This webinar, Building America: Building Science is Critical to Whether Buildings Work or Fail—Educating Workforce Professionals for Success, was May 30, 2017.

Speakers provided an overview of how building science education efforts at DOE are transforming the building industry. The annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition just wrapped up its fourth event. Attendees saw the work from the team that stood out among other outstanding entries.

To complement this competition, DOE has been developing the Guidelines for Building Science Education to establish a national platform for competency. This includes critical skills and knowledge across a comprehensive set of workforce classifications involved in residential and commercial buildings. Attendees saw how the new platform works and toured a website that can help professors and trainers easily provide and use peer-reviewed lecture notes, problem sets, and teaching materials that align with these guidelines.

Also, the DOE Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines integrates building science skills in certification and accreditation programs for commercial building workforce professionals. These guidelines are impacting associations overseeing four different workforce classifications. Presenters were Sam Rashkin, DOE Building Technologies Office chief architect, Cheryn Metzger, senior engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sara Farrar, senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Priya Swamy, Commercial Buildings Workforce Development manager at DOE.

The webinar recording is also available.