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November 10, 2010 13:03 ET

DOE Calls for BPI Stakeholder Comments on New Retrofit Workforce Guidelines

MALTA, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is actively seeking input from Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Professionals, Accredited Contractors and Training Affiliates on new voluntary workforce training guidelines for home energy efficiency upgrades introduced yesterday by the Obama administration.

At a White House Middle Class Task Force event held yesterday, Vice President Biden announced a series of federal actions, including the release of the draft Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades, that are designed to lay the groundwork for a strong, self-sustaining home energy efficiency retrofit industry. 

"Because they hold a BPI certification, these professionals have demonstrated the high level of knowledge and expertise in this field that we seek in the public comment process," reads EERE's November 9th invitation to BPI stakeholders. The notice invites the BPI community to participate in the public review of the guidelines online at: http://www.weatherization.energy.gov/retrofit_guidelines

BPI, as the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance and national standards setting organization, worked closely with federal agencies, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) practitioners and trainers, home performance contractors, building scientists and other stakeholders to help develop these preliminary national guidelines.

"BPI initiated the development of Standard Work Specifications for sealing the attic plane and other areas in February 2010 – drawing on earlier work by Masco WellHome, Conservation Services Group (CSG) and Advanced Energy. BPI was pleased to contribute its results to this national effort," said BPI CEO Larry Zarker. "Adoption of national workforce guidelines for home energy retrofits will increase homeowners' confidence in the home performance industry," he continued. "This will drive market demand for highly skilled, certified retrofit workers and will ultimately help the nation save energy."

DOE will encourage training organizations to use the Workforce Guidelines to help improve retrofit course curricula. DOE will also work with WAP, Recovery Act grantees, and other federal retrofit programs to put the guidelines into practice across the country. 

The Workforce Guidelines include four components:
  1. Job Task Analyses identify all of the steps a worker takes to complete an energy efficiency improvement in a home. Job tasks included are: Energy Auditor, Installer/Technician, Crew Chief, and Quality Assurance Professional/Inspector.
  1. Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) identify the minimum capabilities workers should have to perform high quality work.
  1. Technical Standards Reference Guides are a list of referenced standards developed by industry standards development organizations such as BPI, which define the safety, materials, installation, and application standards relevant to home energy efficiency retrofits.
  1. Standard Work Specifications for Energy Efficiency Residential Retrofits define the performance requirements for high quality work and the minimum conditions necessary to achieve the desired outcomes of a given energy efficiency retrofit measure.

The period for public comment closes January 7, 2011. For more information on submitting comments click here. 

About the Building Performance Institute

The Building Performance Institute, Inc., (BPI) is the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance and national standards setting organization. BPI supports the development of a highly professional building performance industry through individual and organizational credentialing and a rigorous quality assurance program. BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards.

  • Certification of individuals in building analyst, heating, AC/heat pump, shell/envelope and multi-family designations
  • Accreditation of contractors committed to delivering quality home performance improvements
  • Quality assurance to verify conformance with BPI Standards and provide feedback for continuing improvement
  • Affiliation of training organizations that deliver BPI services in their market
  • Open, transparent, consensus developed national technical standards based on sound building science

BPI, in cooperation with the building performance industry stakeholders, establishes a professional performance bar at a level appropriate to ensuring the consistent delivery of exceptional building performance services for those entrusting the BPI brand. 

For more information on BPI, visit www.bpi.org.

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