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An overview of the BPI credentialing and training process - a presentation given by Tiger Adolf at the Residential Retrofit Action Clinic on June 2, 2010.

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  • Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is a recognized global leader, supporting the development of a highly professional building performance industry through consensus standards development, individual and organizational credentialing, and a rigorous quality assurance program
  • BPI was originated in 1993 by a group of building tradesman, product manufacturers, and a number of public program professionals. Their vision was to create a resource for independent, third-party verification of worker skills in the weatherization industry and building trades. In 1996, the first certifications were issued for weatherization auditors and installation personnel. Since that time, BPI has expanded its capabilities to serve not only the weatherization industry, but also the growing building performance contracting industry from both a residential and multifamily buildings perspective.
  • Have to have a system for knowing if things work like they are supposed to.
  • BPI, in cooperation with the building performance industry stakeholders, is able to establish a professional performance bar at an appropriate level that ensures the consistent delivery of exceptional building performance service to those entrusting the BPI brand. Our mission is to raise the bar in performance contracting.
  • Not law yet. Still needs a senate matching bill, and must be accompanied by an appropriations bill.
  • Certifications are based on 100 question timed and secured written tests as well as a two-hour field test with diagnostic equipment administered by a field examiner approved by BPI. BPI certifications must be renewed every three years. If the renewing candidate has 30 CEUs, then only a repeat of the field test is administered. Renewing candidates with less than 30 but greater than 10 CEUs need only re-take the 50 question specialty exam for their specialty along with the field test. Others must take both full tests. BPI is currently in the process of applying to ANSI for an accreditation for its personnel certifications.
  • Educational programs are taught by a coast-to-coast network of experts, who are BPI affiliate trainers. Both classroom theory and hands-on field training are provided by our rapidly expanding team of training affiliate organizations, including private companies, community colleges and local not-for-profit agencies. These highly qualified experts have proven they are capable of teaching students the knowledge and skills they need to be confident when challenged by exams and performing the quality of work demanded by homeowners, energy efficiency incentive and weatherization assistance programs
  • Contractors that become accredited by BPI and follow the BPI Standards in their home energy retrofit work. BPI Accreditation will be required for the HomeStar GoldStar performance path. Other state and utility programs (Energy Trust of Oregon, Austin Energy, NYSERDA, and NJ Bureau of Public Utilities) use BPI Standards and credentialing as the basis of their programs. The NYSERDA HPwES program, for example, requires contractors to follow BPI Standards in their work. To date over 35,000 “whole house” energy retrofit projects have been completed in the state by contractors accredited by BPI.
  • As an independent, third-party organization, BPI has developed rigorous quality assurance protocols that all of its accredited contracting companies must comply with in order to retain their status. Unresolved noncompliance can result in delisting.
  • As of May 2010, there were 547 BPI Accredited Contractors operating nationwide. BPI Accredited Companies are the gold standard, having made an organization-wide commitment to quality and accountability. These companies follow BPI standards for home assessments and retrofit solution implementation. They are also authorized to use BPI logos and branding in advertising and homeowner communication. Each accredited company is required to employ BPI Certified Professionals, including Building Analysts, and certified professionals with specialist designation(s) – such as Envelope, Heating or Air Conditioning and Heat Pump – related to the type of work they conduct in the field. BPI Accredited contractors pursue a different business model than traditional sales. The old system focused on “selling” a product identified by the customer. The Home Performance Contractor model focuses on identifying customer needs and selling solutions based on the whole-house to produce verifiable results.
  • Training costs a lot and takes a long time, but consider…. - $5,000 to $12,000 to attend school – Average income $20,000 to $30,000 annually
  • It simply makes sense to go with certified professionals who understand the whole system It makes good business sense for contractors to participate in ongoing education and quality assurance.
  • BPI 101

    1. 1. BPI 101 An Overview of the BPI Credentialing and Training Process
    2. 2. What is BPI? <ul><li>Global Leader supporting the development of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>highly professional building performance industry consensus standards development, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>individual and organizational credentialing, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rigorous quality assurance program. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our mission is to raise the bar in performance contracting. </li></ul>www.bpi.org
    3. 3. What BPI Offers <ul><li>National technical standards for the home performance industry based on sound building science (open, transparent, consensus-developed process) </li></ul><ul><li>Certification of individuals in professional technical designations </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation of contractors committed to delivering quality, home performance improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance to verify conformance with BPI Standards and provide feedback for continuing improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliation of training organizations that deliver BPI services in their market </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is Home Performance? The systematic approach to improving the comfort, health, safety, energy efficiency and durability of your customers’ homes. It starts with standards.
