The Commercial Building Energy Specialist (CBES) trainnig is a 5 days programme.  For 2018 this is split into a three day HVAC & Controls course and (on request) two day Lighting course.

The courses provide training in best-practice energy management and efficiency for engineers and technicians involved in the design, construction and maintenance of commercial buildings.

CBES - HVAC and Controls Information Brochure pdf

Who's the course for?

This Commercial Building Energy Specialist course has been created for professionals who work in improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings from the design stage on.  It covers the latest technology and techniques and is set at Advanced Trade to Degree level, equivalent to Levels 5-7 on the NZQA Framework.

Last Course Date for 2018

Wellington (Front & Centre, Tory Street)

HVAC & Controls:  25, 26 & 27 July (Wed-Fri)

Trainer: Rob Bishop

Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm daily

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Course Feedback

"Good overview of energy saving opportunities available in multiple aspects of systems.  Discussions raised during the course were also great, providing insight into specific examples of course items and their implementation." Chris Mills

"I enjoyed the course - it's provided a huge volume of information (and some interesting challenges for the future!)"  John Smyth

"The quality of the handouts is good, and great to be in colour. Rob is knowledgeable and passionate, so has been great to learn from."  Eugene Robson

Course Content

This presentation and  workshop-style course will cover the following topics:

HVAC & Controls - Days 1, 2 & 3

  • Basic HVAC design
  • Cooling plant hardware and efficiency
  • Boiler efficiency
  • Boiler Operations
  • Data centre energy efficiency
  • Mechanical systems design
  • Indoor air quality
  • Motor and drive efficiency HVAC 
  • Cooling plant operational efficiency
  • Mechanical Systems Commissioning
  • Monitoring and verification of energy savings
  • HVAC controls fundamentals
  • HVAC controls applications
  • HVAC control diagnostics
  • Continuous commission of HVAC controls for efficiency
  • Energy Management Systems- overview of ISO 50001

Lighting - Days 4 & 5 

  • Light and Vision
  • Lamps
  • Luminaires
  • Interior Lighting design
  • Lighting Audits
  • Lighting Retrofits
  • Day lighting
  • Lighting controls

Investment (excludes GST)

Discounts available for EMANZ, IRHACE & CIBSE Members - Earlybird closes (27 June) 4 weeks prior to start date.

HVAC & Controls Course (3 days) only
EMANZ Member
Register more than 4 weeks prior
Register within 4 weeks of the course start date

Lighting Course (2 days) only

EMANZ Member Non-member
Register more than 4 weeks prior
Register within 4 weeks of the course start date
CBES Course (5 days)

EMANZ Member

Register more than 4 weeks prior
Register within 4 weeks of the course start date
Please note:

  • IRHACE & CIBSE members pay EMANZ members price
  • An additional 5% discount applies for multiple bookings for the same course
  • A surcharge will apply if payment is made by credit card


  • Cancellations must be received in writing by EMANZ by 5pm, more than 6 working days prior to the training. A refund less a $50 admin fee will be returned.
  • Cancellations within 6 working days will incur a 50% course attendance fee.
  • Non-attendance without prior notification will incur a 100% course attendance fee.


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