Listed below are resources that complement the BOC curriculum and offer additional support for implementing energy projects in commercial or institutional buildings.

Building Operator Certification

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a program of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. Visit the national BOC site to learn more about continuing education, instructor opportunities, and other BOC courses offered across the country.

VIDEO: ADECA Brings BOC to Alabama

Short video of BOC participants and instructors sharing the value of BOC.

Building Codes

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) maintains up to date information and resources regarding Alabama’s commercial and residential building codes.

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ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, is an online tool that can be used to benchmark energy and water consumption in individual or a whole portfolio of buildings.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Demonstration Series

A series of short demonstration videos on how to use Energy Star Portfolio Manager.


Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.



The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) offers low interest rate loans to implement energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems at existing private commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in Alabama.

Performance Contracting

Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) is a budget-neutral approach to make building improvements that reduce energy and water use and increase operational efficiency. By partnering with an energy service company (ESCO), a facility owner can use an ESPC to pay for today’s facility upgrades with tomorrow’s energy savings—without tapping into capital budgets.


State Energy Program

Funding for the State Energy Program comes from a U.S. Department of Energy grant and is managed by the Energy Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The funding is utilized to plan and implement energy programs in Alabama that are designed to achieve national energy goals such as lowering energy costs and consumption, decreasing reliance on imported energy, reducing impacts of energy production and use on the environment, and to increase energy security and reliability.

Alabama’s State Energy Program focuses on the following areas:

  • Grant funding for K-12 Schools, Local Governments, non-profits, and wastewater treatment facilities to implement energy-efficient retrofits
  • Free technical assistance to public organizations on Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), including RFP and contract review as well as an Alabama ESPC Guide
  • Maintaining and updating the Alabama Energy Assurance and Emergency Plan,
  • Administering the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board and providing Energy Codes Training
  • Administering the VW Settlement funding providing grant funds to organizations to reduce NOx emissions
  • Administering the AlabamaSAVES commercial and industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy loan program

Better Buildings Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Solution Center features a number of solutions to address energy efficiency in a variety of sectors. Below are a selection of featured toolkits: