Building Performance Institute (BPI)


Building Performance Institute (BPI)

BPI is the nation's premier standards development, quality assurance and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work.

Location: Malta, New York
Members: 312
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BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards and as a certifying body for personnel credentials.

BPI offers the following: 

  • National standards to ensure top quality, consistent protocols are being followed throughout the home performance and weatherization workforce
  • Certification of individuals in building analyst, heating, AC/heat pump, shell/envelope and multi-family designations
  • Accreditation of contracting companies committed to delivering quality home performance improvements
  • Quality assurance to verify conformance with BPI standards and provide feedback for continuing improvement
  • Partnership with testing organizations that deliver BPI services in their market 

Discussion Forum

October Newsletter & BPI's House of Horrors Gallery

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Tags: horrors, chump, the, stump, stc

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki 6 hours ago.

DOE Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Announces Successes

Good news out of the U.S. Department of Energy today: a new report on the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program shows that, on average, participating single family residential homes saved 15% of…Continue

Tags: performance, home, buildings, better, doe

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Sep 24.

BPI and ICC Introduce Co-Branded Building Science Principles (BSP) Reference Guide

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) has partnered with the International Code Council (ICC) to offer a co-branded version of its popular Building Science Principles (BSP) Reference…Continue

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Sep 23.

September Newsletter & Let's Play Stump the Chump! 2 Replies

***For the October edition only we will be featuring your best (worst?) "home performance horror shots and stories." Send us your images of home performance work that you've witnessed, gone terribly…Continue

Tags: contest, stc, chump, the, stump

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Sep 19.

Let's Play Stump the Chump! What's Wrong with this Picture? 6 Replies

Thanks to Jim Fritz, CEO of The Snell Group in Barre, VT for sending us this month's mysterious stumper.During an infrared inspection of a large…Continue

Tags: chump, the, stump

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki. Last reply by Quinn Korzeniecki Sep 14.

Obama Announced New Actions to Bring Energy Efficiency to Households across the Country

Big news out of The White House last week for the ‪‎clean energy‬ housing sector: HUD and DOE have partnered to make financing a mortgage even easier through DOE’s Home Energy Score!Homebuyers who…Continue

Tags: hud, fha, doe, efficiency

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Aug 31.

Let's Play Stump the Chump! 16 Replies

This month's mysterious stumper comes from Gregory Plet, BPI certified pro from Northeast Energy Conservation, Inc in Fairfield, New Jersey.Greg writes that one Friday he was doing a routine service…Continue

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky. Last reply by Quinn Korzeniecki Aug 17.

FREE BPI webinar: OSHA's Confined Spaces Rule Impacts Home Performance Workers

Check out this FREE webinar BPI is hosting on OSHA's Confined Spaces Rule Impacts Home Performance Workers on July 14th at 3PM EST. OSHA has developed a new rule to protect workers in confined…Continue

Tags: Performance, Home, OSHA, BPI

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky Jul 7.

Crawl spaces and attics: OSHA to implement new rule on confined spaces

OSHA’s new rule designed to protect workers in confined spaces takes effect on August 3rd, 2015. Routine tasks like installing spray-foam insulation in attics or installing plumbing in a crawlspace…Continue

Tags: Attics, Spaces, Crawl, OHSA

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky Jun 19.

Where Building Science Meets Healthy Homes

BPI CEO Larry Zarker talks about the nexus between building science retrofits and healthy home interventions with REMODELING magazine, and how home performance upgrades are helping people live more…Continue

Tags: BPI

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky Jun 17.

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Comment by Judi Lyall on May 30, 2013 at 5:35pm

Hi Folks,

   I have decided to retire and hopefully some lucky person will be able to take advantage of the tools I have. I bought these tools 2 years ago brand new.

