability to pay, lack of service in rural markets, lack of awareness, and product performance standard. The goal of the initiative is to increase the value placed on BOC by employers and operators, which will lead to persistent energy savings over time.
By developing a regional market for educated and certified building operators, NEEA will work to achieve lasting improvement in the energy-efficient operation and maintenance (O&M) of commercial buildings serving K-12, government, higher education, healthcare, commercial real estate, hospitality, and manufacturing across the Northwest.
At 16 years, BOC is the longest-running energy-efficiency training and certification program in the industry and has demonstrated increased energy savings. Regionally, based on the estimated 286,000 square feet managed by each certified operator, estimated annual savings are $20,000.