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Technical Trainings

Efficiency Works-Business, in partnership with Fort Collins Utilities, provides monthly technical trainings on a variety of topics, including lighting, HVAC, office efficiency, emerging technologies, building envelope and solar.

Trainings are designed for contractors, energy consultants, designers, facility managers and trade allies.

We also provide professional assistance and opportunities to receive certificates of attendance that count toward continuing education credits.

Together, we can make it easier for local businesses to save money and conserve resources.


Location (new for 2017):
222 Laporte Ave. - Colorado River Community Room (map)
Parking garage or street parking only (parking map) - no vouchers will be issued.

Dates:
8:30-10 a.m., third Tuesday of each month (excluding August and December).

Light refreshments served


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2018 Presentations

Energy Efficiency 101
May 24, 8:30-10 a.m., networking 10-10:15 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room 

Learning the basics of energy efficiency can help you understand your utility bills and manage energy use. Find out about common terms, ways to evaluate technology and why utilities support efficiency. Also learn how to take advantage of utility incentive programs that reduce the cost of improving the performance of commercial facilities.

Presentation:
Energy Efficiency 101 (PDF 3MB)

Put Your Summer Irrigation on a Budget
April 26, 8:30-10 a.m., networking 10-10:15 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room

Learn to create water budgets based on landscape needs, while discovering best practices and other incentives for efficient irrigation. Also see the new, free Fort Collins Utilities service that helps customers and contractors visualize the impact of excess summer water use.

Presentation:
Know Your Allotment: Excess Water Use Fee Increases May Lead to Higher Bills (PDF 3MB)

Dynamic Duo: The Combined Power of Energy Efficiency and Renewables
March 22, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room

Have you ever wondered how renewables and energy efficiency fit together in a business? Find out the answer, while joining us to discuss the layering effect of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The training will examine commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives, and present a solar generation case study that examines the impact on energy (kWH), demand (KW) and the resulting financial savings.

Presentation:
The Combined Power of Energy Efficiency and Renewables (PDF 3MB)

Lighting Best Practices Lunch and Learn Series
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room

Join us for an exploration of lighting challenges and solutions with experts in the field.

Although each session can be taken individually, attendance at all three is encouraged for a comprehensive look at lighting design and technology.

  • Session 1: Outdoor Lighting and Night Skies
    February 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Be a good neighbor: Discover the keys of outdoor lighting design, understand the City’s night sky initiative and learn about the new Land Use Code.

    Presentations:
    Understanding Night Sky Resources (PDF 5MB)
    Night Sky Initiative (964KB)

  • Session 2: Principles of Good Interior Lighting
    February 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Go beyond basic retrofits with lighting designs that enhance the visual environment through the integration of luminaire choice and placement, controls and daylighting.

    Presentation:
    Principles of Good Interior Lighting (PDF 5MB)

  • Session 3: Trends in Lighting Technology
    February 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Step out on the edge to see what’s coming. Learn about emerging trends in LEDs, OLED, tunable lighting and controls. What is the future of lighting technology? Gain insights into what your business will look like in five years.

    Presentation:
    Trends in Lighting Technology (PDF 5MB)

Efficiency Works Business: 2018 and Beyond
January 25, 8:30-10 a.m., networking 10-10:15 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room

Discover what's new for rebates and other Efficiency Works opportunities in 2018. Stick around and meet the staff, get the inside scoop on expanding programs, and learn how to receive faster pre-approvals and rebate payments.

Presentation:
Efficiency Works Business: 2018 Rebates and Goals (PDF 3MB)


2017 Presentations

Efficiency Works: 2017 Rebates and Goals
Jan. 17, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room

Join us to learn about new rebates Efficiency Works will offer in 2017, while meeting the staff that works behind the scenes to make your projects a success. Also get the inside scoop on the best ways to manage your rebate applications to get the fastest pre-approvals for all your upgrades.
Presentation (PDF 4MB)


Outdoor Lighting: Dark Sky, Safety, Energy Efficiency and Code Compliance
February 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room
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Learn about the City of Fort Collins’ Night Sky Initiative, including best practices to reduce light pollution and optimize energy savings with new lighting and retrofits. Also learn about updates to building and land use codes relevant to outdoor lighting, along with new research on Human-Centric Lighting and the potential health effects of artificial light at night.
Presentation (PDF 3.8MB)


