It's our 20th anniversary. Take a trip through history with us.
  • Welcome!

    In 1993 a group of building tradesmen and weatherization program professionals had a vision for independent, third party verification of worker skills in the weatherization industry. From this vision the Building Performance Institute took its first steps.

    BPI has played a pivotal role in shaping the nascent home performance industry by developing technical standards, credentials and quality assurance relied upon by thousands of contractors. Today BPI certified professionals hold over 22,000 active certifications across the nation and in two foreign countries. More than 110 energy efficiency programs specify BPI credentials to ensure quality. Over the next 20 years BPI will continue to raise the bar, helping contractors provide safe, high quality and cost-effective home performance solutions to homeowners around the world.

  • 1993

    During a DOE and New York State Weatherization Program sponsored 3-day retreat in New York City, a group of 35 building performance professionals develop a set of principles to serve as the structure and philosophy of a building performance industry. It was from this retreat that the Building Performance Institute took its first steps, as it was decided that certifications, not just training, were critical to ensuring the quality of work performed.

    BPI is established as a program under New York State’s NYSTAR program with a mandate to create a Building Performance Field Manual.

  • 1994

    “We drew a line in the sand between training and certifications.”
    – David Hepinstall
    Association for Energy Affordability (AEA)
    and BPI Chairman of the Board

    The founders specify that BPI’s mission is to develop certifications to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities of workers, and not conduct training directly. From this directive, the concept of joint written and practical exams was born – and that training would be carried out by a third party.

  • 1995

    BPI acquires a facility in Glens Falls, New York to accommodate office space and a “testing house” configured to adequately test candidates on their ability to apply their skills in a real life setting.

    "By setting standards and credentialing contractors, BPI played a pivotal role in shaping the home performance industry by ensuring work is conducted in a safe manner, and based on sound building science.”
    – Andrew Fisk
    Conservation Services Group

  • 1996

    The Building Performance Institute is officially incorporated.

    Larry Harmon becomes BPI’s founding Executive Director, and leads the organization through the original pilot testing of multi-state Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) staff.

    BPI issues its first certifications for WAP energy auditors and installation personnel, following their written and field testing in the Glens Falls facility.

  • 1997

    BPI, working with the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) in New York City, develops and offers Advanced Heating Plant Technician certifications to provide technicians working in New York City Housing Authority buildings with a credential demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to warrant promotion to this new job title. This was BPI’s first multifamily certification and continued to be offered for several years to NYCHA technicians.

    BPI’s first Board of Directors is established and meets in Glens Falls, New York.

  • 1998

    AEA in New York and Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA), both Weatherization Training Centers, become BPI’s first affiliates, supporting development and delivery of training in preparation for BPI testing and certification. INCAA was selected in 1999 by the State of Indiana to bring consistency to Indiana’s 24 weatherization agencies. INCAA relied on BPI’s certifications and standards to aid state goals.

    BPI finishes the BPI Field Guide. BPI closes its Glens Falls facility and moves to New York City.

  • 1999

    An expert panel is convened (The Carbon Monoxide Analyst Advisory Council) to craft a diagnostic protocol for gas appliances. The Carbon Monoxide Analyst certification is developed and released as a result of this protocol. The National Comfort Institute assumes a pivotal role in training and testing HVAC contractors to this standard on a national scale.

    NYSERDA releases RFPs that serve as catalysts to spur infrastructure development for the emerging home performance industry. NYSERDA awards a major contract to Conservation Services Group (CSG) to assist NYSERDA in working with BPI to refocus existing BPI standards from weatherization to the private contractor market.

  • 2000

    Courtney Moriarta becomes BPI Executive Director and leads the development of BPI technical standards, related professional certifications, and the contractor accreditation model.

    Battlefield strategy! To rapidly ramp up qualified private contractors for the new NYSERDA program, BPI launches the “battlefield” tactic of coordinating on-the-spot training for contractor staff with delivery of diagnostic equipment, signing of accreditation agreements, and testing of candidates.

    BPI develops the Building Analyst, Envelope Professional and Heating Professional certifications targeting private market contractors.

  • 2001

    NYSERDA together with EPA formally launches the first Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program in New York State, requiring BPI company accreditation to participate.

    First BPI accredited contracting companies come on board in New York.

    BPI and NATE sign an MOU to develop and promote an industry based professional skills structure. BPI accepts NATE’s certification as satisfactory completion of the written component of BPI’s Heating Specialist certification.

    Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) begins offering training to prepare candidates for BPI’s Building Analyst I (Auditor) exams across New York State.

    NYSERDA develops standardized curriculum to support the “modern” BPI certifications, and then licenses the curriculum to new training centers. NYSERDA later supports the development of a network of learning centers via Hudson Valley Community College.

    BPI reaches 590 active certifications.

  • 2002

    NYSERDA requires that any company carrying out building assessments under the Assisted Multi-Family Building Program has at least one BPI certified Multifamily Building Analyst (MFBA) on staff. NYSERDA provides incentives supporting both training and certification of MFBAs and of building superintendants as Building Operations Specialists.

    The AC/Heat Pump Professional certification is released.

  • 2003

    NYSERDA funds BPI to conduct a series of retreats for subject matter experts to develop a new set of standards and certifications for multi-family building job titles, including Multifamily Building Analyst, Energy Efficient Building Operations Specialist, and Hydronic Heating System Designer.

