The Energy Management Institute trains the public servants of New York City in the forefront of energy management best practices and helps them develop the skills necessary to optimize building performance. EMI offers a broad range of training, certifications, and other technical support to City of New York staff, including energy managers, building operators, engineers, and tradespeople, free of charge.

Building Operator Certification Level 1

This course is the foundational energy efficiency course for building operators working in City facilities. It is designed to help building operators identify opportunities to make their facilities more energy-efficient so they can contribute to meeting City energy and emissions reduction goals. BOC-1 provides an overview of building systems and equipment, including electrical systems, mechanical systems, lighting technologies, and building controls. It also introduces students to energy data management and analysis and operational improvements that can improve energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

This certification course consists of 1 in-person class (first class) and 11 synchronous online sessions taught by subject matter experts over a four-month period, complemented by 14 self-paced online modules. Participants are required to attend all sessions, submit four projects, and pass all four module exams. See the full course syllabus here.


Class Dates: Thursdays - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/8, 12/22, 1/12, 1/26

Class Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom - First class on 09/29 will be delivered in-person at the DCAS CTC location (1 Centre Street - New York, NY 10007). Students will be required to attend the first session in person to receive their course materials.

Capacity: 20 Students.

Time Commitment to Class: High

Building Operator Certification Level 2

BOC-2 offers advanced training to City staff who meet the enrollment pre-requisites and want to further their building energy management skills. BOC-2 is comprised of six core modules: (1) Best Practices for High-Performance Operations and Maintenance (“O&M”); (2) Sensors, Calibration, and Transmitters; (3) HVAC Controls Optimization; (4) Energy Strategies: Control Sequences of Operation; (5) Electrical Maintenance and Troubleshooting; and (6) Boiler Plant and Hydronic System High-Performance O&M.

BOC-2 consists of 22 sessions taught by subject matter experts over a 28-week period, as well as 10 self-paced online modules. See the full course syllabus here.


Class Dates: Fridays,  October 28 (in-person), November 18 (in-person), December 2, 9, 16, January 6 (in-person), 13, 20, February 3, 10, 17, March 3 (in-person), 10, 17, 31, April 21 (in-person), 28, May 5, 12, 26, June 2 (in-person), 9.

Class Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: This is a hybrid course. In-person sessions will be delivered at the DCAS CTC location (1 Centre Street - New York, NY 10007). Virtual sessions will be delivered via Zoom.

Capacity: 15 Students

Time Commitment to Class: High


Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Preparation Course and Exam

The Certified Energy Manager (CEM) course prepares students for the CEM certification exam offered by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). CEM operates as a standard for qualifying energy professionals in the United States and abroad; this course is designed to provide participants with an in-depth, technical review of energy use and costs optimization within non-residential buildings. 

The five-day CEM course is offered over a one-week period, consisting of four days of virtual instructional sessions taught by subject matter experts and one day for the comprehensive certification exam, scheduled by the student after the class. Participants are required to attend all sessions and take the certification exam. See the full course syllabus here.


Learning Path: AEE Certification Training

Class Dates: 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8 + self scheduled exam

Class Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Time Commitment to Class: High

Location: Virtual via ZOOM


Load Management Training and Coaching 

Note: The DCAS DEM Load Management Team reviews registration requests to ensure that participants have met the required prerequisites to participate in the course. To determine if you qualify, please reach out to us via:

This course consists of two training and six coaching sessions (eight sessions in total) taught by subject matter experts.  These sessions consist of hands-on virtual coaching and instruction, during which the CUNY Building Performance Lab coaches and the DEM Load Management team work closely with participants to identify and implement operational improvements at their specific buildings. Participants are required to attend all sessions and submit assignments and take-home activities. See full course syllabus here.


Learning Path: Load Management Training

Class Dates: 

  • Cohort A, Agency-specific (DCAS) - Thursdays, 9/1/22, 9/15/22, 9/29/22, 10/13/22,10/27/22, 11/10/22, 12/1/22, 12/15/22 (9:00 am to 12:30 pm)
  • Cohort B, Libraries-specific - Wednesdays, 9/7/22, 9/21/22, 10/5/22, 10/19/22, 11/2/22, 11/16/22, 12/7/22, 12/21/22 (9:00 am to 12:30 pm)
  • Cohort C, Agency-specific (CUNY) - Thursdays, 1/5/23, 1/19/23, 2/2/23, 2/16/23, 3/2/23, 3/16/23, 3/30/23, 4/13/23 (9:00 am to 12:30 pm)
  • Cohort D, Schools-specific - Wednesdays - 1/11/23, 1/25/23, 2/8/23, 2/22/23, 3/8/23, 3/22/23, 4/5/23, 4/19/23 (9:00 am to 12:30 pm)
  • Cohort E - Thursdays, 5/4/23, 5/18/23, 6/1/23, 6/15/23, 6/29/23, 7/13/23, 7/27/23, 8/10/23 (9:00 am to 12:30 pm)
  • Cohort F - Wednesdays, 5/10/23, 5/24/23, 6/7/23, 6/21/23, 7/5/23, 7/19/23, 8/2/23, 8/16/23 (9:00 am to 12:30 pm)

Time Commitment to Class: Medium

Location: Virtual via ZOOM

ASHRAE Instructor-led Courses

This year, EMI partnered with The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to offer City Agency Energy Personnel to offer high-quality, authoritative courses on building operations, future trends, high-performance buildings, air-to-air energy recovery and applications, and more!  

For more information on ASHRAE Instructor-led courses, please visit:

Learn more about the ASHRAE courses being offered by EMI below.

This course introduces the current version of ASHRAE Guideline 36. The discussion will include the research underlying the current sequences and ongoing and planned future research intended to develop additional advanced sequences for other HVAC system types. In this course, attendees will learn about the ASHRAE Guideline 36 sequences and how they improve energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality. Attendees will also learn how to specify sequences for this guideline.

Class Dates: 09/20

Class Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

The High-Performance Building Design: Applications and Future Trends course presents the applications of new technologies and design concepts to help to achieve high-performance buildings, including net-zero / nearly net-zero buildings, as well as future trends in store (e.g., smart grid, smart buildings, “future proofing” design, resiliency). The course consists of an online three-hour long workshop taught by ASHRAE instructors.

Class Dates: 09/22

Class Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

The Improving Existing Building Operations course offers a well-rounded knowledge of the proper operation and maintenance of existing HVAC systems. The course focuses on the importance of proper operation and maintenance of existing HVAC systems to increase building performance, with a strong emphasis on meeting multiple ASHRAE standards and guidelines. The course consists of three half-day online sessions (totaling 12 hours), taught by ASHRAE Fellows and instructors.

Class Dates: 10/25, 10/26, 10/27

Class Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Fundamentals reviews the latest ASHRAE and AHRI standards, codes and guidelines on air-to-air energy recovery technology. It is designed to help determine where and when energy recovery is mandated and why.

The online three-hour workshop also provides a detailed overview of the most popular commercially available technologies on the market today and explores their construction, psychrometrics, thermodynamic theory of operation, along with important operations and maintenance considerations for long life and consistent performance. 

Class Dates: Wednesday, 11/9

Class Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Applications: Best Practices reviews examples of where and how air-to-air energy recovery technologies are integrated into some of the most commonly used commercially available systems. The course will explore particular configurations most commonly used in high-performance buildings and how they can best be used to meet stretch goals for IEQ and energy efficiency. Thermal comfort will be examined regarding established performance metrics, peak performance results and annual energy savings.

The online three-hour workshop will evaluate different DOAS systems incorporating air-to-air energy recovery and explore how to avoid common errors in equipment design when evaluating these systems beyond just peak performance.

Class Dates: Wednesday, 11/16

Class Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Fundamentals of Building Systems - Blackboard Pilot

This course is designed to provide foundational energy management knowledge for City staff. It includes an overview of critical building systems and equipment, including their relationship to energy consumption; explains electrical and mechanical engineering concepts pertinent to building operations; and introduces best practices for energy efficiency in City buildings. The course prepares students without a technical background to succeed in Building Operator Certification (BOC) courses.

This course consists of a half-day online introductory session, followed by ten self-paced online modules in a virtual lab setting, and then a half-day online wrap-up session. Participants are required to attend all sessions, complete all online modules, and take the pre- and post-assessment exams. See the full course syllabus here.


Learning Path: Foundational Training

Class Dates: Tuesdays, 10/18 (Day 1), 11/1 (Day 2)

Class Time: Day 1: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Day 2: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom 

Time Commitment to Course: Low


Renewable Energy 101 

The Renewable Energy course is designed to help provide City staff with an introduction to renewable energy technologies in the context of the City’s clean energy goals. The course covers solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal for hot water systems, and the selection, installation, commissioning, maintenance, and monitoring of renewable energy systems.

This course consists of five (5) instructor-led sessions facilitated by subject matter experts, which includes lecture, activities, a hands-on lab and a field trip to a local solar installation. Participants are required to attend all sessions, complete all online modules, and take the pre- and post-assessment exams. See the full course syllabus here.


Class Dates: October 17, 18, 19, 20 (in-person) and 21 (in-person)

Class Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Room 418 at the New York City College of Technology
300 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 and
virtual via Zoom

Time Commitment to Course: High