BPI Releases 2012 Annual Report

The Building Performance Institute Inc. has released its 2012 Annual Report, detailing a year of work leading to several major milestones for the home performance credentialing and standards setting organization, and the industry as a whole.

  • BPI achieved American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation as a certifying body under ISO 17024 for its Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer (RBE-WHALCI) certification. 
  • BPI's Delta Standard (ANSI/BPI-2400-S-2012) was published as an ANSI standard.
  • The Home Energy Auditing Standard (BPI-1100-T-2012) was published as a BPI standard, and referenced in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) national Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals. 
  • BPI's total active certifications grew 11 percent in 2012, reaching a total of 35,145 active certifications in the home performance marketplace.
  • BPI's 585 accredited contracting companies are in 30 states and 10 regions, with the highest growth this year in the midwest and south central regions of the U.S. 
  • BPI's credentials or standards are now specified in 159 state, local or utility energy efficiency programs, a 25 percent increase compared to 2011.
  • To ensure the integrity of its certification exams, BPI implemented new testing and proctoring quality assurance (QA) procedures in January 2012. BPI also implemented a change in its relationship with training organizations to comply with ANSI protocols, transitioning them from training affiliates to BPI Test Centers.
  • In June 2012, BPI introduced the new Home Energy Professional certification pilot exams together with DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. These advanced credentials for experienced professionals will roll out nationally this summer.
  • In recognition of HVAC contractors' experience in the field, BPI created an alternative path for HVAC companies to earn BPI company accreditation. BPI signed alternate accreditation agreements with North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES). 
  • Together with Home Energy magazine, BPI launched HVAC-2-HP, a quarterly e-newsletter focused on helping HVAC contractors expand their business model to include whole house home performance contracting.