BPI Will Use DOE’s Home Energy Score in Its Rating Program

MALTA, NY—The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announces that its Rating Program is now available in Florida and is expected to be fully operational nationwide by mid-2014. The launch of the national rating program provides customers with an affordable, easy to understand rating of their home that can be combined with a comprehensive home energy audit.

BPI has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a Home Energy Score Partner and will use the Home Energy Score as BPI’s rating tool. The DOE developed the Home Energy Score to help improve the assessment of existing homes. DOE’s program requires all Home Energy Score Qualified Assessors to perform assessments and generate a score through a Partner Program, with quality assurance provided by the Partner. Unlike other rating systems tied to specific building code, the Home Energy Score evaluates homes based on their expected performance, even if they were built before building codes existed and shows how they can improve their score with prioritized energy conservation measures.

“We welcome new rating providers like BPI to serve the market in Florida,” said Doug Buck, governmental affairs director with the Florida Home Builders Association. “In the past, I have supported the idea of a sole provider at a time when the ratings and home performance industry was in its infancy. As the industry has matured, with so many professionals and providers, the BPI Rating Program will bring more competition, better prices and better access to the services that raters and auditors can offer consumers to make smart choices for energy efficiency in their homes. BPI will play an important role in expanding Florida’s building performance market.”

To become a BPI Rater, candidates may fill out an application here. Candidates must be BPI certified as either a building analyst, envelope professional, HEP energy auditor or HEP quality control inspector or candidates may hold a RESNET HERS Rater certification. Candidates must also pass DOE’s Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor exam, on which more information can be found here