Course Overview: This course is intended for individuals that want to become BPI Building Analysts in the residential building industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of energy and energy transfer, energy systems within a home, the “home as a system” concept, common construction errors that reduce comfort and efficiency, weatherization techniques, and how to conduct an energy audit. Students will analyze how systems and home attributes such as air leaks, insulation, barriers (air, thermal and moisture) and heating and cooling ducts affect occupant health, safety and comfort, energy efficiency and durability. Solutions and/or weatherization techniques will be proposed for each problem identified. The course will include classroom and field training using analysis tools including a blower door, manometer, carbon monoxide tester, natural gas detector and flue gas detector.
1. Understand the fundamentals of building science 2. Know the basic energy systems that impact a home’s energy consumption and durability 3. Identify common building envelope problems that reduce efficiency, air quality, comfort, and occupant
health & safety 4. Conduct an energy audit/comprehensive home assessment 5. Conduct safety testing on combustion appliances.
Course Materials: Everblue’s BPI Building Analyst Handbook, Field Training Experience, and Practice Questions
Prerequisites: None Audience: Career Seekers, Weatherization Professionals, HVAC Professionals, Insulation Professionals,
HERS Raters, Home Inspectors, General Contractors, Home Builders, Engineers, and Architects.
Benefits: The BPI Building Analyst certification gives the immediate opportunity for employment with certain utility or energy companies, as well as, the opportunity for self-employment as a contracted energy auditor. The Recovery Act has designated millions of dollars to all 50 states to weatherize existing homes and this certification allows an individual to participate in the weatherization process.
Job Outlook: The job outlook remains strong for energy auditors as weatherization assistance programs gain momentum across the United States. The O*Net Occupational Finder projects a 21% growth in the demand for energy auditors by 2016. Jobs include energy auditors, weatherization technicians, electricians, plumbers, heating & air specialists, and general laborers.
Length: 5 days (38 Contact Hours) Credential: BPIBuildingAnalyst