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: 320
Latest Activity: on Thursday

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

Creating a Home that is Right for You and Your Family

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki on Thursday. 0 Replies

Today's prospective homeowners have the option of either buying an existing home or building one from scratch. With both options come choices, such as finding the right floor plan and making sure the…Continue

October Newsletter & Stump the Chump!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Oct 10. 0 Replies

The October edition of BPI's newsletter is out! This month digs in to what the Healthy Home Evaluator certification has to offer and how to get it, which states are the most energy…Continue

Tags: bpi, newsletter

Energy Efficiency Day!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Oct 5. 0 Replies

Today (October 5th), over 115 organizations (such as BPI, Efficiency First, DOE, ACEEE, Bank of America, PG&E, NREL, and many more) are working together to spread the word about the benefits of…Continue

Tags: energy efficiency day 2016, eeday2016, energy efficiency

September Newsletter & Let's Play Stump the Chump!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Sep 7. 0 Replies

Fall into home performance with September's edition of BPI's Performance Matters e-Newsletter. This month covers tips on how to improve every page of your contractor website, news on the top 10…Continue

Tags: bpi, stc, stump the chump

BPI Accepting Applications for Multifamily Standards Technical Committee

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Aug 22. 0 Replies

BPI is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Multifamily Standards Technical Committee. Applications are due by September 22, 2016.BPI continually reviews and…Continue

Tags: standards committee, stc, bpi

BPI Phrase of the Month: Stack Effect

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Aug 16. 0 Replies

And now for the latest installment of BPI's Phrase of the Month blog series! What is stack effect and how does it directly affect heating and cooling costs? Matt Anderson, BPI's Director of Client…Continue

Tags: bpi, home performance, stack effect

We Need Your Help!

Started by Quinn Korzeniecki Aug 3. 0 Replies

BPI is looking to complete an overhaul of its website for our certified professionals and contractors to get more information on the company, our certifications, standards and other services we have…Continue

Tags: bpi, website, survey, feedback

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

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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: 

DM32 Smart Gauge Field App: 


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.  (

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