Montana ‘training retreat’ facility becomes part of the coast-to-coast network authorized to train students to rigorous BPI national standards and help them join the green collar economy
Pure Energy Coach, LLC, a leading provider of training, energy auditing and quality assurance services for home improvement professionals and energy efficiency programs, is pleased to announce that its new retreat-style training center, The Pure Energy Center near Lavina, Montana, has achieved Training Affiliate status with the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI). BPI is the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance, and national standards setting organization for home performance and energy efficiency retrofits.
The Pure Energy Center, a 212-acre campus nestled in the foothills of the Bull Mountains of south central Montana, is the fifth organization in the state to achieve BPI Affiliation, a designation that signifies the organization’s instructors and curriculum meet the standards required to prepare students for BPI Certified Professional written and hands-on exams. Pure Energy has held BPI Training Affiliate status for its Lancaster, Pennsylvania headquarters since late 2008.
“We are thrilled to receive our BPI affiliation for The Pure Energy Center!” says A. Tamasin Sterner, President and Chief Coach at Pure Energy. “We can’t wait to bring our proven training and mentoring programs to Montana. Our ability to offer courses in this unique working ranch setting is perfect for many folks who want to learn how to fix buildings. The Pure Energy Center is on gorgeous and peaceful land overrun with wild turkey, mule deer and an occasional bobcat, so it is quiet and remote enough to offer undistracted learning opportunities - and has several different types of buildings for practice and hands-on experience. Those who attend our courses can live on-site and have down-to-earth fun in the evenings. It is serious training in an amazing place."
Sterner goes on to say, "Don't get me wrong, this is a real corporate retreat in Big Sky Country, with the facilities and tools needed to really dive right in to the classroom knowledge and hands-on skills. We’ve even equipped the center with a computer lab so students don’t have to worry about bringing their own laptops - and the problems that computers carry! Montana, and really the entire Rocky Mountain West, is an emerging market for energy efficiency retrofits, and we want our students to not only pass the BPI certification exams, but to go into the field, build their careers and make money with confidence, while making a lasting, positive impact on their communities.”
At The Pure Energy Center, the Coaches teach students all about BPI Standards. They also teach students how to communicate with customers and potential customers; how to fix buildings so they can be lived-in by the elderly for the rest of their lives; how to test buildings to meet the 2009 IRC requirements for air tightness; what can happen to people and houses when the indoor environment is altered; how to use infrared cameras properly; and special courses in Energy Auditing just for women.
BPI Training Affiliates teach whole-home performance evaluation and installation methodologies for improving the comfort, health, safety, durability and energy efficiency of America’s existing housing stock. Students learn the house-as-a-system approach that focuses on the relationships between different components within the home, how to identify problems at the root cause and provide solutions that improve energy efficiency, while enhancing important safety functions such as mold prevention, indoor air quality, and carbon monoxide testing, as well as combustion appliance safety checks. The diagnostic tests and evaluations prove whether or not all systems are working together.
BPI credentials are referenced and/or required for home improvement professionals participating in a growing number of federal, state, local and utility homeowner incentive programs, including the proposed federal Home Star program (aka Cash for Caulkers) considered in Congress in 2010. Only BPI Accredited Contracting Companies employing BPI Certified Professionals may perform energy efficiency retrofit improvements in order for the project to be eligible for funding under many of these programs.
About the Building Performance Institute
The Building Performance Institute, Inc., (BPI) is the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance, and national standards setting organization. BPI supports the development of a highly professional building performance industry through individual and organizational credentialing and a rigorous quality assurance program. BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards.
BPI, in cooperation with the building performance industry stakeholders, establishes a professional performance bar at a level appropriate to ensuring the consistent delivery of exceptional building performance services for those entrusting the BPI brand. For more information about BPI, visit: www.bpi.org. For media inquiries, contact Stephanie Inglis at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 598-7573.
About Pure Energy Coach, LLC
Pure Energy coaches the future of America’s home improvement industry with its grassroots approach to no-holds-barred energy audits, quality assurance services and training programs. Headquartered in Lancaster, PA, Pure Energy holds contracts with 12 utilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to deliver residential conservation and efficiency services to their gas and electricity customers. Since 1987, Pure Energy has served over 40,000 households and trained hundreds of professionals. Its 212-acre training facility, The Pure Energy Center located near Lavina, MT, opened in 2010. For more information, visit www.PureEnergyCoach.com.
Pure Energy Coach, LLC
10 North Bausman Drive
Lancaster, PA 17603
The Pure Energy Center
194 Matheson Road
Lavina, MT 59046