BPI Launches Building Science Certification Program

It’s one thing to read and write about green building issues; it’s quite another to go out and actual participate in green building projects. For those wishing to get on the green building bandwagon and have credentials to get in the driver’s seat, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) has launched its Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge.

The BSP is a certification program that verifies basic building science knowledge in the home performance and energy efficiency retrofit fields, but does not require the same level of commitment as the BPI certification program. To help people prepare for the BSP exam, BPI also released a companion Reference Guide.

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BPI CEO Larry Zarker called the BSP certificate “a first step” toward a worldwide standard for the home performance field. “It’s for those in the residential building trades, and anyone interested in a career in sustainability, who need to know how homes work but don’t need the hands-on technical skills required of BPI certified professionals,” he said in a BPI release.

BSP certification will be based on passing a 100-question online exam that verifies a basic knowledge of building science, BPI said. The BSP Reference Guide helps prepare candidates to understand how various systems of the home interact to maximize energy efficiency, enhance building durability, and protect occupant comfort, health and safety.

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Image via Freedom Solar Energy

The certificate is expected to be a sought-after credential for home inspectors, appraisers, realtors and program managers in government and utility energy efficiency programs. Because the BSP is a knowledge-based exam, it requires no hands on field testing with diagnostic equipment.

“Not everyone in this industry needs to be an energy auditor, but everyone should have the foundation of knowledge that the Building Science Principles certificate verifies,” said Vince DiFrancesco, CEO of Everblue, in a statement released by BPI. “For students interested in a career in sustainability or green buildings, this certificate is a must have.”

The certificate can also serve as an introduction to BPI’s technical certifications, including the Building Analyst, Building Envelope, Heating and AC/Heat Pump professional designations. The BSP certificate, however, is not a BPI professional certification; BSP certificate holders will not be considered “BPI certified.”

For more information on the BSP exam, certificate and Reference Guide, visit BPI’s BSP certification page.

Randy Woods is a Seattle-based writer and editor with 20+ years of experience in the business publishing world. A former managing editor of Seattle Business, iSixSigma, Claims and Waste Age magazines, he has covered topics that include newspaper publishing, entrepreneurism, green businesses, insurance, environmental protection and garbage hauling (yes, really). He also contributes to the Career Center Blog for The Seattle Times and edits a photography magazine called PhotoMedia. When not working, he likes to hide out in Seattle movie theaters and attend film festivals—even on sunny days.

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