Everblue Building Analyst Practice Exam Answers

Here are the answers to Everblue's Building Analyst Practice Questions. These questions were developed by Everblue, based on student feedback and in-depth research. These questions and answers have not been supplied or endorsed by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), though they serve as a resource for thinking critically about the information presented in Everblue's Building Analyst training course.

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Short answer key: 1-D, 2-A, 3-C, 4-B, 5-C, 6-B, 7-A, 8-D, 9-A, 10-C

Module 1

1. The Stack Effect is most noticeable:

A. when building supplies are stacked on a roof
B. in a single-level, ranch-style home
C. in an Energy Star home
D. in taller buildings with multiple floors

2. One inch of water column is equal to approximately how many Pascals?

A. 249 Pascals
B. 24.9 Pascals
C. 100 Pascals
D. 212 Pascals

3. What characteristics will a 90%+ AFUE furnace often have?

A. A non-condensing furnace with high temperature exhaust in a double-walled metal B-vent flue
B. A naturally drafted furnace with high exhaust temperatures and a double-walled metal B-vent flue
C. A condensing furnace with a fan-driven, low temperature exhaust in a PVC flue
D. A fan-assisted, ventless furnace with a HDPE supply

4. When preparing for a blower door test, what safety precautions must you take?

A. Don safety glasses, gloves, and coveralls
B. Place combustion appliances on pilot setting and ensure that fireplaces have no embers
C. Ensure that linens and light-weight materials are secured throughout the house
D. Both A and C

5. Heat loss, as used in load and savings calculations, is calculated:

A. over the life of the home
B. by subtracting the temperature in the home from the temperature of the furnace air
C. using the formula Q = U x A x deltaT
D. by subtracting the temperature in the home from the BTUs on the furnace data plate

6. Why is it important to "test out" after installing air-sealing measures in a home?

A. To ensure that your customers see that you are conducting thorough due diligence
B. To determine whether mechanical ventilation is required and if combustion safety hazards exist
C. You cannot certify your results for energy credit unless you submit test results to the Department of Energy
D. To determine if the measures are installed correctly and there is no air filtration

7. What determines cost-effectiveness of installed energy savings measures?

A. The cost of the retrofit and the change in monthly energy expenditures
B. The cost of the audit, monthly energy expenditures and sales taxes
C. The contractor's gross margin divided by the total retrofit cost
D. The homeowner's EBITDA over and above utility rates

8. Which is the best possible combination for indoor air quality and ventilation?

A. A tight home with ceiling fans with Hepa filters
B. A loosely built home with a positively pressurized heating and air-conditioning system
C. A moderately leaky building envelope combined with a bionic air filtration system
D. A tight building envelope that has sufficient mechanical ventilation and an air filtration system

9. Baseload energy calculations are a function of:

A. Home energy usage excluding heating and cooling
B. Home energy usage including heating and cooling
C. Only home energy usage for heating and cooling
D. Home energy usage for lights and appliances only

10. If local code conflicts with a sound building science principal or standard:

A. Building science always supercedes local code
B. Always follow the local code
C. Consult with the local inspection authority considering which is more stringent and make an informed decision
D. You must file a wrongful building suit in the court of commons

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