The Building Performance Institute (BPI)--the nation’s premier building-performance credentialing, quality assurance, standards-setting organization—has launched its Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge and companion Reference Guide in response to strong demand for a method of verifying basic building science knowledge in the home performance and energy efficiency retrofit fields.
BPI has received strong interest in the certificate from manufacturers on behalf of their dealers and distributors; from home inspectors, appraisers and realtors; from educators; and from program managers in government and utility energy efficiency programs.
"It will be a major asset for the management and sales teams of successful dealers/distributors who need to grasp crucial home performance principles,” said Bill Spohn, CEO of TruTech Tools, in a release. “When they feel confident about their knowledge of home performance, they're better able to communicate the benefits of whole house solutions to customers.”
Earning the BSP certificate is based on passing a 100-question online exam that verifies a basic knowledge of building science. The BSP certificate's companion Reference Guide helps prepare candidates to understand how various systems of the home interact to maximize energy efficiency; enhance building durability; and protect occupant comfort, health, and safety. The Reference Guide can be used alone or as a complement to online or classroom training.
"Not everyone in this industry needs to be an energy auditor, but everyone should have the foundation of knowledge that the Building Science Principles certificate verifies," said Vince DiFrancesco, CEO of Everblue, an accredited training program for BPI training. "For students interested in a career in sustainability or green buildings, this certificate is a must have."
Because the BSP is a knowledge-based exam, it requires no hands-on field testing with diagnostic equipment. For those considering a career in home performance contracting, it serves as an introduction to BPI's technical certifications, including the Building Analyst, Building Envelope, Heating and AC/Heat Pump professional designations. The BSP certificate is not a BPI professional certification, and certificate holders are not “BPI certified.”