On Jan. 1, 2013, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Inc. will adopt the ASHRAE standard 62.2-2010 "Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low Rise Residential Buildings." 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 to keep standards and certifications current.
BPI accredited companies have informed BPI 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 recognizes many contractors in the field are already using ASHRAE 62.2-2010. BPI has waited to transition from ASHRAE 62.89 to 62.2 to align with the needs of many state and utility energy-incentive programs, as well as DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program, which depend on BPI standards. BPI also needed to ensure training organizations were prepared to train to the new 62.2 standard.