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BFH_Thoughts on Trade Certification for Energy Efficiency in Canada

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Some thoughts, from 2011, on how to kickstart trades certification for energy efficiency in Canada.

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BFH_Thoughts on Trade Certification for Energy Efficiency in Canada

  1. 1. The Easy Button for Trades Certification in Canada?! An Interim Solution to Help Create and Foster ! the Building-Science Based Energy Efficient Home Renovation Industry! 1 June 2011! Bfreehomes Design Ltd. ! !
  2. 2. BPI Certification! BPI has 9 Standards! ! The Five Key Standards for Small Homes Building Analyst Professional! BPI-101: Home Energy Auditing Standard Aug 3 2010! BPI-104: Envelope Professional! Heating Professional! Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer ! ! Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional! Multi-Family Building Analyst Professional! Multi-Family Energy Efficient Building Operator! Multi-Family Hydronic Heating Professional! Manufactured Housing Professional   Trades Certification! 17 May 2011!
  3. 3. BPI Certification! The primary related standards to be ‘Canadianized’ BPI Standards reference the following! ! Combustible appliance testing requirements and limits! Mechanical ventilation requirements based on ASHRAE 62-89! Heat loss calculations through assemblies based on ASHRAE Manual J (Q= U*A*∂T)! ! Occupant safety! Indoor air quality! Connection between interior/exterior (house-to-garage, house-to-attic, house-tobasement)! Reducing air leakage ! Improving thermal envelope! House-as-a-system approach! ! Trades Certification! 17 May 2011!
  4. 4. BPI Certification! Translate Certifications into Canadian Context! ! ! Building Analyst Building Analyst is parallel to CEA without Hot2000 modelling skills + one or all of the following: • Envelope Professional! • Heating Professional! • Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer Trades Certification! 17 May 2011!
  5. 5. BPI Certification! Proposed Initial Training Curriculum! ! EnerGuide for Houses ! Certified Energy Evaluator Non-Hot2000 components • Envelope Professional curriculum OR! (to be modified/developed from existing CDN/US training materials)! • Heating Professional OR! (to be modified/developed from existing CDN/US training materials)! • Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer Hot2000 training CEA! IMPORTANT:! Training for BPI Certification based on the fundamentals of CEA training but DOES NOT lead to layers of evaluators.! (to be modified/developed from existing CDN/US training materials)! Trades Certification! 17 May 2011!

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