Honeywell Launches New Training Program to Help Contractors Assess and Manage Energy Use in Commercial BuildingsIndustry-leading Certification Program Offers Contractors With Tools, Training and Certification To Advise Commercial Building Owners on Energy Retrofit OpportunitiesMar 11, 2013Contact:Tammy Benker SwansonHoneywell763firstname.lastname@example.orgMINNEAPOLIS (March 11, 2013) &emdash; Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today a new program for contractors that will provide them with the tools and expertise they need to advise commercial building owners on energy retrofit opportunities that can reduce their facilities' energy consumption. With Honeywell's new Energy and Environmental Optimization (EEO) program, contractors can be certified to assess and recommend energy savings for commercial buildings and help owners reduce a growing cost-driver.The new EEO program will assist contractors in helping building owners manage fluctuating energy costs, stakeholder expectations and regulatory or market mandates by utilizing a broad portfolio of Honeywell energy efficiency products and solutions. "Today's energy costs are unstable and will likely continue to rise," said Tom Rosback, general manager of commercial control systems at Honeywell. "Additionally, utility companies are billing customers based on energy demand and usage, while the government and market are mandating energy efficiency action. Currently, 65% of current commercial and industrial buildings were built before 1985 and lack energy efficiency. This is the equation that proves the need for a new breed of contractor who can show end-users the value of improving building functionality, meeting mandates and increasing energy efficiency."The EEO program certification is comprised of two components: the EEO Toolset and the EEO Training Program.The EEO Toolset guides contractors through the process of assessing a building for energy savings. The PC-based software tool easily walks EEO-certified contractors through the prospecting, assessing, modeling and proposal stages of the EEO life cycle. Used in conjunction with the EEO Training Program, building owners finally have a reliable, cost-effective solution for their energy challenges. The EEO Training Program is comprised of eLearning courses and an instructor-led energy sales training course to help building professionals seize opportunities that focus on energy and environmental optimization while managing their costs and environmental challenges."When the recession hit, I decided to grow my business by focusing on energy retrofits in commercial buildings. In the process of obtaining my own EEO certification, I found it is the perfect starting point for any contractor who wants to be in the energy retrofit business," said Rick Gorka, president and founder of Airon Group. "Honeywell has the ability to provide the toolset, but more importantly the training that any contractor is going to need in order to provide an advantage over the competition in this marketplace."The eLearning Training Course series offers modules that allow contractors to learn at their own pace and schedule. In addition, a final certification exam is offered that finalizes certification. The eLearning Training Course series includes:-- Energy Selling, Market Trends and Drivers: What's happening in the energy market, why it matters and how owners can and should respond-- Technical: Technical training on Energy Efficiency Measure that are included in the EEO Toolset.-- EEO Toolset: Explanation of the tools and how to put them into practice.For more information on the Energy Environment and Optimization Program visit https://customer.honeywell.com/en-US/training/commercial/classroom/honeywell-training-center/Pages/default.aspx.Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. 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