Water Efficiency: Web-Enabled Controllers
March 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room
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Web-enabled and app-based irrigation controllers are making sprinkler system management and troubleshooting easier than ever. Join us to see firsthand how organizations have implemented these systems to reduce water use while keeping their landscapes healthy.
Presentation (PDF 365KB)


Alternative and High Efficiency Cooling Technologies
April 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room
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Discover high efficiency and alternative cooling options for commercial spaces. Topics include evaporative space cooling (including precooling), as well as an introduction to technologies more applicable to larger customers (including chillers and cooling towers).
Presentation


Lessons from the Field: Multi-Family Building Air Tightness
May 16, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room
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Recognized as the new standard in multifamily air tightness testing, compartmentalization testing improves indoor air quality by reducing the transfer of smoke, odors and other pollutants between units, and also tests infiltration from the outdoors.

Discover best practices and lessons learned with examples from previous projects showing successful and unsuccessful designs, including how to ensure air barrier continuity on your plans, pass review and achieve a better test result.

Also learn how interactive communication between the builder, third party inspector/tester, the trades and the City of Fort Collins Energy Code Compliance Specialist, can not only help ensure assembly details that work, but also help reduce testing failures. Examples of compliance with different types of construction, and challenging air barrier continuity details will be covered in detail.
Presentation (PDF 6MB)


Rawhide Energy Station and Wind Farm Tour
June 20, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Meet at Platte River Power Authority's north parking lot, 2001 Danfield Court (map)

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Learn how electricity is generated with a tour of Platte River Power Authority’s Rawhide Energy Station and the Silver Sage Windpower Project. Platte River is the local wholesale electric provider owned by Estes Park, Fort Collins,Longmont and Loveland. Silver Sage is located 12 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and provides 12 megawatts of wind energy to Platte River’s generation portfolio.


Selling Energy Efficiency
July 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room
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Discover new tips and tricks for selling energy efficient upgrades on retrofits and new construction. Sales tools and techniques gathered across several utility energy efficiency programs will help you gain an edge and better serve your customers.
Presentations:
Presentation PowerPoint (PDF 902KB)
Walmart Case Study (PDF 439KB)
How to Speak a Grocers Language (PDF 74KB)


Demand Management Options for Commercial Customers
September 19, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room
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Understand electric demand charges (coincident peak and facility demand)and what you can do to reduce them. The presentation will cover automated notifications, online tools and automation systems (OpenADR).
Presentation:
Demand Response Training (PDF 1MB)


New Technologies for HVAC and Demand Control
October 17, 8:30-10 a.m.
222 Laporte Ave.
Colorado River Community Room
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Have you wondered if those trendy new products actually deliver the savings they promise? Find out the answer, while joining us to discuss a variety of emerging energy efficiency technologies.


2016 Presentations

Efficiency Works: What's New for 2016
Jan. 27, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Join us to learn about new rebates and grants offered by Efficiency Works in 2016. Also, discover an easier way to apply for rebates and stay connected to Efficiency Works and your projects.


Water Conservation: Xeriscape Incentive Program Contractor Orientation
Feb. 24, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Help promote water-efficient landscape by learning about our new Xeriscape Incentive Program (XIP). Attendees will earn XIP ambassador status and will be included on the resource list used by participants to find designers, contractors and more.


An Inside Look at Utilities’ New Administration Building
March 23, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Currently under construction at the corner of Laporte Avenue and Howes Street, the new Utilities Administration Building (UAB), will incorporate a number of energy efficiency features within a conventional construction budget. Join us for a presentation of the design process and building features, followed by a hardhat tour of the site.
Presentation:
An Inside Look at Utilities' New Administration Building (PDF 3MB)


Outdoor Lighting: Guide for Responsible Retrofits and New Installations
Apr. 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Join us for a presentation on outdoor lighting codes, best practices and the Dark Sky Initiative. The presentation applies to lighting retrofits and new installations, and is recommended for all local contractors and designers to ensure projects successfully achieve energy efficiency and code compliance.
Presentations:
Video
Protecting Night Sky Resources with Fully Sustainable Outdoor Lighting
Fort Collins Outdoor Lighting Standards
LED Lighting Good News Today, Bad News Tomorrow?
PDFs:
LED Lighting: Good News Today, Bad News Tomorrow? (PDF 10MB)
Protecting Night Sky Resources with Fully Sustainable Outdoor Lighting (PDF 16MB)
Fort Collins Outdoor Lighting Standards (PDF 1.2MB)


Increased Cooling Demand Means More Energy Saving Opportunities
May 25, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St. Community Room

