Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College
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Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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The Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute (NWEEI) at Lane Community College provides degrees in the energy and water industry throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Online - Energy Management Degree (on hold starting Fall of 2021)

Evaluate, analyze and reduce energy use
Scholarships Available

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Online - Energy Management Degree focused on Building Controls

Manage the control systems that make buildings smart and energy-efficient
Scholarships Available

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Online - Water Conservation Technician Degree

Design & implement effective water use/reuse
Scholarships Available   

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Take the next step toward a new career in energy efficiency or water conservation

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Energy-Efficient Operation of Commercial Buildings
Redefining the Energy Manager’s Job

by Peter Herzog

Commercial Efficiency Book IN PRINT!

Peter Herzog’s excellent reference, Energy Efficient Operation of Commercial Buildings, is back in print and available through NWEEI.

Today’s commercial buildings are complex super-systems that rely, not only on the efficient operation of individual equipment components, but on sub-systems of these components, and on control systems. Over time components and systems tend to wander from their design operational points and controls tend to drift from their set-points. Typically this means less efficient operation and greater energy and operation costs. Often this decreased performance goes unnoticed.

diagram illustrating a mechanical system (HVAC) and occupant comfort in different spacesIn Peter Herzog’s words: “Most people assume that standard operating and maintenance practices will ensure energy efficiency, but the truth is that very few facilities have processes in place to ensure energy-efficient operation. As a result, most facilities needlessly waste 10 to 25 percent of the energy they purchase.”

In 197 well-written pages, amply and creatively illustrated by John Carmody, Energy- Efficient Operation of Commercial Buildings lays out a simple and logical process for ensuring operation efficiency of typical building systems. The process is amplified through numerous examples and flow charts.

Peter Herzog provides a method, analysis techniques, and the step-by-step guidance that will permit a facility operator or energy manager to tap into the same energy and cost savings available to paid performance contractors – while keeping the savings in house.

This is a must-have book for anyone operating a building. NWEEI has arranged with the author to make available a soft cover, spiral bound edition of this book at the affordable price of $65.00 plus shipping and handling.(While the book can be found on Amazon they have often charged anywhere from $100-200 )
If you’d like to order a copy, contact us at 541-463-3670.

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Eugene Water & Electric Board