MALTA, N.Y. — The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) announced that it will adopt ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low Rise Residential Buildings, on Jan. 1, 2013. The new standard will replace BPI’s current operating standard, ASHRAE 62-89. In response to feedback regarding mechanical ventilation requirements for existing homes, BPI has decided to update to 62.2-2010 in order to keep standards and certifications current.

BPI said that accredited companies have informed the organization that a six-month lead time is required to obtain training and adjust work schedules to transition from the current standard to 62.2-2010. During the remainder of 2012, contractors and energy efficiency program administrators should prepare for this transition.

For the purpose of BPI certification, any certification exam conducted after Jan.1, 2013 will reference 62.2-2010, regardless of when it was scheduled.

For the purpose of BPI quality assurance inspections of accredited contracting company jobs, any work under contract before Jan. 1, 2013 but not completed until after this date will need to conform to ASHRAE 62-89.

BPI said it recognizes that many contractors in the field are already using ASHRAE 62.2 -2010. The organization noted that it has waited to transition from ASHRAE 62-89 to 62.2-2010 to align with the needs of many state and utility energy incentive programs, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Weatherization Assistance Program. BPI also needed to ensure that training organizations were prepared to train to the new 62.2 standard.

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Publication date: 6/18/2012