Building Performance Institute (BPI)

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Building Performance Institute (BPI)

BPI is the nation's premier standards development, quality assurance and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work.

Website: http://www.bpi.org
Location: Malta, New York
Members: 335
Latest Activity: May 14

BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards and as a certifying body for personnel credentials.


BPI offers the following: 

  • National standards to ensure top quality, consistent protocols are being followed throughout the home performance and weatherization workforce
  • Certification of individuals in building analyst, heating, AC/heat pump, shell/envelope and multi-family designations
  • Accreditation of contracting companies committed to delivering quality home performance improvements
  • Quality assurance to verify conformance with BPI standards and provide feedback for continuing improvement
  • Partnership with testing organizations that deliver BPI services in their market 

Discussion Forum

We Need Your Stumpers!

Started by Building Performance Institute May 14. 0 Replies

As you may know, we  publish a "Stump the Chump" section in every one of…Continue

Tags: #CEUs, #BPI, #BPICEUs, #HomeDepot, #content

BPI has a jobs section on their website!

Started by Diane Chojnowski. Last reply by Building Performance Institute Apr 24. 2 Replies

BPI now has a jobs section on their website! There you'll currently find 20 open positions from across the nation, seeking weatherization professionals, energy auditors , crew leaders , and more.…Continue

Faces of EE campaign on Twitter - see fellow BPIers profiled!

Started by Building Performance Institute Sep 12, 2017. 0 Replies

Ally organization, E4TheFuture, launched the “Faces of EE" campaign on Twitter in…Continue

Tags: #Jobs, #Careers, #E4TheFuture, #BPI, #EnergyEfficiency

Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification + recorded webinar

Started by Hannah Wood Dec 7, 2016. 0 Replies

Thanks to those of you who joined BPI's webinar on the Healthy Home Evaluator certification yesterday, Dec 6th.Panelists included: Dr. Peter Ashley (HUD, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard…Continue

Tags: home, performance, health, HUD, GHHI

Let's Play Stump the Chump!

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky. Last reply by 13l00vab7zpxt Aug 17, 2015. 16 Replies

This month's mysterious stumper comes from Gregory Plet, BPI certified pro from Northeast Energy Conservation, Inc in Fairfield, New Jersey.Greg writes that one Friday he was doing a routine service…Continue

FREE BPI webinar: OSHA's Confined Spaces Rule Impacts Home Performance Workers

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky Jul 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Check out this FREE webinar BPI is hosting on OSHA's Confined Spaces Rule Impacts Home Performance Workers on July 14th at 3PM EST. OSHA has developed a new rule to protect workers in confined…Continue

Tags: Performance, Home, OSHA, BPI

Crawl spaces and attics: OSHA to implement new rule on confined spaces

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky Jun 19, 2015. 0 Replies

OSHA’s new rule designed to protect workers in confined spaces takes effect on August 3rd, 2015. Routine tasks like installing spray-foam insulation in attics or installing plumbing in a crawlspace…Continue

Tags: Attics, Spaces, Crawl, OHSA

Where Building Science Meets Healthy Homes

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky Jun 17, 2015. 0 Replies

BPI CEO Larry Zarker talks about the nexus between building science retrofits and healthy home interventions with REMODELING magazine, and how home performance upgrades are helping people live more…Continue

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Breaking the link between unhealthy homes and unhealthy kids

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky May 21, 2015. 0 Replies

Listen in on IAQ Radio to a discussion on reducing the household triggers that cause asthmaattacks and other respiratory ailments through home performance interventions,with Larry Zarker from BPI and…Continue

Tags: GHHI, IAQ, BPI

New BPI Standard for Conducting Energy Audits Published as an ANSI Standard!

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky May 20, 2015. 0 Replies

The Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings defines the minimum criteria and specific procedures for building science-based residential energy audits and related diagnostic tests. The…Continue

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Comment by Building Performance Institute on September 14, 2011 at 9:41am

Thanks for the question Sean. BPI can provide only a very general response, given the lack of specifics concerning the question.

 

If a contractor is stating an R value of 20, they would be required to verify the success of the installed measure just as they would any other measure. There will be a certain degree of variances (installed specifications) between R ratings based on the actual insulating materials being used. 

 

To achieve an overall insulation rating of R 20, the ducts would typically require extensive insulation being applied directly to them. While this may not be impossible, it may be highly unlikely given the fact that heating/air conditioning ducts frequently run in confined spaces, such as wall and ceiling bays. Ducts located in any confined spaces would allow only a certain amount of insulation to be applied properly.

Comment by Paul Raymer on September 13, 2011 at 5:19pm
Sean - You could use Rick Karg's Zip TestPro software to calculate the R value by knowing the delta T between the indoor surface temperature (the temperature of the wall of the duct) and the ground temperature around the duct and the temperature of the air in the duct and the temperature of the wall of the duct.  The software will then provide you with an R value.  (http://www.karg.com/products.htm)
Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on March 7, 2011 at 12:49pm
Isn't it great that these terms: home performance contracting, energy audits, ratings, certification, team approach, leads, sales, marketing, money...  are out there big time in webinars and presentations as more and more contractors and providers are getting with this industry.  Let's not lose site of this:  PEOPLE use energy, not houses.  Yes, we want to close deals to get the work done.  And, we want to assist our customers in getting what THEY want.  We remember to Listen and Love our customers.
Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on March 4, 2011 at 8:42am
To answer zenmastermeg, we have many different brands and models, but we've settled mostly on Testo combustion analyzers with flexible probes and printers; Sensit combustible gas leak detectors with ppm on display; and ToxiRae "personal" CO alarms.
Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on March 2, 2011 at 1:18pm
Heard it from the 'horse's mouth':  For any of you wanting to confirm that "System Airflow" in the BPI Heating Professional Standards means "actual as tested system airflow" and not the rated air flow on the air handler fan or nameplate, the answer is "actual".  There has been discussion about this.  Some were told to use the listed CFM.  We always test, and wanted to be sure ya'll knew the same. Test On!
Comment by Andrew McDowell on February 16, 2011 at 1:40pm

Tamasin,

 

I'm using both a static pressure probe and the Testo 327 combustion analyzer (draft function) and the readings are very close to each other.

Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on December 7, 2010 at 6:11pm
I sure would love to know what type of probe folks are using to measure draft pressure. Are you using a static pressure probe tip? Or a straight metal probe? How did you decide which probe to use? We found differences in pressure measurements between the two probes. You?
 

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Discussion Forum

We Need Your Stumpers!

Started by Building Performance Institute May 14. 0 Replies

BPI has a jobs section on their website!

Started by Diane Chojnowski. Last reply by Building Performance Institute Apr 24. 2 Replies

Faces of EE campaign on Twitter - see fellow BPIers profiled!

Started by Building Performance Institute Sep 12, 2017. 0 Replies

Let's Play Stump the Chump!

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky. Last reply by 13l00vab7zpxt Aug 17, 2015. 16 Replies

Where Building Science Meets Healthy Homes

Started by Kirsten Richnavsky Jun 17, 2015. 0 Replies

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