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Advanced PEER Curriculum
PEER 301 – PEER Assessment Process

GBCI: 0920008289

This course shows how PEER Assessment (formerly known as PEER Screening) can determine PEER certification readiness, provide benchmarking results, a value/gap assessment, and identify opportunities to improve sustainability. This course shows how GBCI currently offers a full PEER Assessment to our customers. The PEER Fundamentals course is a prerequisite. In addition, completion of the PEER 311 - PEER Energy Analysis for Campus Projects course is recommended prior to taking this course.
Eligible for 2 CE HOURS.
  • 2 CE

Rating system: v1 - PEER v1.1

Published on: July 12, 2016

Average: 4 (2 votes)


As a first step in utilizing PEER, PEER Assessment enables projects to complete an independent assessment of overall project sustainability while building the case for investment. It leverages the PEER Assessment tool to drive action, innovation, and investment. It uses the PEER framework to inform and build upon the existing sustainable energy plans, quantify the value produced to date, and identify new opportunities for improvement. Ultimately, a PEER Assessment provides projects with a roadmap and business framework for improving project sustainability and assessing readiness for PEER certification. Participants are provided with a brief overview of the PEER program that sets the stage for the sustainable assessment process, followed by an overview of the assessment sequence.

To learn the PEER Assessment process for campus and building projects, we encourage participants to also take the course PEER 311 – PEER Energy Analysis.

Note that if you upgrade to take the Advanced PEER Curriculum series to add the PEER 311 – PEER Energy Analysis , you will be eligible to receive up to 2 hours of coaching from a PEER technical expert to answer any questions you may have about the courses or your project.


  1. Identify projects that are already leaders in electrical supply sustainability and positioned to be recognized by the PEER certification.
  2. Benchmark project performance against local, state, and regional performance in reliability and environmental performance.
  3. Quantitatively assess the value created by the project and estimate the potential savings that can be recognized through investment in system improvements.
  4. Identify high value improvement opportunities to improve sustainability, create future savings, and create value for customers.


This course is a part of the following series:
Advanced PEER Curriculum

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Green Business Certification Inc.
Washington, DC
United States


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John Kelly

PEER Program U.S. Green Building Council

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PEER Education Lead U.S. Green Building Council
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PEER 311 – PEER Energy Analysis for Campus Projects

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Director of Sustainability, Northwell Health
Pro Reviewer

Very well done presentation. Clearly an advanced course, as appropriate. A well done course in keeping with the remainder of the PEER classes. Course is presented well Recommended for those considering implementing PEER. It provides a good start in the overall understanding of the PEER system and how to evaluate projects against the standard. A worthwhile springboard to acquiring a full and complete handle on a very complex rating system

Principal / Senior Sustainability Wizard, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Pro Reviewer

I largely agree with William Holness' comments: the learning objectives are met, the course is certainly at the "Advanced" level, and you would be well-advised to take notes while listening to and watching the A/V modules. This course is meant to enable a student to understand and deliver the process to screen a project for PEER path improvement and possible certification. It isn't meant to provide a complete path to PEER certification facilitation.

The A/V modules are well produced and the instructors are knowledgeable and present the content in a style that is comprehensible, if not particularly stirring or exciting. In their defense, the content is technically dense and is well-focused on providing the information needed to understand and deliver the PEER Screening process.

International Environmental Policy - Grad Student, CBRE
Pro Reviewer

The content of the course contributes to the achievement of the learning objectives as the course encomapsses a step-by-step methodology to follow in terms of what needs to be done as a PEER facilitator for projects to pursue PEER certification.

From the learner experience, this course meets the "Advance" level standards and I will recommend it for technical professionals with middle-to-high knowledge and experience with PEER. The course dives into how to sell PEER certification to clients, PEER categories, the Screening Sequence, step-by- step guidance on documenting using the Screening Workbook; a brief overview of the Microgrid 8760 tool for Campus projects; benchmarking, and reporting.

The course is content-intense so be ready to have a notepad while you are taking it so you can take advantage of all the information that is being provided, not only written on the slides, but also from the verbal comments of the course facilitators.

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