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How BPI Quality Control Inspector Is Different

Thu, 2014-08-28 09:35

In a previous post, I reviewed the eligibility requirements for someone wondering how to become a Quality Control Inspector. One of these activities is to complete a training course specifically designed to prepare someone for the BPI Quality Control Inspector exams. You’ve probably noticed that I added BPI before the name of the exam. This is because the Building Performance Institute (BPI) has, so far, been the only organization named to provide this designation.

How to Earn a Quality Control Inspector Certification

Tue, 2014-08-26 08:30

One of the newest home energy certifications to surface is the Quality Control Inspector. This designation was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy with the intention of developing a highly skilled workforce in the residential energy upgrade industry. What’s exciting about this credential is that it presents an opportunity for renovation and growth in a way that’s never been seen before.

How to Start a Home Performance Company

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:36

Many of our students enroll in energy efficiency training with the intent of starting a home performance company. We’re really excited and honored to be a part of this process, and we know that training is not where it ends. In fact, training is really only the beginning! There are several steps that you need to take, or consider, if you’re going to start your own business as a home energy auditor.

Which Course Do I Need – BPI or RESNET?

Is QCI Replacing Any of the BPI Certifications?

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:05

You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been working with BPI to create new certifications. These certifications are called Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Retrofit Installer Technician, and Crew Leader. These certifications will not replace the existing BPI certifications that we’ve all come to know and love.

The Rise of HERS Scores in Homebuilding

Thu, 2014-08-14 08:59

RESNET, or the Residential Energy Services Network, was founded in 1995. The concept grew out of a commitment to developing national standards for home energy auditing and home energy ratings.

Around the same time, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) was created. BPI also had a focus on home energy auditing. Until recently, BPI was not focused on home energy ratings. It is this piece that has helped RESNET climb to popularity.

What is a Home Energy Rating?

What Energy Auditors Do

Tue, 2014-08-12 08:38

In a previous post, I wrote about the factors driving residential energy efficiency. Now that we've explored why there is a growing demand for energy auditors, let’s take a look at what is it that they actually do.

An energy auditor’s main goal is to identify and prioritize opportunities for energy savings through data analysis, visual inspection, and the use of various diagnostic tools.

Announcing BPI IDL Certification

Thu, 2014-08-07 09:51

On August 4th, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) announced a new certification focused specifically on blower door and duct blaster concepts. The announcement came during a monthly meeting for approved BPI Test Centers. The official announcement is slated to come soon. BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage, or BPI IDL for short, will be a standalone certification that emphasizes proper handling of energy auditing equipment - and you heard it here first!

What is BPI IDL Certification?

Factors Driving Residential Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2014-08-05 08:54

In the U.S., buildings are responsible for the largest share of carbon dioxide emissions. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s buildings consume more energy than the transportation or industry sectors, accounting for nearly 40% of total U.S. energy use. Of that 40%, nearly half is consumed by the residential sector, which includes homes and apartments.

Why Recycling is Worth It

Wed, 2014-07-30 11:03

Knowing that I work in the field of sustainability, people often ask me questions about whether or not I recycle. My typical response is a fervent “Of course I recycle!” and a whole list of reasons why everyone else should too. For me, it’s what I write about and what I believe in (a practice what you preach kind of mentality). Each individual act makes a difference, and we all have a responsibility to make a difference by being good caretakers of the Earth.

Why Renewable Energy Will Win Out Over Coal and Oil

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:48

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, coal and oil dominated the energy landscape in America. Unfortunately for us, fossil fuels are finite resources that come with a laundry list of nasty consequences when we extract them from the Earth and burn them. It would seem that for these reasons alone, the shift to renewable energy sources would be welcome.

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