BPI HHE Frequent Questions

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Thu, 2017-03-30 13:08
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As a follow-up to our previous post, we’re now going to look at questions that many home performance contractors have asked about the new BPI Healthy Home Evaluator (BPI HHE) credential.

For more information about BPI Certification, visit our BPI Energy Auditor overview series.

The BPI HHE designation builds on the knowledge base of certified home energy auditors and places additional emphasis on identifying health and safety hazards in the home.

BPI HHE credential holders are not playing the role of the doctor – only the assessor to understand what environmental factors are there.

Thus, the six steps in the healthy home evaluation process are:

  • Start with resident
  • Visually identify hazards in the home
  • Justify and prioritize those identified hazards
  • Conduct quantitative measurements
  • Identify interventions for addressing those problems
  • Communicate those problems to resident

And, as a reminder, a BPI HHE candidate must already possess an active BPI Building Analyst, HEP Energy Auditor, or HEP Quality Control Inspector certification.

Without further adieu, here are the BPI HHE questions you’ve asked BPI…

Has the HHE Scheme Handbook changed since April?

Answer: Yes

What is the length of the credential?

Answer: 3 years

What is the recertification process?

Answer: Take BPI HHE written exam again while maintaining an active prerequisite credential (BA, EA, or QCI)

How much should you charge for an HHE evaluation?

Answer: It depends on the area of the country. $300-$500, maybe more. Added to a home energy audit, the healthy home assessment is probably an extra hour’s worth of charges.

What equipment is necessary?

Answer: This is a knowledge test, but there should be an understanding of the diagnostic equipment and how it works. This knowledge is largely acquired through the prerequisite credentials (BA, EA, QCI). During a BPI HHE course, candidates may gain exposure to some diagnostic tools that they aren’t using currently in their home performance assessments, such as a psychrometer.

Is there a data collection form?

Answer: There are several different approaches to data collection in the market. Healthy Home Solutions has a form called the Healthy Home Checkup. It is an assessment protocol, operationalized by software as a service. The tool is intended to identify health and safety hazards in the home, prioritize by likelihood of causing injury, and give recommendations to homeowner. Another tool is the Healthy Home Rating System – HUD’s office of lead hazard control grantees must use this to make decisions about how to repair hazards. There aren’t too many other examples on the market right now. Children’s Mercy Hospital created one similar to HHS’s protocol, however it has a different approach on how to display the information that is revealed by the evaluation.

To learn more about this program, enroll in the BPI Healthy Home Evaluator course

 

 

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