    The Mobile Home Specialist certification is developed and piloted in Syracuse, New York with assistance from new BPI affiliate, the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD).

    BPI and RESNET announce reciprocal agreement to allow modified testing requirements for candidates earning both BA and Home Energy Rater certifications.

  • 2004

    BPI recruits the Building Performance Center (BPC) and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) as affiliate organizations. BPC helps to expose the greater Northwest to BPI’s standards and certifications, while VEIC does the same for most of New England.

    BPI wins competitive solicitation from EPA/HUD/DOE to promote national expansion of home performance.

    BPI has seven affiliate organizations in its network.

    BPI completes project with Missouri Association for Community Action to update the state’s technical standards for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

  • 2005

    William Parlapiano III becomes Chief Executive Officer and leads BPI’s national expansion efforts. Revised national policies and procedures for certifications, accreditation, affiliates and quality assurance are initiated.

    Through leadership of the late Tony Woods, BPI establishes inaugural “BIPPY” award and Hall of Fame awards for recognition of outstanding contributors to the home performance industry.

    “BPI is creating a nationally recognized, highly credible certification and accreditation process to ensure the highest quality of those carrying a BPI credential.”
    – William J. Parlapiano III
    CM, CIAQ, NATE, BPI, HERS, Portland Energy Conservation Incorporated

  • 2006

    BPI’s network of certified professionals grows from seven to 35 states, and BPI’s accredited company network grows to 160 organizations in five states. BPI certifies its first international customers from Canada.

    “BPI started with standards and certifications, but it has grown into a total quality assurance program; it’s the reason why states and utilities are so adamant about quality assurance today.”
    – Laverne Dalgleish
    Building Professionals, Inc.

  • 2007

    Larry Zarker becomes BPI Chief Executive Officer. Leads BPI’s national expansion with certified professionals in all 50 states. The affiliate network expands from seven affiliates to 300+ by 2011.

    “Across the energy efficiency retrofit industry, energy auditors, HVAC technicians, insulation installers, remodelers, general contractors and many others in residential construction are responding to the need for BPI’s top quality standards to guide their work in energy retrofits.”
    – David Hepinstall
    AEA and BPI Chairman of the Board

  • 2008

    BPI reaches 1,000 active certifications.

    “BPI is a strong leader in this industry. BPI’s influence on all 50 states and Canada is driven by the success they’ve had putting health and safety front and center; teaching people about the importance of home performance and how it can ensure safe and healthy living.”
    – Paula Hayes
    Curriculum Designer and Trainer

  • 2009

    BPI reaches 5,000 active certifications.

    Congress passes the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which pumps more than $5 billion into weatherization and home performance programs nationwide. The funding generates intense interest in home performance careers, and spurs demand for industry newcomers to get training and earn BPI certifications.

    BPI opens office in Washington, D.C.

  • 2010

    BPI reaches 10,000 active certifications, 242 affiliate training organizations.

    The HomeStar Act of 2010 is introduced in Congress, but fails to pass both houses. It would have created a federal program to provide direct consumer incentives for residential efficiency retrofits. The legislation stimulated widespread interest in BPI credentials, as it would have required BPI accreditation and certification, amongst other credentials.

    BPI achieves accreditation as a Standards Development Organization from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

    Certification exams are offered online for the first time. Until this point, exams were taken and graded by hand.

    BPI publishes Standard Work Specifications for upgrades to residential buildings. These serve as the framework of the DOE Guidelines for Quality Work (Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Energy Upgrades).

    BPI opens office in Emeryville, California.

  • 2011

    BPI reaches 25,000 active certifications and 304 affiliate organizations.

    “We have certified professionals in every state – a great achievement – but when you see certified professionals from seven foreign countries on our lists, you know BPI is having an effect on global home performance, and that is truly humbling.”
    – Vikki Murphy

  • 2012

    Jan - BPI establishes new certification exam protocols and quality assurance measures over the proctoring process, including videotaping of all exams. Transitions affiliate organizations to BPI Test Centers in accordance with ISO 17024 requirements for ANSI accreditation.

    March - BPI launches pilot exams for advanced Home Energy Professional certifications, together with the National Renewable Energy Lab and the U.S. Department of Energy.

    July - BPI-1100-T-2012: The Home Energy Auditing Standard is published as a BPI standard.

    August - BPI achieves ANSI accreditation as a certifying body.

    September - BPI publishes BPI-2400-S-2012: Standard Practice for the Standardized Qualification of Whole-House Energy Savings Predictions by Calibration to Energy Use History, also known as the "Delta Standard," as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard.

    December - BPI reaches 41,000 active certifications and 216 BPI Test Centers. BPI standards and credentials are specified in over 150 energy efficiency programs nationwide.

How do you know if things are being done right? Look to BPI’s standards, you won’t see the energy savings you’re looking for without BPI’s quality assurance.
— Laverne Dalgleish
Building Professionals, Inc.
BPI’s role in the industry is critical for ensuring that standards are effective; certifications accurately identify a technician’s knowledge base and skill set; and contracting companies are providing high quality and safe home performance services to consumers.
— Andrew Fisk
Conservation Services Group
BPI's biggest achievement is that the goals that we talked about 15-20 years ago have become realities. The next 20 years in this industry will require strong standards and consistent quality assurance. BPI will be there to develop those tools and help people understand the house as a system.
— Vikki Murphy