2023 Fundamentals of High-Performance Buildings

Today’s facility professional is under constant pressure to meet various sustainability goals, but what does this mean for their buildings? This course helps participants gain an understanding of the high-performance sustainable infrastructure. Facilities professionals will learn the technologies that optimize system efficiency and promote sustainability, resulting in a high-performance building. 

Taught in a relaxed atmosphere, the FHPB course is divided into eight sections:

  • HVAC Technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Lighting
  • Water Efficiency
  • Building Envelope
  • Utilities
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracts 

Each presentation guides the participants through theory and practical application. The emphasis is to have participants understand the concepts so they can “speak the same language” as the engineers, contractors, and technicians with whom they interact when caring for their facilities. This course is intended for the person who may not have a technical background but has a need or desire to understand the high-performance building, such as facility managers, maintenance specialists, contracting officers, auditors, and interns.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded for 100 percent attendance and participation. 

This course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Instructors

Michael Conchilla, PSFEI Energy Engineer
Mark Garlicki, PSFEI Lead Water Systems Engineer
Brian Johnson, PSFEI Lead Electrical Engineer
Cecil Johnson, C&A Associates—PSFEI Course Instructor
Devin Pennebaker, PSFEI Energy Program Manager
Erik Sohn, PSFEI FCA Team Leader


Contact Meridyth Lanza at mbl24@psu.edu or 814-863-1659



The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) provides education programs, energy services, engineering services, and facility condition assessments to Pennsylvania state agencies, the federal government, and nonprofit organizations. The organization aims to advance its customers’ facilities engineering objectives through applied research, education, and innovation.

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute

Marion Place, Suite 414

135 East Nittany Avenue

State College, PA 16801

Phone: 814-865-7615

Fax: 814-863-7835