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The Home Energy Score is like a vehicle’s mile-per-gallon rating, only for homes. The score, developed and administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their home to other homes nationwide. The beauty of the score is in its simplicity – on a scale of 1 to 10, a 10 shows excellent energy performance and 1 means the home needs serious energy improvements.

At BPI, we predict the elegant simplicity of this tool will catch on in a big way with America’s homeowners. We want to make sure our network of highly qualified home performance professionals are part of the Home Energy Score solution to America’s high utility bills and wasted energy.

The BPI Rating Program

The BPI Rating Program applies to both new and existing housing as shown in the figure below. The approaches to each sector are different.

Home Energy Score Assessor for Existing Homes

BPI is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) first nationwide Home Energy Score Partner, and uses DOE’s Home Energy Score as our rating tool for existing housing. BPI’s Rating Program puts your home performance diagnostic skills to good use as a Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor – the only federal asset score designed for existing homes, used nationwide and backed by DOE. But our program goes beyond just labeling a home with a number. Qualified Assessors are trained to use software that generates not only the score, but also a prioritized list of recommended energy improvements and their estimated cost savings, tailored to the customer’s home. And that’s where BPI’s program takes the next step. When your company becomes a BPI GoldStar Contractor with Rater Staff, you can provide full turnkey services, from the Home Energy Score rating to comprehensive diagnostic assessment and installation of the improvements recommended for the home.

Our Rating Program offers three business models:

Independent BPI Rater - A credentialed individual that provides third-party rating services independent of any contractor or home improvement company.

BPI Rater Company - A company that primarily provides ratings, may refer customers to home performance contractors, and may act as a subcontractor or general contractor overseeing subcontractors installing home performance improvements.  The BPI Rater Company is responsible for the quality control of the improvements resulting from the recommendations, ensuring qualified professionals perform their work in alignment with BPI Standards.

A BPI GoldStar Contractor with Rater Staff - A BPI GoldStar Contractor that provides comprehensive home performance assessments, recommendations and installations, including adding Home Energy Score ratings to its portfolio.  BPI GoldStar Contractor Raters will comply with all BPI GoldStar Contractor policies and procedures in work performed for customers receiving ratings, as with all customers covered under the accreditation practice.

All BPI Raters will be required to comply with rater policies and procedures and participate in the quality assurance program.

Energy Code Compliance Rater for New Homes

BPI's Energy Code Compliance Raters verify that new homes comply with two key requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code applicable to the jurisdiction they are built in. These tests are air and duct leakage. BPI has established a rigorous field examination to determine whether individuals have the knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct the blower door test for air leakage and the duct leakage test. Individuals who pass this test are certified by BPI as Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) professionals and are recognized as an Energy Code Compliance Rater for New Homes.

Steps to Becoming a BPI Rater:
  1. Read BPI’s Rating Program Policies and Procedures.
  2. Hold a prerequisite credential. The BPI Rating Program requires that the rater hold one of the active BPI certifications or certificates listed below (or an alternate credential):
      • Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge
      • Building Analyst
      • Envelope Professional
      • HEP Energy Auditor 
      • HEP Quality Control Inspector
      Alternate credential: Candidates that would like an alternate credential considered (e.g., RESNET or other) may list their credential in the application. One of the BPI certifications listed above must be obtained within one year of applying as an HES Assessor.

      If you are already a Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor or RESNET Rater, include your current ID number for those designations in the application. Once approved, you will receive a welcome email from DOE with access to the Sim Training and Testing.

  3. Complete the BPI Rater Application. Include all requested documents and fees.
  4. Once approved, DOE will email you a welcome packet with instructions on how to access the Home Energy Score Sim Training and Testing.
  5. Read and complete the directions in the welcome packet to access a URL and login information to take DOE's FREE Home Energy Score Assesor online exams.
  6. Pass the practical and written tests. Candidates use the Home Energy Score 3D simulation tool to retrieve home characteristics data and to score three “practice/challenge” homes (receiving a score of 80 or better) and two test homes (receiving a score of 90 or better). Pass the written test by receiving a score of 80 or better on a multiple choice test comprised of 20 questions covering the Home Energy Score program.

    Once you have passed the Home Energy Score Assessor exams, DOE will send you log in information to begin performing assessments under the BPI Rater program.
  7. Schedule a walk-through with an experienced building science professional. To comply with DOE’s Quality Assurance protocols, all candidates are required to have a building science professional (mentor) accompany them on their first walk through of a home being scored. A BPI Client Relations Representative (CRR) will contact the approved assessor to coordinate one home as a mentoring session.
  8. Complete your assessments and upload all information into the DOE website. BPI will continue to track your progress.
  9. BPI Raters renew their status and documentation annually in compliance with BPI’s Rating Program Policies & Procedures. BPI Raters in good standing are not required to re-take the Home Energy Score exams.
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