Training (webinars, on-demand courses, and in-person events)


Data Center Toolkit Webinar Series: 

This four-part webinar series will introduce version 2.0 of the Center of Expertise's Energy Efficiency Toolkit. The toolkit is a set of tools and documents aimed at characterizing energy use and identifying energy conservation measures in data centers. The series will provide an overview of how to effectively utilize the toolkit in your data center, as well as a deeper dive into tools focused on air management, the electric power chain, and IT efficiency.

  • Webinar 1: A Suite of Energy Assessment Tools
  • Webinar 2: Electric Power Supply
  • Webinar 3: Air Management
  • Webinar 4: IT Efficiency

A Suite of Energy Assessment Tools (Webinar 1)

Tuesday, August 4th | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST | Register Now

This webinar introduces a comprehensive toolkit for identifying energy-saving opportunities in data centers, in furtherance of statutory and administrative requirements that federal agencies reduce their energy use and ensure energy resilience for critical infrastructure. Putting these tools in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables achievement of those objectives.

The most sought-after resources at the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsored Center for Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers are a set of tools and documents aimed at characterizing energy use and identifying energy conservation measures in data centers. These tools include data center-wide energy efficiency diagnostics, analytics for electric power components and air management, and a master list of energy efficiency actions for data centers--an encyclopedia of efficiency measures and implementation tips. Together with guidance documents, a data collection tool, and a reporting template, these resources constitute a publicly available, comprehensive toolkit for conducting a data center energy self assessment.

Nearly every component of the Data Center Energy Efficiency Toolkit has been updated or upgraded within the last year with particular attention to integrating, standardizing, and consolidating the components and adding a new information technology (IT) efficiency tool.

This webinar--the first in a four-part series--will introduce version 2.0 of the toolkit, including a brief tour through each component and its role in the energy assessment process for data centers. As time allows, the webinar also will include mentions of other Center of Expertise resources and technical assistance opportunities. Subsequent webinars in the series will take a deeper dive into tools focused on air management, the electric power chain, and IT efficiency.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Educate data center stakeholders in the DOE energy assessment process;
  • Educate data center stakeholders about assessment tools and their uses--as key instruments of an energy self assessment and for deeper dives into each data center subsystem (e.g., electric power, air management, cooling, servers, and other IT);/li>
  • Acquaint stakeholders with some energy conservation measure examples that frequently arise from an assessment and the outputs of some of the tools (e.g., energy and cost savings and payback periods);
  • Illustrate synergies and trade offs between energy efficiency and redundancy--analyses that are helpful in deciding when and how to consolidate or move workloads to the cloud;
  • Educate data center stakeholders about how the toolkit and energy assessment process can produce concrete plans of action and budgets and engender institutional support for retrofits and energy-efficient procurements.


Steve Greenberg, Senior Energy Management Engineer in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  Read Bio

Magnus Herrlin, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the High Tech & Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  Read Bio

Kim Traber, Founder and President, Traber Engineers  Read Bio

Ian Hoffman, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  Read Bio


Participation in Upcoming Industry Events

Better Buildings Webinar Series | EVERYONE HAS A DATA CENTER: HOW TO BE AN ENERGY CHAMPION FOR YOURS | Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET | Register

Learn how to make the business case for energy efficiency in data centers. This webinar will help participants identify key stakeholder interests, underlying drivers, and institutional and technical barriers that need to be considered and give attendees an overview of the technical concepts and relevant tools and resources involved.


Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Trainings

In order to accelerate energy savings, the data center industry and DOE partnered to develop the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program. The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers. DCEPs will:

  • Be qualified to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centers;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) and select Assessment Tools
  • Address energy opportunities in electrical systems, air management, HVAC, and IT equipment;
  • Meet academic/work experience requirements (pre-qualifications);
  • Receive training on conducting data center assessments;
  • Be required to pass one or two exams.

See our dedicated DCEP page for training dates!


On Demand Web-Based Courses & Webinars

FEMP On-Demand Data Center Efficiency Series

These on-demand data center energy efficiency courses were developed as part of a larger series, developed to be a comprehensive introduction to identifying and implementing energy efficiency measures in data centers. It is recommended that they are taken sequentially in the order presented below. To register for these courses, first create an account on WBDG here. To register for an individual course, once logged into your WBDG account, click the link associated with the training below, and click "Enroll in the Course" to the right of the individual course page. 

  • Data Center Energy Efficiency Best Practices - registration
    • This eTraining covers why energy efficient data centers are critical, the best energy efficiency opportunities, and energy management improvement processes. Topics include best practices for acquisition, benchmarking, performance metrics, and managing energy and environmental systems in Federal data centers.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: Air Management - registration
    • This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities in air management within the data center. This course will go in depth on hot and cold aisles, containment strategies, recirculation and bypass air, airflow restriction and congestion and alternatives to underfloor air management systems.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: Environmental Conditions - registration
    • This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities in the environmental considerations of a data center. These opportunities include room temperature considerations, humidity controls, ASHRAE Standards, and liquid cooling guidelines.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: Cooling Systems - registration
    • This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities in the cooling systems within a data center. The opportunities include optimizing traditional cooling systems, moving to liquid cooling systems, utilizing free cooling, and correcting humidity controls.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: Electrical Systems - registration
    • This course will present best practices on energy efficiency in data centers. This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities within the electrical system of the data center. This course will focus on efficient components and configurations of data centers, power conversions energy loss, and redundancy requirements for increased efficiency.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: IT Equipment and Software Efficiency - registration
    • This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities within the IT equipment, such as server energy efficiency opportunities, and consolidation best practices. It will cover the efficiency ratings for different power supplies and the ways software can be managed to keep the optimal load for energy savings.

Other On-Demand Courses

  • Opportunities for ESPCs in Data Centers
  • Designing and Managing Data Centers for Resilience: Demand Response and Microgrids 
  • Tutorial Webinar on DCPro.
  • Big Results in Small Places: Exploring the Untapped Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Data Centers. 
  • FEMP16 Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings: Data Centersregistration
    • This course covers the best known methods for reducing the energy-intensity of data centers by utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing the temperature within the data center, selecting energy-efficient cooling options, how to arrange server racks and aisles and many other efficiency opportunities. It emphasizes the need for server administrators to work with, rather than independent of facility operators.