Aug 6, 2014
I'd love to see a program like this broadly implemented. A well-written problem statement and approach the problem but I'm left wanting much more. You mention 2066? as the end date for the "medium-term phase" of this project, but yet provide no other information about the proposed phases and dates. And a $1M budget? You need to start somewhere, but this won't get you far at all - and the level detail you've provided (none) about how it would be allocated and over what timeframe doesn't give confidence you have an actual plan for implementation.
Aug 26, 2014
I wish you the best! Please, check my proposal in Waste Management Contest, named "REACC: Recycled Debris for Adaptation to Climate Change"; and I would apreciate your support as I supported your proposal.
Sep 3, 2014
Congratulations -- this proposal has been selected as a Finalist! Comments from Judges: This is a viable, well thought-out idea with strong potential that could effectively solve a very important problem. - Novelty: While vocational high schools are not necessarily a novel idea, it is a good one. - Workability: Realistic. - Effectiveness: Proposal could benefit from better articulating how a better trained workforce could have significant impact on increased energy efficiency (EE) in buildings. Also, there will likely be incremental benefits associated with better trained technicians but there are probably other factors which would effect EE in buildings to a greater level. - Thoroughness: Comprehensive. - Presentation: Good and could be made even more concise. Some other points that would need to be addressed for effective implementation: - Starting in ~10 years, I would expect machine learning systems to effectively replace some portion of the diagnostics capability that new BAS technicians would deliver. - How effectively can BAS technicians be trained with the skills to significantly increase controls performance? For at least a decade, a significant challenge has been that people with the necessary programming skills could command higher salaries in the IT field than in building controls. Best of luck in the voting period!
Hal N Schwartz
Sep 4, 2014
This is an important project. From my experience in town and local government Green programs it is even more critical in the municipal space. Large corporations and property management companies have means to overspend to find the resources to fill this knowledge gap. Unfortunately, municipalities do not and they are spending (if not required by state law to spend) significantly in green property designs that are instantly under-performing and not maintained to meet warranty requirements.
Sep 4, 2014
Education is the key! of course...but why not get some basic thermodynamics/energy concept earlier than grade schools? I mean those 4 years old kids control Ipad better than most adults! Also , you didn't mention energy recuperation as part of HVAC, that are "new" components that will re-use the heat from exhaust (heat wheel, fixed plate...). these guys a pretty cool: http://annexair.com/
Sep 6, 2014
Would it be possible to include into your training & communications a request to 'save the seeds of fruits eaten by their units (work/family) throughout the year and spread/help spread those seeds onto unused land in the vicinity.' This would help increase the green cover, density and in long run provide fruits free of cost to everyone. Along with marine a land based Biological Carbon Capture & Sequestration program would be beneficial. A proposal outlining such an approach is available. Following is a link to such a proposal. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300103/planId/1310401 This would bolster the efforts directed at finding workable solution to climate change..
Sep 15, 2014
Great idea and lots of bang for the buck. Good for employers, building owners, and future employees.
Osero Shadrack Tengeya
Sep 17, 2014
Hi dannile and your friends, kindly consider voting for my proposal shown on this link. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300206/planId/1002 Thanks.
Sep 23, 2014
Hi Danielle, Please consider voting for my proposal, https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300801/planId/1309001 Good luck with your entry! Asante/Thank-you @conserveaction
Sep 24, 2014
Great project! There's lots of evidence now that operations and maintenance can be as or more important than green design - this project would really help.
Sep 24, 2014
The project isn't "sexy". It is right on the money, so to speak, as the missing link with all the "sexy" controls that technicians are not requited to master or indeed trained to master. O hope it wins the prize. Beyond that, I hope it is recognized as a missing part of high tech buildings' achieved energy efficiency. Both climate and cost containment will benefit if the training is created and the responsible managers of high tech buildongs develop matching standards that their staffs are required to meet.
Sep 30, 2014
This topic is so important in todays world of technology and machine learning systems. This is a real world issue and can be addressed through proper training. Architects and engineers design great systems as technology improves, however BAS and other techs and trades people (not generalizing) are not trained and are left to deal with systems that are beyond their understanding. Buildings are never designed with maintainability in mind and as systems get more complex, they remain efficiency for 1 year and after that efficiency goes down the drain as the more complicated systems are put on "override" mode. Users have to hire highly paid techs from companies that sold the systems in order to fix or maintain them. Students have to be trained on real world situations and the very people that sell these complicated systems to buildings should be volunteering their time to train these students. This will now improve the quality of the workforce, increase salary of trained personnel and also create more jobs. Real world problem addressed very practically. Great job Danielle and hope the judges recognize this situation we have in buildings today. Its not about design and architecture, its about training and maintainability.
Oct 4, 2014
Congratulations!!! Please check the "Discusion Section" in the "Community" label... Proposal of activity during the Conference Session of 2014 Winners... https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/discussion#discussion%3DpageType%3ATHREAD%2CthreadId%3A1337218
Ajith (aj) Rao
Oct 7, 2014
Congratulations, Danielle! You had a very timely proposal, and the judges were very supportive of it. I wish you all the very best for the grand prize! Regards, Ajith
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