Malta, NY, November 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 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:
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.
BPI offers the following:
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.
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