MALTA, N.Y. — November 7, 2012 — Demand for BPI's core certifications continues to grow as 150+ government, utility and manufacturer energy efficiency programs seek to ensure quality and minimize risk for taxpayers, residents and customers. The number of BPI active certifications has grown from 25,000 to 40,000 within the past 18 months. BPI certified professionals are located in all 50 states, seven foreign countries, several U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The number of contracting companies with certified professionals on staff is now 4,300.
As the cornerstone credential for America's residential energy auditors and installers, the Building Analyst certification leads BPI's suite of core certifications for home performance professionals. Many are adding Building Envelope to their portfolio, BPI's second most popular certification. And there is a growing trend toward BPI's Air Leakage Control Installer (RBEWHALCI) and heating and cooling certifications.
"All of our certifications verify that you have the building science and skills to deal with the whole house as a system," says Larry Zarker, BPI CEO. "RBEWHALCI 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. 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 requirements", says David Hepinstall, BPI Chairman of the Board.
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 certifications.
"As both a manufacturer of energy efficient building performance solutions and a homeowner, I understand the importance of trained and certified professionals that homeowners can trust with their energy efficient remodeling projects," said Kaethe Schuster, Retrofit Market Manager for Dow Building Solutions. "BPI certified professionals deliver real value in terms of comfort, health and financial return, so that their customers can enjoy their homes while protecting their family and what is likely their largest single investment."
 Energy Efficient Homes, Pike Research, Navigant Energy Practice, 2Q, 2012. http://www.pikeresearch.com/research/energy-efficient-homes