    5. 5. Standards Development Process <ul><li>Standards Management Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 members (1 from DOE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversees standards development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follows ANSI protocols </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standards Technical Committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11 members (2 from DOE National Laboratories) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commissions working groups to develop and maintain standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversees public comment process </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Need to Have Standards
    7. 7. BPI Expansion <ul><li>Supported by consensus realization of the need for national building performance standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Energy, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Various regional, state, and local programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unified efforts for raising the bar in performance contracting </li></ul>
    8. 8. Why Do You Care About Home Performance? <ul><li>Jobs – Can’t be exported </li></ul><ul><li>Economy – Dollars stay local </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable – Creating durable, sustainable, affordable housing infrastructure from existing stock </li></ul><ul><li>Programs provide leveraging to get started </li></ul><ul><li>More than $6 Billion reasons to get involved </li></ul>
    9. 9. Programs to Consider <ul><li>Home Performance with ENERGY STAR – new IOU programs launching </li></ul><ul><li>Local and State Utility and Municipal incentive and rebate programs – PACE and California First </li></ul><ul><li>HomeSTAR – federal jobs initiative with substantial rebates for homeowners choosing contractors from a qualified workforce </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Built upon the solid policy foundation of delivering real jobs through the private sector to accomplish public imperatives, </li></ul><ul><li>Home Star is the most important piece of legislation for residential energy efficiency ever . </li></ul>Passed the U.S. House 5/7/10
    11. 11. Getting Gold Star Ready <ul><li>Certification – Individual Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation – Contractor Company </li></ul>
    12. 12. Certification of Professionals <ul><li>11 Certifications total: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>building energy auditing and analysis, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mechanical, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>envelope, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mobile home ,and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multi-family designations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>air sealing installer and air sealing crew chief </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>insulation installer and insulation crew chief </li></ul></ul>http:// www.bpi.org/professionals.aspx
    13. 13. Training for Certification <ul><li>Training not mandatory but highly recommended </li></ul><ul><li>On-line/Classroom/Field training provided by the Affiliate network </li></ul><ul><li>Training structure varies by Affiliate and Program </li></ul><ul><li>Range 5 days for experienced construction professionals to 6 weeks for inexperienced contractors </li></ul><ul><li>Some community colleges with 2-year degree programs </li></ul>
    14. 14. Affiliates Provide Training <ul><li>Provide training/mentoring/examination services </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom theory </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on field training </li></ul><ul><li>Must use BPI-Approved curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Highly qualified experts provide training </li></ul>http:// www.bpi.org/affiliates.aspx >171 Affiliates - 4/2010
    15. 15. What is BPI Accreditation? A professional credential awarded by BPI to contracting companies who commit to offering comprehensive “whole house” home performance solutions for their customers. http:// www.bpi.org/companies.aspx
    16. 16. Elements of Quality Assurance <ul><li>Elements of the quality assurance program, administered by a network of quality assurance providers, include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete documentation of every home performance job performed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodic audits of documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodic, random inspections of field work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homeowner complaint and conflict resolution protocols </li></ul></ul>http:// www.bpi.org/companies_assurance.aspx
    17. 17. Becoming an Accredited Company (Required for Gold Star Participation) <ul><li>One Building Analyst Professional AND </li></ul><ul><li>One Other Certification in primary service area </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation Application (1 page) </li></ul><ul><li>Application Fee ($500 annual fee; $1,000 first year QA fee adjusted annually based on business volume) </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of GL Insurance ($1 Million w/ BPI as Certificate Holder) </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of Worker’s Comp ( w/ BPI as Certificate Holder) </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Dispute Resolution Policy </li></ul>547 accredited companies 5/2010 http:// www.bpi.org/companies_homestar.aspx
    18. 19. What’s In It For Me for Contractors? <ul><li>Brand Recognition – Differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Independent, 3 rd Party Quality Assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on Best Practices </li></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><li>“ I don’t have the time or resources to invest in these kinds of systems .” </li></ul>This Is Too Expensive! BPI’s combined Accreditation/QA fee is $.003 for every dollar of revenue. ($500 annual fee + $1000 QA inspections/$500,000 gross = $0.003 per dollar) Accreditation/Quality Assurance adds about $15 to the average $5,000 job.
    20. 21. Cosmetology Requirements in CA California State Board of Cosmetology License Information In order to obtain a license for aesthetic services in the state of New York, students must complete the requirements listed below. Requirements Cosmetologist (hairdresser):1,600 hours  Esthetician: 600 hours  Nail Specialist: 250 hours  Natural Hairstylist: 300 hours  Waxer: 75 hours You must correctly answer at least  75  percent of the questions to pass the written exam. However, all exam results are reported as either  passed  or  failed ; you will not get a numerical score.   If you pass  the written exam, you will receive a notice in the mail. At a later date, you will be sent an admission notice with the date, time and location of the practical exam for which you are scheduled. 
    21. 22. Beautician vs. HP Contractor What happens if your hairdresser makes a mistake? What happens if your home improvement contractor makes a mistake? Bad Hair Day CO Spillage
    22. 23. Contact <ul><li>Tiger Adolf </li></ul><ul><li>Western Regional Director </li></ul><ul><li>Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) </li></ul><ul><li>518.951.0666 (Cell) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.bpi.org </li></ul><ul><li>Training, Accreditation, Quality Assurance </li></ul>