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The home energy professional focuses on creating sustainable, efficient, durable, and safe housing. Home energy pros work with home-builders and homeowners as advocates for energy-efficient housing. How do we do this? We focus on building science. We pay attention to details, and we use diagnostic equipment and inspection processes to identify improvements to the house.

Applied Building Science is the foundation of the sustainably built environment. It is the collection of scientific knowledge that focuses on the analysis and control of the physical phenomena affecting buildings. It traditionally includes the detailed analysis of building materials and building envelope systems. The practical purpose of building science is to provide predictive capability to optimize building performance and understand or prevent building failures.

Certifications Available through EnergyLogic Academy

RESNET HERS Rater

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In April 1995, the National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America founded the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages.

RESNET’s standards are officially recognized by the federal government for verification of building energy performance for such programs as federal tax incentives, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program. RESNET standards are also recognized by the U.S. mortgage industry for capitalizing a building’s energy performance in the mortgage loan, and certification of “White Tags” for private financial investors.

RESNET is structured in a manner to generate the highest possible quality assurance. RESNET sets the standards for the industry and accredits and oversees the rating providers, rater training providers, and rating software tools. The providers in this model oversee and certify Raters. The EnergyLogic Academy is both an accredited rater training organization and HERS Rater provider.

To become a RESNET HERS Rater a candidate must complete training, complete two practice ratings in the presence of an accredited rater trainer, pass the national exam, find and join a provider, and then complete a minimum of 3 probationary ratings. The HERS provider will provide the certification. More details can be found in the Path to Becoming a Rater document.

If you are interested in working with builders to improve the efficiency of their product the RESNET HERS Rater certification is the best first step. HERS Raters typically focus on new construction and assisting builders with code compliance, branding programs such as ENERGY STAR, and quality assurance of their product.

 

BPI Building Analyst

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BPI develops standards for energy efficiency retrofit work using an open, transparent, consensus-based process built on sound building science. From these standards, BPI has developed professional credentials for individuals, accreditation for contracting companies –including quality assurance programs– that help raise the bar in home performance contracting.

BPI has a handful of certification for the home performance industry. The EnergyLogic Academy focuses on the Building Analyst certification. The BPI Building Analyst goes beyond a traditional energy audit to perform comprehensive, whole-home assessments, identify problems at the root cause and prescribe and prioritize solutions based on building science.

Becoming a Building Analyst requires training and testing. Testing for the BPI Building Analyst certification includes a written examination and a field practical exam. If you take your training through EnergyLogic, you will take both of these exams during the field portion of training.

If you are interested in helping homeowners improve the efficiency of their homes, then the BPI BA certification is the best first step. The Building Analyst certification focuses on existing housing. A professional with this certification will assist homeowners and programs to improve the efficiency, health, safety, and durability of a homeowner’s house.

Dual Certifications

In the long run it may make sense to seek certifications from both RESNET and BPI. The EnergyLogic Academy offers supplemental courses. If you are certified as a HERS Rater we offer a BPI supplemental and vice verse. Check the course pages to find supplemental training information.

There is substantial overlap between the two certifications required knowledge base.  This is why the additional training is shorter in duration than the stand-alone courses.

After Certification

After getting certified you will want to continue with professional development. The EnergyLogic Academy offers support for professionals certified in the industry. This includes program support such as ENERGY STAR training, LEED training, WaterSense Training, and many more. In addition, we can offer mentoring sessions to become more comfortable with the testing process and equipment. Finally, EnergyLogic is a RESNET Accredited HERS provider.  These trainings are logical next steps for most people as they expand their skill set, their service offerings and extend their professional status.