Moving Forward with Building Performance

Special Issue 2005
A version of this article appears in the Special Issue 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2005
What you’re doing is going to make all of our work worthwhile,” a colleague said to me as I packed my things up following a recent presentation. This vote of confidence came from a highly respected individual who has invested years of effort into building science research and the development of standards for the building science community.I was pleasantly surprised by the statement. The Building Performance Institute (BPI), the nonprofit that I direct, promotes excellence in the contracting trades by establishing standards of performance and technician certification.But the impacts of our work extend far beyond the contractors we certify and the customers they serve. Our work may well permanently change the face of the building science industry and its connection to the consuming public. This is good news for the pioneers of our fledgling industry. BPI’s commitment to raising the bar both technically and professionally for the contracting, building, and weatherization industries by developing building science-based certification processes for the building trades offers potential benefits to many audiences (see “BPI Certifications” and “Testimonials to Certification”). Certified contractors benefit through increased sales and decreased liability. Consumers benefit from high-quality installations ...

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