Continuing Education

BPI Building Analyst Certificate Program

What is BPI?

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a
nationally recognized institute committed to the
development of a highly professional home performance
industry, and is currently the nationally recommended
certification for energy auditors. BPI has served the
Engineering, HVAC, Home Inspection, General Contracting
and Multifamily Building Performance Industries since
1993. In order to teach BPI Courses, you must either be
a BPI Affiliate (like
CleanEdison) or partner with a BPI

Why become a BPI Certified Professional?

1. Increases your likelihood of finding a job in
the growing green economy
2. Build a stronger, more credible name for yourself
with a nationally recognized building performance
3. Professional development
4. Learn the fundamentals of home-energy performance
evaluation and assessment.
5. Promote sustainability through your business
6. Add home-energy assessments and retrofits to your
list of services.
7. Foster environmental stewardship

Course Scope

The total length of the course will be 4.5 days in
addition to a 2-hour field test and a 2 hour written
exam totaling 32 hours for each student. The field exam
will be conducted one-on-one with each student and a
field proctor that has been approved by BPI to conduct

Course Description

Get certified and earn money in the Green Economy by
becoming a Residential Energy Auditor and Weatherization
Professional through Building Analyst Certification. As
a Certified Building Analyst, you contribute to
environmental sustainability and safety by identifying
problems and solutions to home energy efficiency, air
quality, safety and durability. This course is a
five-day fast track to BPI certification and is designed
for professionals with minimal experience in residential
contracting or home inspection.  Using a
“house-as-a-system” approach, you will learn hands-on
application of skills in the field while preparing to
take the Building Performance Institute’s Building
Analyst Exam, which is administered by your instructor
on the last day of class. By the end of the class,
students will be prepared to pass the BPI written and
field examinations that are administered by
.  $600 exam costs are included in
course fee.

Click here for the course schedule.

Prerequisites: Minimal experience in
residential contracting or home inspection.

Recommended Text (optional):

Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for
Existing Buildings (4th

Ed.), Author: John Krigger, Publisher:
Saturn Resource Management, ISBN-10: 18800120097

Class Highlights:

  • 20 hours Classroom Training
  • 8 hours Field Training
  • BPI Building Analyst Written Exam
  • BPI Building Analyst Field Exam
  • CleanEdison Course Workbook
  • CleanEdison Field Guide
  • CleanEdison Definitions and Useful Formulas

Topics Covered:

  • Wise Energy Usage
  • Energy Conservation
  • Energy and Consumer Home Energy Rating System
  • Lighting Types and Efficiencies
  • Home Appliances: Building Construction
  • Building-Shell Heat Flow
  • Calculating Heating Loads and Flows
  • Building Inspection and Diagnosis
  • Air Sealing Principle: Blower-Door Testing
  • Finding Air Leaks
  • Duct Air Leakage
  • Construction Flaws and Air Leakage
  • Air-Sealing Methods and Materials
  • Insulation
  • Storm Windows and Treatment
  • Storm Doors: Components & Types
  • Weather-stripping: Heating Comfort Control
  • Distribution Systems
  • Electric Heat & Oil Safety
  • Combustion Room Heaters
  • Hot Water and Steam Heating
  • System Spillage and Back-drafting
  • Energy Efficient Combustion Furnaces
  • Flue-Gas Testing and Duct Work
  • Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings
  • Coefficient of Performance (COP)
  • Cooling with Ventilation
  • Evaporative Coolers, A/C & Air Movement
  • Moisture Management & Removal
  • Whole-house Mechanical Ventilation
  • Pollutant Dehumidifiers
  • Pollutant Control Strategies
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • VOCs, Radon, Asbestos
  • CAZ Depressurization Building System and Thermal
  • Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs)
  • Lighting, Plug Load, HVAC

Meeting Schedule

Field exams
may run into Saturday depending on class size.

At the end of this course you will understand:

  • Testing In and Testing Out Procedures
  • Thermal & Pressure Boundary Evaluation
  • Critical Shell Identification & Inspection
  • Blower Door Applications
  • Duct Diagnostics
  • Air Sealing & Dense-pack Techniques
  • Prioritizing Air Sealing Work
  • Insulation Techniques & Applications
  • Window & Door Inspections
  • Ventilation Requirements and Systems
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessment
  • Indoor Moisture Sources & Solutions