Monday, February 24, 2014

BPI Partners with DOE to Launch National Home Rating Program

Building Performance Institute and DOE launch national home rating program for energy efficiencyToday, the Building Performance Institute announced the launch of their national rating program using the Department of Energy's Home Energy Score as a rating tool. The Department of Energy has recently partnered with the Building Performance Institute to allow customers an easy, comprehensive way to view their home energy audit. Customers will be able to see how energy efficient their homes are "like a mile-per-gallon rating." This BPI Program is currently available in Florida and is set to launch nationwide later on this year. BPI is expected to play a crucial role in Florida's building performance market in the upcoming year.

"There is increasing demand in the marketplace not just for a score of the home, but for a low cost, easily understood rating that, when added to a routine energy audit, increases the likelihood that the customer will go ahead with the proposed improvements," Larry Zarker, BPI CEO recently reported in their announcement.

"Like Florida, now is the right time for other states and programs to open up the ratings market to competition. BPI certified professionals are highly qualified building analysts, already in customers' homes throughout the country performing energy audits. Customers deserve the benefit of BPI certified professionals' expertise when getting their homes rated," Zarker said.

The program will allow users to view their home energy performance and compare it to other homeowners nationwide. BPI will present a score from 1-10 (1 being the lowest) and will let the user know whether or not their home is in need of energy improvements. Customers will also be able to use this information for real estate listings and appraisals. The BPI administration reported: "Home Energy Score evaluates homes based on their expected performance, even if they were built before building codes existed, and shows how they can improve their score with prioritized energy conservation measures."

As the program launches in states nationwide, building raters will be increasingly demanded to provide their expertise and rate customers' homes. Raters can become certified by becoming certified as a BPI Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, HEP Energy Auditor or HEP Quality Control Inspector. Candidates may also hold a RESNET HERS Rater certification during their first year in the program. After their first year, BPI Raters will be required to hold BPI certification.

Become certified by registering for a BPI energy auditor course with GreenEDU!