Building Operator Training for the Community Housing Sector

Are you a Community Housing Provider?

Community housing providers are invited to take this free, Canada-wide training, customized specifically for the community and affordable housing sector!

In this free Building Operator Training course—a program of the Community Housing Transformation Centre and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, with content developed and delivered by SES—you will learn how to keep your homes and buildings operating efficiently, reduce energy usage, and create comfortable living conditions for your tenants, all while saving money.

The topics that will be covered in learning modules are:

  • Water Conservation
  • Electrical Billing and Sources
  • Lighting
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Air Conditioning

The training will be beneficial to maintenance staff, custodians, landlords, and property managers.

The entire course takes approximately 6 hours, with each learning module ranging from 30-60 minutes, which you can accomplish at your convenience.

What will you learn?


  • Identification of water conservation and high water-consuming equipment
  • Differentiate water usage and costs in municipalities throughout Canada
  • Water efficient selection and operation of showers, toilets, and faucets
  • Energy efficient operation of domestic hot water systems
  • Water efficient operation of outdoor irrigation and sprinklers, and options for landscaping

Electricity Billing and Sources:

  • Discover electrical costs, production, and greenhouse gas emissions by province and territory
  • The difference between demand and consumption, and how each impacts energy and cost savings
  • Examine power factors in your buildings


  • 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
  • Energy efficient operation of compressed air systems, motors and drives, car plugs and other equipment


  • Overall operation of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning used in small to medium-sized housing
  • Energy efficient operation and troubleshooting for thermostats, fans, motor controls, building automation systems, heat recovery, condensing heating systems
  • Identify air quality issues and hazards
  • Prepare for common HVAC maintenance issues and how to diagnose them

To investigate the learning modules, click here to register for the online learning portal.