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BPI QCI HEP Certification

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through…Continue

Started Jan 2

Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
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I have a client who is has a lovely house built in 2010 that has oak hardwood floors throughout. There are apparently no other moisture issues besides the hardwood flooring. This problem is on the…Continue

Tags: warped floor, humidity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Minch Apr 18, 2013.

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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about NEASI, the National Energy and Sustainability Institute in Colorado Springs?  They are certifying commercial energy auditors that have taken a…Continue

Tags: Institute, Sustainability, and, Energy, National

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Eggleton Sep 28, 2011.

T-stats without fan-only control

When the air handler is only used for heating, they often don't have a fan-only control.  That's a problem for setting up the house in worst case conditions for combustion safety because the leaks in…Continue

Started Apr 17, 2011

 

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TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certification, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam.  I wanted to…See More
May 20
Patrick Michaelyan commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"As always, a lot of good ideas and thoughts in concept. Having been on both sides of the fence (and having worn many hats while on each side) as both a contractor and auditor, I have realized a very unfortunate and likely fixed reality: money rules…"
May 18
Paul Raymer posted a blog post

TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certification, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam.  I wanted to…See More
May 18
Hans Joachim Preiss commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I used to work in manufacturing of electronics, and even before I knew the quality standard ISO 9000, I learned that the earlier a mistake gets discovered, the quicker and easier and least costly it is to correct it. Once the blower door, duct…"
May 16
Hans Joachim Preiss commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I used to work in manufacturing of electronics, and even before I knew the quality standard ISO 9000, I learned that the earlier a mistake gets discovered, the quicker and easier and least costly it is to correct it. Once the blower door or duct…"
May 16
Paul Raymer replied to Mike Hartnett's discussion cooling vests
"I have used the Texas Cool Vests which uses phase change materials to keep the trunk of the body cool.  It's good that it's not cold which would be uncomfortable.  But it does extend the amount of time I can spend in a hot…"
May 8
tedkidd commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Stan, maybe there should be more than just a list, maybe there should be a contractor ranking competition. Boy, if BPI were innovative THEY could create such a ranking so consumers could understand who TRULY performs great work, rather than…"
May 8
Pat Dundon commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"This business is still in its infancy.  We are the tail wagging the dog.  There is much to be done to get the markets to recognize the 'why', and the 'how much'.  Until the consumer values the service, it will not…"
May 8
Michael Dunseith commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
""There ought to be a way for QCI inspectors to ding the contractor or the builder." When did a measurement and verification subcontractor become a quality control inspector or the code police? QCI is for programs, like WAP or state and…"
May 1
Stan Kuhn commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I'll chime in about the insulator/air sealer that tests their own work & passes with flying colors, but when I test the house it fails miserably.  The HVAC contractor who passes just fine except when they go to a municipality where…"
May 1
Jesse Erbel commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I think that we must have quality control built into code verification. Even a mandatory 1% would help keep the other 99% a little more honest.   I recently had an HVAC contractor that I have worked with share a document with me from a…"
Apr 30
Mario Pataquiva commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"So real. And customers always pay, and entire system will pay with them. "
Apr 30
Jim Gunshinan commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Hi Paul. Thanks so much for your honesty about what you found in the field. For those of us who do our home performance work from a desk, this is a great reality check. It also confirms some of my worst fears. Practically speaking, we do have to…"
Apr 30
Nate Adams commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"A structural problem in the industry underlies this: the builder doesn't give a darn about homeowner energy bills or comfort. If he spends more on fixing those, he won't get paid. It's a split incentive - the responsibility is on the…"
Apr 30
Kent Browning commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Welcome to my world.  I have been there and done that MANY times.  The worst ones are when the City steps in and agrees to let it pass regardless of the test results.  The way I justify it to myself is that if there is no clear life…"
Apr 30
Kent Browning commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I forgot to mention - When I see what was in the pictures above - I take the building or HVAC guy by the ear and point to that spot.  I tell them "There is a HUGE leak.  If you seal that spot it might just pass the test.""
Apr 30

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TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certific ation, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam. …

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Posted on May 18, 2015 at 5:17am

Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality

I was called in to perform a last minute duct test for a modular home builder.  He was all in a dither to have a duct test and a blower door test done on a Friday so that he could get his Certificate of Occupancy (CO) so the homeowner could move in the following Monday.  He said that he’d just found out that he needed these tests.  The building inspector asked for them at the last minute!

I was glad to do it partially because it’s good to have builders aware of what is going on…

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Posted on April 27, 2015 at 5:24am — 22 Comments

Which version of CAZ testing is used for BPI/QCI testing?

Combustion Safety Testing is one of the most important components of the HEP QCI exam.  Because it is linked to the safety of the occupants, it has been a fundamental element of BPI exams since the inception of the organization.  As we make homes tighter and more energy efficient, we cut back on the…

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Posted on April 20, 2015 at 4:13am

What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are…

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Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:03am

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