Did you know that all the systems in a house are interconnected? Your job as a certified home energy auditor is to identify energy-related issues in the home, provide customers with an economic forecast of return on investment through energy efficiency improvements, and ensure that the interaction of specific building systems does not create any harmful conditions.
BPI-certified energy auditors evaluate the overall conditions of a home and perform a series of diagnostic tests to identify specific problem-areas for energy efficiency. These areas include air leaks in the home's envelope, duct leakage, and HVAC combustion safety. Following this assessment, an energy auditor will provide a homeowner with recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. By using building science technology to help customers solve heating, cooling, and air leakage problems that are driving high energy costs, you’ll also provide them with a more comfortable, safe, and durable home.
There are a number of certifications available that relate to specific home performance occupations. The most common certification for home energy auditors is BPI Building Analyst.
A BPI Building Analyst is certified to conduct blower door tests (which should be done both before and after upgrades), duct leakage testing, combustion appliance inspection and repair, air quality testing including carbon monoxide detection, workscope development, and energy modeling.
While a BPI Building Analyst may advertise and perform only energy auditor services (often charging $125-$700 per inspection), most auditors gravitate to offering contracting or remodeling services as well. Additionally, many contracting businesses will market themselves as Home Performance Contractors rather than Energy Auditors since auditing may be just one of the services they offer, and many Home Performance Contractors prefer to make the improvements suggested by the audit themselves. Once certified, you can be included in the official directory of BPI-certified Building Analysts, which allows homeowners and grant programs to find you for work.
To become a certified BPI Building Analyst: you must pass a written and field exam. The 2-hour, 100-question, written exam requires a passing score of at least 70% while the 2-hour field exam requires a passing score of at least 85%. A BPI Building Analyst needs to re-certify every three years.
While many contractors seeking BPI certification already have extensive experience in the building industry, Everblue's intensive week of BPI training is a perfect introduction to home energy efficiency and weatherization for anyone at any skill level. This training will help you to gain building science knowledge and related practical skills that will benefit your business and help the community to become more energy efficient.
BPI Certification is administered by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI). BPI is a recognized global leader in standards development as well as a credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency. BPI supports training through a network of training affiliate organizations and test centers, such as Everblue.