MALTA, N.Y. - Demand for Building Performance Institute's (BPI) core certifications continues to grow. Within the past 18 months, BPI certifications have increased from 25,000 to 40,000. BPI certified professionals are located in all 50 states, seven foreign countries, several U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. More than 4,300 contracting companies staff certified professionals.
BPI's building analyst certification is the institute's most
popular home-performance core certification. The building envelope credential
ranked as the institute's second most popular certification. Trends reveal that
BPI's air leakage control installer, and its heating and cooling
certifications, are all gaining popularity.
"All of our certifications verify that you have the
building science and skills to deal with the whole house as a system,"
said Larry Zarker, CEO, BPI. "BPI's air leakage control installer
certification is our fastest growing certification because air leakage control
skills are so essential to solving customers' comfort issues. And our heating
and cooling designations are gaining importance as HVAC professionals realize
they need to understand HVAC systems in the context of whole-house retrofits."
"This economy has been hard on everyone in the
construction trades and home performance is no exception. But, hang in
there," said David Hepinstall, chairman of the board, BPI. "The
energy-efficiency housing sector will grow from $14 to $84 billion annually by
2020. We need a trained and certified workforce to meet those
State, local, utility, and energy-efficiency loan programs
have long relied on BPI standards and credentials. Fifty of the nation's 55
Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) programs specify BPI credentials as a
foundation of their programs. Forty electric or gas utility programs currently
reference BPI credentials, along with 54 local programs. Increasingly,
manufacturers of energy-efficiency related equipment are also requiring their
distributors to have the knowledge and skills verified by BPI