The group is working to develop an educational curriculum and certification of operations and maintenance (O&M) personnel for high-tech facilities.
I2SL, with representatives of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Laney College, The City University of New York (CUNY), Brown University, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, offered presentations and facilitated discussions at IFMA Facility Fusion 2012 to again solicit responses to I2SL's proposal at the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference to certify O&M personnel for high-tech facilities. I2SL outlined a proposed educational curriculum, which was discussed among participants as an added level of expertise beyond existing certifications. An I2SL working group has now been formed with representatives from Laney College, CUNY, Brown University, Texas A&M University, Trane, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Merck Group.
In addition, Laney College believes it may have been successful in receiving an National Science Foundation "Centers" grant for its HVAC training program, which would enable it to continue its role in I2SL's high-tech O&M initiative.
The working group is currently planning a series of webinar meetings to discuss the value of the proposed curriculum, develop a core problem statement, form an industry advisory group with owners and union representatives, and conduct a facilitated industry advisory meeting at the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference.