ESTCP and Slipstream

Advanced Controls: Bridging the Knowledge Gap

Advanced Controls: Bridging the Knowledge Gap

A New Resource for DoD Energy Managers and Building Operators

Did you know that advanced building controls and energy management strategies could result in an average of nearly 30% energy savings? Unfortunately, there is an industry-wide knowledge gap that addresses how to utilize advanced controls to capitalize on energy savings and ensure buildings run at peak performance.

Slipstream was awarded a grant by the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) to develop a comprehensive training resource to bridge this knowledge gap. Our project partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Texas A&M University and TRC. For more about the project, see the ESTCP project overview and watch our webinar recording.

The training content includes 17 short sessions for energy managers and 21 in-depth hour-long sessions targeting building operators and facility engineers. Topics cover fundamentals of building controls, advanced control strategies including the ASHRAE Guideline 36 high-performance sequences of operations for HVAC systems, building energy modeling and intelligent building operations, and retro-commissioning and re-tuning. Attendees also have the opportunity to earn nearly 20 hours of continuing education credit.

Who should view this series?

DoD energy managers are encouraged to complete our brief 15-minute recordings on advanced building controls topics. These sessions are intended for energy managers who may lack background or experience in advanced controls. Each course is presented by an industry expert and an on-demand self-paced learning option is offered through our interactive learning management system (LMS). Several DoD ESTCP case studies on advanced controls demonstration projects can also be accessed on our LMS.

There is a separate training curriculum for DoD building operators and facility engineers that goes into greater depth and detail on advanced controls and energy management strategies. These courses are up to one-hour in length and offer continuing education credits. There is no cost to access this training resource.


The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s environmental technology demonstration and validation program. The program’s goal is to identify and assess innovative technologies that address DoD’s high-priority environmental requirements efficiently and cost-effectively.