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BPI Launches New Program

MALTA, N.Y. — The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) launched its Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge and companion reference guide Jan. 7 to meet demand for a method of verifying basic building science knowledge in the home-performance and energy-efficiency retrofit fields.

“The Building Science Principles certificate is a first step into the world of home performance,” said Larry Zarker, CEO, BPI. “It’s for those in the residential building trades and anyone interested in a career in sustainability who needs to know how homes work, but don’t need the hands-on technical skills required of BPI-certified professionals.”

Earning the BSP certificate is based on passing a 100-question online exam that verifies a basic knowledge of building science. The 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, should candidates require it.

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, and heating and air conditioning/heat pump professional designations. The BSP certificate is not a BPI professional certification, and certificate holders are not BPI certified.

BPI-certified professionals will earn three continuing education units (CEUs) by taking this exam and achieving a passing score.

Publication date: 1/28/2013 

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