The Building Performance Institute (BPI) has set forth a series of changes to its standards in order to comply with the American National Standards Institute accreditation process. This ANSI accreditation is the foremost designation for standards developers, and it underscores the reliability, integrity and widespread acceptance of BPI's energy auditing standards.
"This is a natural step in BPI's growth toward becoming the national source for technical standards underpinning the residential energy efficiency retrofit community," said Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI. "ANSI accreditation is an important formal approval and third-party verification of the fairness, openness and balance BPI has offered all the stakeholders in residential energy efficiency retrofit work. We look forward to meeting these ANSI obligations with our standards initiatives and to contributing to the overarching ANSI governance programs as a member of the standards community," he said.
In order to abide by ANSI's regulations, BPI will require:
• Increased BPI Certification fees for every exam
• All written and field exams must be videotaped for quality control
What does this mean for you? Well, despite the price increase, your BPI Certification is now worth more than ever. With the move towards ANSI, BPI is making a strong commitment to its energy auditing standards. The increased requirements of quality control will ensure the legitimacy of BPI as a nationally-recognized certification for years to come.
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