Some of the largest, untapped energy and money saving opportunities are in commercial space cooling. Review local case studies and learn to take advantage of advances in cooling technology such as evaporative and 'free' cooling options. Also learn how Efficiency Works rebates and programs support low-cost cooling.
Presentation:
Increased Cooling Demand Means More Saving Opportunities (PDF 1.6MB)


New Financing Options for Commercial Energy Efficiency
June 22, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St. Community Room

Help your customers finance their next efficiency project. Administrators for the new Fort Collins Commercial Financing program will guide you through the process and provide updates on advances for other local and state financing programs.
Presentations:
C-PACE program overview (PDF 355KB)
Business Efficiency Loan (PDF 587KB)


Integrated EV and PV
July 27, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St. Community Room

Join us for a presentation about electric vehicle (EV) charging station technology, installation requirements, work place charging, photovoltaic (PV) integration and solar carports. We also will provide updates on potential funding sources and grants from state and local programs.
Presentation:
Integrated EV & PV Workshop (PDF 1.46MB)


A Tour of Platte River Power Authority's Rawhide Energy Station and Fort Collins Community Solar Garden
Sept. 21. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Meet at the Streets Facility located at 625 Ninth Street (street map, parking map).

Discover how electricity is generated by taking a half-day tour of Platte River Power Authority's (PRPA) Rawhide Energy and Fort Collins Community Solar Garden. PRPA is the local wholesale electric provider owned by Fort Collins, Estes Park, Longmont and Loveland. The Solar Garden is located at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Mulberry Street. Representatives from Fort Collins Utilities will host this informative visit of the 500+ kW photovoltaic facility.


New Options for Managing Peak and Facility Demand
Oct. 26, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St. Community Room

Join us to learn about the latest technology in demand response and management. Peak and facility demand charges can account for two-thirds of an energy bill, so proper management can save your customers thousands of dollars each year. Utilities representatives will present new methods and tools that can be used as a standalone solution or integrated into any efficiency project.


Annual Contractor Appreciation: Networking and Social
Nov. 16, 4-6 p.m.
The Lodge at MacKenzie Place
4751 Pleasant Oak Dr. (map)

Refreshments and appetizers provided.

Celebrate another successful year of Efficiency Works projects. Platte River Power Authority and Fort Collins Utilities staff will share project successes and highlights from 2016. Network with other contractors, consultants, facilities managers and utility staff members at this end of year celebration.

The evening will also feature door prizes, a sneak peak at 2017 and a first-ever Efficiency Works contractor award ceremony. Join us to see if you are a recipient.


2015 Presentations

Lighting the Next Wave of Energy Efficiency
Feb. 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Kyle Hemmi (CLEAResult) shared insights on current and future LED and control technologies, including ways the technology can maximize energy savings in various building types.

Presentation:
Lighting the Next Wave of Energy Efficiency (PDF 3MB)


Navigating Efficiency Works
Jan. 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

The Efficiency Works team discussed the Business Efficiency Grant and the latest 2015 rebates. Also provided was a detailed look at the Efficiency Works rebate application and required documentation.


Building Envelope: New Construction Code and Retrofits
Passing Your Commercial Building Air Tightness Test - the First Time
March 25, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

A presentation on design and construction steps that will substantially improve the odds of passing the City of Fort Collins building air tightness test. Attendees were invited to bring examples of current air tightness challenges to discuss potential solutions.

Presentation:
Air Tightness Testing (PDF 282KB)
Air Tightness Requirements (PDF 4MB)


Get Your Ducts in a Row - High Efficiency Air Systems for HVAC
April 15, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Presentation discussed opportunities to improve the efficiency of air-side delivery systems. Guests discovered how "green" duct design and other strategies can lower fan energy and create opportunities for downsizing equipment, while saving project and operation costs.

Presentation:
Green Ductwork Done Right (PDF 19MB)


New Regulations for Water Conservation
May 20, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Training explored new legislation that is changing the face of plumbing in Colorado and helped attendees gear up for 2016 when only WaterSense® labeled toilets, urinals, showerheads and aerators will be available for purchase. Guests also learned about the latest regulations allowing graywater systems and ways to install them.


Black Box and Emerging Technologies
June 17, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Have you wondered if those trendy new products actually deliver the savings they promise? Attendees discovered the answer, while discussing a variety of emerging conservation technologies.

