Building Operator Training

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What is Building Operator Training?

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society Building Operator Training (BOT) Program is designed to introduce custodians and building operators to energy conservation principles, new technologies, and facility retrofits that will save energy and money. For example, new lighting technologies use 60 to 70% less energy. Occupant awareness can reduce utility costs in a building 5 to 10%.

Note: BOT is designed for those individuals who provide a generalized service to their organizations, such as individuals who operate an entire facility. Visit Energy Awareness Training for individuals using the facility.

Program Services:

BOT is a series of two half-day seminars (or one full day) with on-site presentations comprising of four different modules. The modules can be tailored to the specific needs of the group, adding or recombining topics as needed. The training sessions can also serve as an opportunity for technical staff to solve problems that may be specific to their facilities.

Participants in this program will receive:

  • A seminar that explains the impact of custodians and building operators on overall energy consumption
  • Both equipment and operational changes to reduce consumption
  • On-site presentations

  • Seminars can be provided as half or full day events

  • A certificate of completion

What will participants learn?

– Advantages and benefits of energy and water efficient equipment
– Energy efficient operation of building and its components
– Discussion of proposed or recent retrofits and how they will affect building occupants and operators (where applicable)

Topic areas covered:

Participants in Building Operator Training Workshops will learn the following:


  • the difference between demand and consumption, and how each impact energy and cost savings
  • the impact of the colour temperature and colour rendering of various light sources
  • advantages, disadvantages, applications and operational savings for various types of lighting
  • the use of daylighting and controls to improve lighting conditions and reduce consumption

Electrical Equipment:

  • what load scheduling is and how it applies to energy and cost savings
  • the role of energy monitoring in improving operations and creating savings
  • advantages, disadvantages, applications and operational savings for various appliances
  • the role of solar energy in buildings
  • energy efficient operation of compressed air systems, motors and drives, car plugs and other equipment


  • the connection between water conservation and energy conservation
  • water efficient selection and operation of showers, toilets, faucets and other fixtures
  • identification of high water consuming equipment
  • energy efficient operation of domestic hot water systems
  • water efficient operation of outdoor irrigation and sprinklers, and options for landscaping


  • overall operation of Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling Systems
  • energy efficient operation and trouble shooting for thermostats, fans, motor controls, building automation systems, heat recovery, condensing heating systems

What is the cost?

BOT costs $900 per half day or $1200 per full day, plus any associated travel costs. In addition, there is a charge of $30 per person attending (for certificates and handout materials). The client supplies the venue, lunch, and snacks.  Ask about customized courses.

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