The Drive Behind BPI Training

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:44
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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?

Well, the same altruistic values of occupant health, safety, and comfort are still at play. BPI-certified energy auditors are charged with providing a safe environment for their clients, which is why they perform a multitude of diagnostic tests around the house. They look at combustion safety, ventilation, air leakage, moisture damage, and insulation to ensure that a homeowner has healthy indoor air quality and comfortable living conditions.

Some other important factors that are specifically driving BPI Certification include…

Homeowner Awareness

As homeowners become knowledgeable about the effects of home energy efficiency on their energy bills, more seek qualified energy auditors to assess their home and make energy efficiency recommendations. BPI recently launched a consumer-facing side of its website, meant specifically to educate homeowners on residential energy efficiency. With compelling imagery of children and elderly adults, BPI is making the case that energy auditing is good for your bills and for your health. There are simple steps that homeowners can take to live in a healthier and safer home – the first step is to hire a certified energy auditor. BPI’s website makes it easy to find such qualified personnel. When you are a BPI-certified contractor, you can get listed on BPI’s website for homeowners to find. Now instead of competing with everyone on Google, qualified or not, you gain greater exposure by being featured among a select group of certified individuals in your area.

Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Home performance professionals – general contractors, HVAC technicians, electricians, and home inspectors – seek BPI Certification because they know about the rebate programs and incentives available to homeowners who pursue energy efficiency upgrades. Many utility companies across the country have put into place programs that would incentivize their customers to upgrade to energy-efficient furnaces, air conditioners, light bulbs, and other equipment. Oftentimes, the first step in this process is an energy audit. After all, part of an energy auditor’s job is to recommend energy efficient upgrades, when applicable. These upgrades help homeowners save on their energy bills for years to come. State and local rebate programs often reimburse the cost of the energy audit, the equipment upgrades, or both. It is in the best interest of a home performance contractor to advertise these opportunities to homeowners in their area, with the intent of getting new business!

Homeowners in Maryland, for example, can take advantage of a rebate offer where they can get 50% off energy efficiency upgrades up to $2,000. Potomac Edison, Pepco, and BGE Smart Energy Savers are sponsoring this particular program. The fine folks at Devere Insulation are advertising this opportunity to homeowners in their area as a way of interesting them in home energy audits.

Maryland Energy Efficiency Rebate

Homeowners definitely want a healthier and safer home, but this want becomes much more attractive when they can get money for the improvements.

Residential Building Codes

Codes provide guidance and standardization to the building industry. Model codes are updated every three years with the intent of incorporating new technologies, materials, and methods into our building processes. States and municipalities may choose to adopt the latest set of codes or to put modifications on them. Builders working in regions that have adopted the 2009 or 2012 IECC energy codes are now faced with new requirements for air leakage and duct testing. The Building Performance Institute directly addressed this skill set with its new BPI Infiltration & Duct Leakage Certification that came out in September 2014. Home performance professionals needing to get up to speed on their blower door and duct blaster skills have looked into earning a BPI IDL Certification.

BPI Certification isn’t going anywhere. On the contrary, residential energy efficiency is becoming better understood and appreciated across the country. For the thousands of professionals working in the building industry, now is the best time to get started with an energy auditor certification! Join this growing industry and stand out from other home energy professionals in your area.

By Lesley Cowie