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The Drive Behind BPI Training

Tue, 2015-03-31 10:04

I recently came across a timeline on the Building Performance Institute’s website, showing how BPI has grown and impacted the home performance industry since its inception in 1993. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you check it out. There’s a wealth of information there, and it’s interesting to see how the organization’s passion for energy efficiency has enabled it to prosper over the last 20 years.

The timeline concludes with accomplishments earned in 2012.

So what’s driving BPI Certification now?

Energy Codes in Action

Thu, 2015-03-19 14:13

We’re 5 days away from the National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011. The conference will focus on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government.

What Happens After LEED Training

Tue, 2015-03-10 09:24

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 03:08

If you’re reading this post, that means you’ve completed a LEED exam prep course from an approved USGBC Education Partner like Everblue. Now, you may be wondering, what do I do next?

Paying for Your LEED Exam

Top States for Sustainability & Energy Efficiency

Thu, 2015-03-05 11:02

Last month, the U.S. Green Building Council released its annual list of the top 10 states for LEED green building. The list looked at the overall square feet of LEED-certified buildings per state resident and then ranked the states accordingly. This week, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) published a similar report relevant to the number of homes in the U.S. that were energy rated and issued a HERS score.

Want to Become a LEED AP?

Tue, 2015-03-03 10:23

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 03:13

Many moons ago, when LEED credentials were first established for green building professionals, there was a designation called LEED AP. It stood for LEED Accredited Professional. Things were simple back then. If you wanted to pursue a LEED credential, you became a LEED AP.

What Changed?

What is LEED Exam Prep?

Thu, 2015-02-26 10:51

Remember when you were in high school, and you were expected to take the SAT exam? Some students prepared for this difficult exam by reading an SAT prep book. Others participated in a live SAT prep class.

The Difference Between BPI and RESNET

Tue, 2015-02-24 11:53

Last Updated: 2017-08-21 12:16


Home performance professionals seek either BPI Certification or RESNET HERS Rater Certification to help them fine-tune their technical skills and become a certified home energy auditor. Both of these certification programs illustrate proficiency in residential energy concepts.

Getting Started With LEED

Thu, 2015-02-19 15:13

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 03:19

We commonly hear from professionals that they’re not sure where to get started with LEED. Here’s hoping that we can provide some clarity on what it takes to earn a LEED credential, from the accreditation process to the financial commitment.

RESNET Announces Education & Training Committee

Fri, 2015-02-06 11:46


RESNET has formed a new Standard Development Committee 200 – Education and Training (SDC 200). The committee will be tasked with developing and amending all of RESNET’s ANSI and non-ANSI standards pertaining to education, training, assessment and certification. Following RESNET’s procedures for standards, SDC 200 is balanced between producers, users and general interests.

The chairman of SDC 200 is Rob Moody of Organic Think. Its vice chairman is Scott Doyle of EnergyLogic.

LEED and Sustainability Training in 2015

Tue, 2015-01-27 15:31

Sustainability has grown from a perspective shared by environmentalists only to a recognized behavior shared by professionals across many industries. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this growth in adoption. It started with benefits such as public appeal, marketability, and reduced business risk. As these professionals implemented sustainable features and activities in their organizations, they started to see tangible benefits – greater efficiency, less waste, improved sales, better employee recruitment and retention, etc. So what’s to come in 2015?

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