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How to Start a Home Performance Company

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:36

Many of our students enroll in energy efficiency training with the intent of starting a home performance company. We’re really excited and honored to be a part of this process, and we know that training is not where it ends. In fact, training is really only the beginning! There are several steps that you need to take, or consider, if you’re going to start your own business as a home energy auditor.

Is QCI Replacing Any of the BPI Certifications?

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:05

You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been working with BPI to create new certifications. These certifications are called Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Retrofit Installer Technician, and Crew Leader. These certifications will not replace the existing BPI certifications that we’ve all come to know and love.

The Rise of HERS Scores in Homebuilding

Thu, 2014-08-14 08:59

RESNET, or the Residential Energy Services Network, was founded in 1995. The concept grew out of a commitment to developing national standards for home energy auditing and home energy ratings.

Around the same time, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) was created. BPI also had a focus on home energy auditing. Until recently, BPI was not focused on home energy ratings. It is this piece that has helped RESNET climb to popularity.

What is a Home Energy Rating?

What Energy Auditors Do

Tue, 2014-08-12 08:38

In a previous post, I wrote about the factors driving residential energy efficiency. Now that we've explored why there is a growing demand for energy auditors, let’s take a look at what is it that they actually do.

An energy auditor’s main goal is to identify and prioritize opportunities for energy savings through data analysis, visual inspection, and the use of various diagnostic tools.

Announcing BPI IDL Certification

Thu, 2014-08-07 09:51

Last Updated: 2017-04-17 03:10

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) has announced a new certification focused specifically on blower door and duct blaster concepts.

BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage, or BPI IDL, is a standalone certification that emphasizes proper handling of energy auditing equipment - and you heard it here first!

What is BPI IDL Certification?

Factors Driving Residential Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2014-08-05 08:54

In the U.S., buildings are responsible for the largest share of carbon dioxide emissions. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s buildings consume more energy than the transportation or industry sectors, accounting for nearly 40% of total U.S. energy use. Of that 40%, nearly half is consumed by the residential sector, which includes homes and apartments.

Why Renewable Energy Will Win Out Over Coal and Oil

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:48

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, coal and oil dominated the energy landscape in America. Unfortunately for us, fossil fuels are finite resources that come with a laundry list of nasty consequences when we extract them from the Earth and burn them. It would seem that for these reasons alone, the shift to renewable energy sources would be welcome.

Drive Toward Healther Buildings and Positive Contributions

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:06

McGraw Hill Construction released a fascinating report this week titled, "The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings." The report identifies a general lack of awareness among medical practitioners of the health benefits of green building and sustainability and urges for better understanding of these benefits.

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10 Things to Know About Taking the LEED Exam

Thu, 2014-07-10 11:52

I took my LEED Green Associate exam early last week. This was my first time taking an exam at a Prometric Testing Center. I was very impressed by the level of professionalism and security that I experienced. I just wanted to share a few of my observations…

Home Energy Professionals program accredited training

Tue, 2014-06-24 12:08

An Overview of the Home Energy Professionals Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has collaborated with technicians and trainers from across the home performance industry to fund the development of a national residential energy upgrade industry and a skilled and credentialed workforce. This Home Energy Professionals Project creates standard work specifications, advanced professional certifications for workers, and accredited training programs.

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