Industry Certification Spotlight: Building Science Principles (BSP)

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Why Certifications Matter

Certifications are helpful to validate your skills and knowledge. Many certifications require more than just passing a test and in the energy auditing industry a good certification is going to require you to demonstrate your understanding of buildings via a field test and a written test. In this article, we are going to dive into some of the most renowned certifications for energy auditors.

1. BPI Certification – Building Performance Institute

BPI or the Building Performance Institute offers a variety of certifications centered around understanding and evaluating the house as a system. Today we will be diving into the Building Science Principles (BSP) Certification.

Building Science Principles
The Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate is the foundational certification for BPI and the world of energy efficient buildings. This comprehensive certification requires certificate holders to understand the basics of building science and how systems interact within a building enclosure.

BPI recommends this certification for various individuals. For trade professionals, if you are looking to add another credential that touts your deep understanding of building science, this certification is for you! If you are a student, emerging professional or trainees looking to enhance your understanding of buildings, you will likely need to take a course to understand the many concepts this certification requires. During this training, you will learn many new concepts including different types of insulation, what air sealing is and the importance of it, how to identify various heating and cooling equipment, how to approach an energy audit, how to interpret a utility bill, and more! Others who can benefit from this certification include home inspectors, appraisers, and realtors, this certification will provide you with detailed knowledge that will set you apart from others in your industry and help you provide valuable information to your clients.

If you want to learn more go to the BPI website to register for your exam.

Bright Alternatives can help!

If you are new to the industry, or a seasoned professional, getting certified is key to your success and setting yourself apart from others. Bright Alternatives can help you along in your certification process. Reach out to us to learn more and be sure to leave a comment to tell us about your journey!

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