Presentation: Black Box and Emerging Technologies (PDF 9MB)


Office / IT Efficiency: Get Plugged In - Part Two
July 15, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

This class was offered as a follow-up to the 2014 session. Attendance at the previous training was not required.
Energy used by office equipment, computers, small IT servers, and data centers are the fastest growing sources of energy consumption. Guests uncovered lessons learned from several local customers with heavy IT and data center loads. These businesses were evaluated and the recommendations offered for a holistic approach to energy reduction.

Presentation: IT and Data Center Energy Efficiency (PDF 3MB)


A Walk in a Sunny Garden Tour
Sept. 16, 8:30-10 a.m.

Guests toured the recently completed Fort Collins Community Solar (solar garden) project located at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Mulberry Street. Representatives from Clean Energy Collective and Fort Collins Utilities hosted this informative visit of the 500+ kW photovoltaic facility.


Integrated Design Assistance for New Construction and Major Renovation
Oct. 21, 8:30-10 a.m.

Guests learned how this innovative Fort Collins Utilities incentive program provides resources to help design and construct high performance buildings. Case studies of local projects were presented.

Presentation:
Woodward (PDF 8MB)
Powerhouse Energy Campus (PDF 3MB)


Building Automation Systems - Enhance Savings and Commissioning
Nov. 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Join us for a presentation of lessons learned from the Efficiency Works Building Automation Systems (BAS) pilot program. This training investigates what happens when owners and staff have the ability to track savings in real-time; and how monitoring-based commissioning (MBx) enhances analysis and savings.

Presentation:
Energy Workshop (PDF 2MB)


2014 Presentations

HVAC Efficiency: Technology, Retrofits and Rebates
March 19, 2014

Learn about the different technologies, how the systems work, what tests support energy savings claims and how to get incentives to help offset the cost of these controls.

Presentations:


Design Assistance for New Construction and Major Renovation
April 16, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Learn about the recently revised Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP), based on the Architecture 2030 Challenge®. IDAP offers design, construction and performance incentives for owners and design teams. This training is geared toward architects, engineers, developers, contractors and building owners; a separate energy consultant training will be held April 30.


IDAP Energy Consultant Training
April 30, 9 a.m.-noon
700 Wood St., Energy Room

This training is required to become an approved Energy Consultant for the recently revised Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP). Topics include program and participation details, as well as information on qualifying projects, application processes, program requirements, incentive structure and reporting requirements.


Powerhouse Campus Showcase
June 18, 3-5 p.m.
430 N. College Ave., Powerhouse Campus
Catered networking, 5-7 p.m.

The Powerhouse Energy Institute, built as an expansion of the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL) in the Old Town historic power plant, has been called "one of the most sustainable and energy efficient buildings ever built." Discover how the architects, designers and owners achieved LEED Platinum with sustainable and innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy design.


Building Envelope: Multi-Family and New Code
July 16, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Learn the new Energy Code requirements for multi-family air leakage testing in all stacked multi-family units, including tightness standards and how to best comply.


Water Conservation for Contractors
July 30, 8:30-10 a.m.
700 Wood St., Training Room

Residential plumbing has a large impact on efficient water use and can help Fort Collins meet local conservation goals. Learn about new state regulations in graywater and upcoming opportunities to establish your business as water efficiency experts. This event was originally scheduled for May 20


High-Performance Window Systems
August 20, 8:30-10 a.m.
Lincoln Center, Columbine Room

Recent advances in window and frame technology provide a significant opportunity to improve the comfort, durability and energy efficiency offered by commercial building envelope systems. Join Robert Clarke for an informative and entertaining presentation on principles, applications and case studies of high-performance window systems.

Presentation:


Retro-Commissioning and Code Requirements
September 17, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Building commissioning, re-commissioning, retro-commissioning, existing building commissioning, continuous commissioning and monitoring based commissioning. Learn what these terms mean as well as code requirements and best approaches for various facilities. Also, gain a better understanding of the approaches, tools and techniques for all types of building commissioning.

Presentation:


Office Efficiency: Get Plugged In
October 15, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Learn how to take a holistic approach to IT, server rooms and cooling systems. Energy used from office equipment, computers, small IT servers and other electronics that keep businesses running-often referred to as plug loads-are the fastest growing sources of energy consumption. Find out how to determine strategies and support available to reduce these loads.


Solar for Contractors
Nov. 19, 8:30-10 a.m.
215 N. Mason St., Community Room

Discover how solar compares to other energy- and cost-saving opportunities. Hear the latest of solar technology, cost, and local programs and incentives. Also, learn about Utilities' Home Efficiency Loan Program.