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ERIC Number: ED511657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools
US Department of Energy
The guide allows users to adapt and implement suggested O&M (operating and maintaining) strategies to address specific energy efficiency goals. It recognizes and expands on existing tools and resources that are widely used throughout the high-performance school industry. The guide is organized into the following sections: (1) Chapter 1: Identifying Energy Savings and Getting Started introduces enhanced O&M practices to increase energy efficiency. This chapter describes the essential steps to immediately improve O&M for novice facility managers and schools with limited resources; (2) Chapter 2: Developing and Implementing an Energy Management Plan describes advanced steps necessary for integrating energy-focused O&M into renovations, curriculum, and business planning. This chapter is intended for advanced readers and schools with better access to financial and staffing capabilities; (3) Chapter 3: Technical Considerations is a reference chapter that details O&M best practices compiled from numerous sources. This resource is appropriate for all levels of experience; and (4) EnergySmart Schools O&M Action Plans contain customizable take-away checklists for all users to begin planning and implementing energy-focused O&M. Appendices include: (1) Additional Questions for Staff During Initial Data-Gathering; (2) ENERGY STAR[R] Portfolio Manager and K-12 School Data Input; (3) Energy Report Card for Presenting Audits and/or Benchmarking Results; (4) Detailed Energy Management Strategies to Support Making the Business Case and O&M Program Implementation; (5) Energy Policy Examples; (6) Elements to Consider During the Development of Energy Management Policies, Procedures, or Plans; (7) High-Performance School O&M Barriers and Solutions; (8) Detailed Critical Factors for Implementing Advanced O&M Management; (9) U.S. Green Building Council Template for Building Operating Plan for Schools; and (10) Additional Resources. (Contains 5 tables, 3 figures, and 33 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
Authoring Institution: US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy