Building Science Principles Certificate of knowledge

Jump Start Your Career With BPI’s Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge

Instructor Mark Schappert

Are you considering a career in green buildings, sustainability or energy efficiency? Do you already work in the residential building trades? If so, basic building science knowledge is critical to your success.

Earning the Building Science Principles certificate is your first step into the world of energy efficient home performance. Building science demonstrates how various components of the home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Understand the relationship between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home. Learn how all of these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home. Discover why improving the energy efficiency of the home is the first step toward solar, geothermal or other renewable energy improvements.

Registration Information

 

Building Trade Professionals:

Build trust. Improve your bottom line.

 You advise homeowners, but don’t need the hands-on technical skills required of BPI Certified Professionals at this time. The knowledge you’ll acquire to earn this certificate will allow you to educate your customers about potential building performance problems, and to know when to call in an expert BPI Certified Building Analyst or Envelope Professional to conduct diagnostic testing.
  • Energy related product manufacturers and their distributors and sales reps
  • Remodelers
  • Insulation/ HVAC/ window sales reps and installers
  • Solar, geothermal heat pump and other renewable energy system sales reps and installers
  • Non-hands-on employees of home performance contractors, including sales reps and administrative personnel

Students:

Launch your career in energy efficiency and building sustainability. 

You’re interested in green buildings, sustainable design and energy efficiency. You’re wondering how to apply your interests toward a career. Earning the Building Science Principles certificate proves your worth to potential employers, in the college admissions process, and helps prepare you for internships and other work. This certificate demonstrates your knowledge of residential energy efficiency and the importance of house-as-a-system building science.

  • Community college students interested in a career in the building trades
  • Vocational/technical trade students
  • Secondary school students interested in environmental sustainability

Home Inspectors, Appraisers, Realtors:

Get the whole house perspective your clients need.

You may be a home inspector who needs to identify potential building performance problems in homes. Or you may be an appraiser or financial officer who needs to value green features of a home. Perhaps you’re a realtor who wants to be able to find, understand and market homes with sustainable features. Earning the Building Science Principles certificate proves you have the knowledge necessary to carry out your work effectively.

  • Home inspectors
  • Appraisers
  • Realtors
  • Mortgage and energy efficiency financing officers
Policy and Program Managers

Improve Your Results. Reduce Risk.

You shape the policies and programs that impact the performance of homes and the comfort, health and safety of occupants. Whether you’re a state regulator, a government or utility program manager, or a contract administrator, you need to understand the building science behind the policies you promote. Make more informed decisions and reduce your program’s risk when you know how the house works as a system.

  • Federal, state and local government energy office personnel
  • Managers of state, local or utility home energy efficiency incentive programs
  • Contract administrators of incentive programs
  • Government regulators of incentive programs

Jackson Browne – Green living – YouTube

Published on Jan 14, 2015Jackson Browne – Green livingJB invites Ed Begley and viewers to his beautiful home and ranch. Together with his partner, Dianna, they show us how it is possible to live in a self-sufficient way, off the grid, in greater balance with nature. His battery bank, wind generator, solar panels (and chickens) provide great inspiration and hope to all of us. Wonderful filming and many thanks to the team. Many thanks Jackson! This video for information purposes only, by the fans, for the

Off-grid, handcrafted life on Oregon farm & workshop – YouTube

Brian is an “obsessive craftsman” who believes he can build most anything in his life. On his Oregon farm he has built, or renovated, 5 tiny structures. After being told by the county that he couldn’t erect a yurt, he built a code-approved main house “to give us a place to legally stay”.

Once the main house was built, he created several smaller structures (less than 200 square feet) on the property from 90% local materials.

The farm is completely off the grid and Schulz points out that this doesn’t mean they rely on propane or lots of photovoltaics. Nearly all their tools for living have been adapted to fit the off-grid lifestyle. For his prototype solar-powered bathhouse Schulz used recycled solar hot water panels, salvaged hot water tanks (from the dump), a solar thermal window and a recycled soaking tub. Indoors, Schulz has adapted a chest freezer to create a low-consuming refrigerator (using a tenth of the electricity of a regular fridge) and a 1940s wood-fired cookstove to cook, heat and as a heat-exchanger, harvesting waste heat and thermo-syphoning water to heat up the home’s hot water.

They do have a limited number of photovoltaic panels which produce about 1000 watts of electricity when the sun is shining (for the entire farm), as well as a micro hydro generator in the creek and solar thermal panels.

Schulz models much of what he builds on the Japanese aesthetic and tries to make everything in his life not just functional, but beautiful (e.g. his bathhouse was designed not just as a shower, but as a way to de-stress).

Schulz is an avid kayaker and for his day job, he builds skin-on-frame kayaks (as well as teach others to build their own).