1. ENERGY CONSERVATORY BLOWER DOOR W/ DG700 W/ USB PORT AND XTRA HOSE KIT, PADDED CASE                                                                                         2400.00

2. ENERGY CONSERVATORY DUCT BLASTER W/ DG700 W/ USB PORT                                                                                                         1500.00


4. FLUKE TiR INFARED CAMERA EXTRAS INCLUDE CAR CHARGER AND SUNSHEILD                                                                                              3600.00

5. TSI ACCU BALANCE MODEL 8371                                                      2700.00

6. 20 PC ZIP POLES AND DUC BLOCS                                                   1500.00


8. BACHARACH INFORMANT 2 LEAK DETECTOR W/ RUBBER CASING AND FLASHLIGHT HOLDER                                                                              300.00

9. INSULATION GRABBER                                                                           45.00

10. 2 3/8" TELESCOPING LED LIGHT, INSPECTION MIRROR                  10.00




Comment by Corbett Lunsford on February 14, 2012 at 10:28am

I'll be selling the books at RESNET, ACI, B4, and HVAC Excellence, if you want one in person instead, Paul!

Comment by Paul Lasicki on February 14, 2012 at 9:31am

Thanks Corbett,

Is there a way to order the book without signing up to LULU ?


Comment by Corbett Lunsford on February 14, 2012 at 9:15am

Paul- there's a new resource that spells out all those tests with step-by-step photos!  It's called Home Performance Diagnostics: the Guide to Advanced Testing, and it's available by clicking here.

Also, here's a page from the DOE weatherization curriculum with locations for CO sampling for many draft types.CO%20PROBE%20LOCATIONS.pdf

Comment by Paul Lasicki on February 14, 2012 at 3:56am

Hi, first, thanks for having created this group.

I would like to see BPI come out a complete section on testing for spillage, co, draft and efficiency on all the different Heating and DHW venting/ power venting, induced fan, direct venting, sealed combustion, etc.configurations out there, along with the difference between negative and positive venting.

Comment by Leslie McDowell, BPI on October 28, 2011 at 5:31pm

Hi Timothy, That's great news! If you can stand it, my main advice would be what your mother would say: eat all your vegetables, go to bed on time the night before, arrive with a clear head and a sharpened #2 pencil. Take good notes.

Beyond that, I recommend researching the "house as a system" concept of whole house energy efficiency. Start with this video, and read this page of our BPI website. You may want to look over the BPI Building Analyst Field Guide. If it is confusing, don't worry. It will make sense to you after you take the course. If you're really ambitious, Google the term "Whole House as a System" and browse; there's lots of interesting material out there. Best of luck!

Comment by Timothy DeLuca on October 27, 2011 at 8:33pm
Starting BPI Analyst on Monday. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Comment by Leslie McDowell, BPI on September 14, 2011 at 6:41am

Thanks for the question Sean. BPI can provide only a very general response, given the lack of specifics concerning the question.


If a contractor is stating an R value of 20, they would be required to verify the success of the installed measure just as they would any other measure. There will be a certain degree of variances (installed specifications) between R ratings based on the actual insulating materials being used. 


To achieve an overall insulation rating of R 20, the ducts would typically require extensive insulation being applied directly to them. While this may not be impossible, it may be highly unlikely given the fact that heating/air conditioning ducts frequently run in confined spaces, such as wall and ceiling bays. Ducts located in any confined spaces would allow only a certain amount of insulation to be applied properly.

Comment by Paul Raymer on September 13, 2011 at 2:19pm
Sean - You could use Rick Karg's Zip TestPro software to calculate the R value by knowing the delta T between the indoor surface temperature (the temperature of the wall of the duct) and the ground temperature around the duct and the temperature of the air in the duct and the temperature of the wall of the duct.  The software will then provide you with an R value.  (
Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on March 7, 2011 at 9:49am
Isn't it great that these terms: home performance contracting, energy audits, ratings, certification, team approach, leads, sales, marketing, money...  are out there big time in webinars and presentations as more and more contractors and providers are getting with this industry.  Let's not lose site of this:  PEOPLE use energy, not houses.  Yes, we want to close deals to get the work done.  And, we want to assist our customers in getting what THEY want.  We remember to Listen and Love our customers.

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