Malta, NY, November 16, 2010 – The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) today announced a promotional agreement with EnergySavvy.com intended to help GOLD STAR accredited contracting companies with their marketing efforts.
As of today, all BPI GOLD STAR accredited contracting companies will be listed on the EnergySavvy.com contractor directory free of charge. EnergySavvy.com provides educational tools for home owners – including a basic online energy performance checklist and a database of incentive programs – then connects them with qualified, skilled professionals to help them improve the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, health and safety of their home. Each consumer referral is screened by EnergySavvy.com staff prior to being passed on to the selected contractor, improving the quality of each lead received from the site.
“We understand that marketing and selling home performance retrofits involves a lot of consumer education up front,” says BPI CEO Larry Zarker. “EnergySavvy.com offers accurate, easy-to-understand consumer education that can help move a homeowner from conducting research to taking action. It makes sense to work with them to raise the profile of our contractors. We want to help them build their businesses, and build the industry.”
“We are absolutely dedicated to energy efficiency. We understand the importance of doing it right, and that means using the right contractor who is trained specifically in energy efficiency retrofit work,” says Aaron Goldfeder, CEO and co-founder of EnergySavvy.com. “By bringing the BPI accredited contractor base onto our site, we know we are connecting our consumer visitors with companies that are not only trained and certified, but are working under a nationwide quality assurance program. That means a lot to us, and we hope it will mean a lot to homeowners who come to EnergySavvy.com.”
BPI accredited contracting companies follow BPI standards for home assessments (energy audits) and retrofit solution implementation, and comply with requirements for a minimum number of specialized BPI certified professionals on the payroll. Mandatory participation in a rigorous national quality assurance program that includes third-party audits is a requirement of BPI accreditation.
BPI credentials are referenced and/or required for contracting companies participating in a growing number of federal, state, local and utility homeowner incentive programs, including the proposed federal Home Star program (aka Cash for Caulkers). Under many of these programs, only BPI accredited contracting companies may perform energy efficiency retrofit improvements in order for the project to be eligible for funding.
In addition to listing all BPI GOLD STAR accredited contractors, EnergySavvy.com will also include companies that employ at least one BPI SILVER STAR certified professional, but have not yet attained full company accreditation. All eligible companies will receive an email invitation from BPI with a customized link to activate their EnergySavvy.com account.
EnergySavvy was founded in 2008 with a mission to make home energy efficiency easier for everyday people. EnergySavvy’s web tools are deployed on its own portal at EnergySavvy.com and through regional energy efficiency programs such as Energy Trust of Oregon and Utah Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®. For more information about EnergySavvy, visit www.energysavvy.com.
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:
Certification of individuals in building analyst, heating, AC/heat pump, shell/envelope, and multi-family designations
Accreditation of contractors committed to delivering quality, home performance improvements
Quality assurance to verify conformance with BPI Standards and provide feedback for continuing improvement
Affiliation of training organizations that deliver BPI services in their market
Open, transparent, consensus developed national technical standards based on sound building science
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.