The following notice was distributed by BPI on Monday, May 18th, 2015.
BPI's Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings Published as an ANSI Standard
Malta, NY, May 18, 2015 - The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is proud to announce that BPI-1200-S-2015: Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings has been published as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. ANSI/BPI-1200 was developed by a working group of industry subject matter experts representing a wide variety of interest categories and geographical locations.
The Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings defines the minimum criteria and specific procedures for building science-based residential energy audits and related diagnostic tests. The energy audit and related tests address energy usage, and limited aspects of building durability and occupant health and safety. The energy audit provides a comprehensive report with a list of prioritized recommendations to improve the home, and includes a cost-benefit analysis.
While ANSI/BPI-1200 defines how to conduct a residential energy audit, its companion standard, ANSI/BPI-1100-T-2014: Home Energy Auditing Standard, defines what the home energy audit process is.
"ANSI/BPI-1200 will be immediately productive for contractors. It serves today's marketplace - independent contractors, and also government, utility and lender programs that support energy efficiency goals," said Larry Zarker, BPI CEO. "ANSI/BPI-1200 defines step by step best practices for a comprehensive energy audit, while allowing energy auditors flexibility to provide appropriate recommendations to their customers, flexibility not found in the current Building Analyst standard."
ANSI/BPI-1200-S-2015 Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings may be referenced immediately by energy efficiency programs that choose to do so and by contractors not required to comply with other standards for completing audits.
BPI will transition to ANSI/BPI-1200-S-2015 Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings on January 1, 2016. Until that time the BPI Building Analyst Professional Standard will be the standard of reference for work completed by BPI GoldStar Contractors.
Regarding certification exams, the Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, and Air Conditioning/Heat Pump Professional certification exams currently reference the 9/26/13 version of BPI-1200-T-201x Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings and will not reference this ANSI version until January 1, 2016. BPI expects only minor changes to these written and field practical exams. BPI is developing a timeline to provide FAQs and a Q&A webinar regarding any future changes to these exams.
The HEP Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Retrofit Installer, and Crew Leader certification exams currently reference the Building Analyst standard and will not be affected at this time.
ANSI/BPI-1200 was developed by a working group of subject matter experts created by BPI's Standards Technical Committee (STC). BPI thanks all subject matter experts who volunteered countless hours of their time to this effort.
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BPI is the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance and standards setting organization. BPI develops technical standards using an open, transparent, consensus-based process built on sound building science. From these standards, we develop professional certifications for individuals, companywide credentials for BPI GoldStar Contractors, home energy rating systems and quality assurance services that help raise the bar in home performance contracting. BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards and as a certifying body for personnel credentials.
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