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Building Performance Institute (BPI)

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

Website: http://www.bpi.org
Location: Malta, New York
Members: 316
Latest Activity: Jun 1

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

Proof is Possible Tour Coming to New Jersey and New York City!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Jun 1. 0 Replies

The 2016 Proof is Possible Tour is heading to New Jersey and New York City in the coming weeks! Grace and Corbett Lunsford (baby and Tiny Lab, too!) will be in the following locations on these…Continue

Tags: home performance, proof is possible tour

What's the Value of a Life Saved?

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki May 2. 0 Replies

With the recent release of the Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) credential, we thought it timely to unearth an article from our archives by BPI CEO Larry Zarker on how these healthy home evaluations in…Continue

Tags: energy audit, healthy homes

April Newsletter & Let's Play Stump the Chump!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Apr 20. 0 Replies

The April edition of our e-Newsletter, Performance Matters, is out! Check it out to learn more about Fannie Mae's new 'HomeStyle Energy' Mortgage, the early success of BPI's new Healthy Home…Continue

Tags: chump', the, 'stump, newsletter

March Newsletter & Let's Play Stump the Chump!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Mar 16. 0 Replies

Michael "Max" Grove, President and BPI certified Building Analyst at Max Insulation in Washington, D.C. posed this month's stumper.Max says, "Today, my manager Nick Gibbs and I were invited by a…Continue

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BPI Introduces the Healthy Home Evaluator Credential

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Mar 9. 0 Replies

This spring the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) will introduce the Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) credential to the nation's home performance, weatherization and healthy housing workforce,…Continue

Tags: credential, certification, healthy homes

BPI CEO Larry Zarker Interviewed on Healthy Indoors Show

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Jan 13. 0 Replies

Check out BPI CEO Larry Zarker's interview on the Healthy Indoors Show, taped at Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C. in November. Larry speaks about what BPI has to offer and how our standards focus…Continue

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Heroic Homeowner: New Windows Not Always the “Sexiest” Way to Make Your Home Efficient

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Dec 21, 2015. 0 Replies

All too often, homeowners believe that the key to making their home more energy efficient and comfortable is to replace their windows. While this may seem like the "sexiest" way to button up your…Continue

Tags: bpi, home performance blog, blog

December Newsletter & Let's Play Stump the Chump!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki. Last reply by Stan Kuhn Dec 2, 2015. 1 Reply

Danny Gough, Principal at Energy Solutions, Inc. in Lewisville, NC posed this month's interesting stumper.Danny says, "While investigating a complaint…Continue

Tags: news, home performance news, stump the chump

BPI Sponsors 16-City Proof is Possible Tour

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Nov 13, 2015. 0 Replies

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is proud to announce its sponsorship of Corbett and Grace Lunsford's Proof is Possible U.S. Tour - a 16-city road show aiming to educate and entertain…Continue

Tags: proof is possible, home performance

November Newsletter & Let's Play Stump the Chump!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Nov 4, 2015. 0 Replies

Read the full newsletter: http://bit.ly/BPINovemberNewsletter.Rob Minnick, Owner and CEO of Minnick's Inc. in…Continue

Tags: news, home performance news, stump the chump

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Comment by Vernon House on October 29, 2015 at 12:48pm

Greeting Everyone - I have 20 Years in the Industry and have created 2 really cool Android Apps that may help make you life much easier.

BA Building Analyst: https://goo.gl/W1Ltnz 

DM32 Smart Gauge Field App: https://goo.gl/1K9z0T 

Thanks

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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 ?

Thanks

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.  (http://www.karg.com/products.htm)
 

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