Tuesday, April 11, 2017

BPI Certifications Provide Florida Home Builders with an Affordable Path for Blower Door Code Compliance

(Malta, NY) April 11, 2017 - The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) has obtained a set of non-binding interpretations from the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF). These BOAF interpretations recognize individuals certified by BPI can conduct blower door tests. BPI Certified Professionals meet the criteria set forth in 553.990-999 and the Florida energy code for test entities.  Test entities are individuals who conduct testing and issue blower door tests or inspection reports. These individuals can submit test and inspection reports to local code officials that will comply with the Florida building code.  Blower door testing in new Florida homes becomes mandatory on July 1, 2017.


These were submitted as three different requests for BOAF consideration. For this communication, the requests are combined into a single paragraph and noted in red below:


Question:  Would an individual who possesses a relevant certification by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (in accordance with FS 553.993 (5) or (7)) meet the requirements of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) – Energy Efficiency sections R104.5, R402.4.1.2, and R403.2.2 found in the 2016 Supplement in accordance with FS 553.998 (authorized by 2016 HB535) to submit an inspection report for a home for residential code compliance?


In summary, BOAF’s interpretation in all three cases is “yes” with commentary.  Please see the following non-binding interpretations: 

7911: http://interpretations.boaf.net/view/7911

7912: http://interpretations.boaf.net/view/7912  

7867: http://interpretations.boaf.net/view/7867


“This is an important development for the building industry in Florida” said BPI CEO Larry Zarker.  “Home builders need affordable options for testing to prove they meet the requirements of the Florida building code,” he added.


BPI Test Centers are now gearing up to provide training for individuals who will be qualified to perform these blower door tests.


BOAF is an association of building officials, building inspectors, plans examiners, and building code compliance professionals in the state of Florida.

About BPI

Founded in 1993, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) is the nation's premier certification and standard-setting organization for home performance professionals. BPI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as a developer of American National Standards and as a certifying body for personnel credentials. BPI develops the technical standards for home energy audits and for energy efficiency, health, and safety improvements.


From these standards, BPI develops rigorous written and field exams resulting in one of BPI’s 14 professional certifications. BPI also offers 3 programs (BPI GoldStar Contractor for companies, Rating Program for raters, and BPI Product Listing for manufacturers) and one certificate (Building Science Principles). BPI Certified Professionals hold over 18,400 active certifications supported by 130 BPI Test Centers and 340 Proctors. BPI has over 450 BPI Goldstar Contractors across the country. 


Originally published April 11, 2017.  Updated April 13, 2017.