Building Performance Institute (BPI)

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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: 292
Latest Activity: Mar 12

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 

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BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

BPI has a new home on the web!BPI.org is a new interactive website designed to educate homeowners on the value of home performance energy…Continue

Tags: website, Consumer, Homeowner, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel Mar 12.

Have you heard!? BPI's BSP Certificate Approved as Home Energy Score Prerequisite 1 Reply

The Building Performance Institute's Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge has been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a minimum qualifying credential for…Continue

Tags: HES, DOE, BSP, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel. Last reply by Stan Kuhn Mar 4.

Have you heard!? BPI's Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge exam and Reference Guide are now available in Spanish!

"BPI recognizes that there are many Spanish speaking professionals in the home performance industry, or looking to develop their careers here," says BPI CEO Larry Zarker. "The Spanish BSP offers…Continue

Tags: Spanish, BSP, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel Jan 19.

BPI Energy Auditors Carry the Banner for Dominion East Ohio's Highly Successful Energy Efficiency Program 2 Replies

GoodCents energy auditors, certified by the Building Performance Institute, are the gatekeepers to an incredibly successful Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program implemented by Dominion…Continue

Tags: Auditor, Energy, Ohio, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel. Last reply by tedkidd Jan 12.

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is proud to announce that BPI-1100-T-2014: Home Energy Auditing Standard has been published as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard.…Continue

Tags: Energy, Audit, Home, 1100, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel Dec 22, 2014.

CREIA to Recognize Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate for Continuing Education

The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) has recognized BPI's…Continue

Tags: CREIA, BSP, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel Nov 12, 2014.

Colorado Energy Office Partners with BPI to Advance the Home Energy Score

Coloradans will soon benefit from a brand new partnership between the Colorado Energy Office and BPI to advance the Home Energy Score.…Continue

Tags: HES, Colorado, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel Nov 3, 2014.

BPI Introduces IDL Certification for Duct and Envelope Tightness Testing Verification

Expand your knowledge, expertise and opportunity with BPI's BRAND NEW Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) certification. The IDL is a task-oriented credential that verifies a candidate can…Continue

Tags: Certification, Leakage, Duct, Infiltration

Started by Mike Kandel Oct 29, 2014.

BPI Accepting Applications for Standards Technical Committees

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) continually reviews and updates technical standards used by the residential energy retrofit industry. BPI's Standards Technical Committees (STC) develop…Continue

Tags: Apply, STC, Standards, BPI

Started by Mike Kandel Oct 22, 2014.

BPI's Building Science Principles Second Edition Now Available

HAVE YOU HEARD!? Today, BPI released the second edition of the Building Science Principles Certificate Exam and Reference Guide!The second edition features an entire section dedicated to DOE's Home…Continue

Tags: Building, Science, Edition, Second, BSP

Started by Mike Kandel Oct 9, 2014.

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

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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)
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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