When choosing a company or energy auditor to help your space become more energy-efficient, there are standards to look for in your search. Ideally, your choice should have employees that hold the Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification, as well as being a part of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Smart Energy Solutions employees hold these distinctions. They have extensive experience in transitioning all manner of residential and commercial properties to energy-efficient spaces. Further explanations of these programs and what they entail can be found below.
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a nationally recognized certification, accreditation, and quality assurance body for home performance contractors. Focusing on the house as a system approach, BPI certification emphasizes the interdependence of building systems as they relate to energy consumption. BPI Building Analyst certification is the nation’s most widely recognized energy auditor certification.What most contractors and homeowners don’t realize is that of the 128 million homes in America, many were constructed before modern building codes were in place. Without proper guidelines for designing, building, and maintaining residences, the current condition of American homes is one of the main reasons for unnecessary fossil fuel consumption. Our homes are responsible for more than 20% of the GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) in the country and this number only goes higher as the quality of homes further worsens as they get older.
Our expert BPI-certified home energy auditor will identify energy-related issues in the home, providing our customers with an economic forecast of return on investment through energy efficiency improvements and solar energy. BPI-certified energy auditors evaluate the overall conditions of a home and perform a series of diagnostic tests to identify specific problem areas for energy efficiency. These areas include air leaks in the home’s envelope, duct leakage, and HVAC combustion safety. Following this assessment, an energy auditor will provide a homeowner with recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. By using building science technology to help our customers solve heating, cooling, and air leakage problems that are driving high energy costs, we also provide them with a more comfortable, safe, and durable home.
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization committed to helping homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
RESNET is responsible for creating the national training and certification standards for HERS Raters and Home Energy Survey Professionals, both of which are recognized by federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. mortgage industry.
In order to qualify for RESNET certification, home energy professionals must first complete the rigorous training required to meet the high standards of excellence demanded by RESNET and agree to abide by the RESNET Code of Conduct.
A comprehensive HERS home energy rating, conducted by our certified RESNET Home Energy Rater, is the most in-depth energy performance assessment of a home that you’ll find. It consists of diagnostic testing using specialized equipment to determine a home’s efficiency and help correct any existing problems.
The comprehensive HERS rating provides a computerized simulation analysis utilizing RESNET-Accredited Rating Software to calculate a rating score on the HERS Index. The report will also contain a cost/benefit analysis for the recommended improvements and expected return on investment.
Missouri Home Energy Auditor
Missouri Home Energy Auditor Certification by the Missouri Department of Economic Development Division of Energy is an important certification for any auditor. The Energy Auditor Training requires individuals successfully complete one of the following qualification:
BPI: as a Certified Building Analyst, a Certified Energy Auditor, or as a Quality Control Inspector
RESNET: as a certified Rater, which is another DED-approved Home Energy Auditor Training program. In addition to one or more of these certifications, the Department of Energy also requires certified auditors have access to the following tools: Fan-Assisted Whole House Pressurization Device (blower door); Combustion Gas Analyzer; Fan-Assisted Duct Pressurization Device or Pressure Pan; Digital Carbon Monoxide Analyzer; Digital Thermometer; Gas Leak Detection Device; Diagnostic Smoke Application. The Missouri Division of Energy requires re-certification every three years. Missouri taxpayers can claim an individual income tax deduction for the cost of a home energy audit and the cost of implementing energy-efficiency recommendations contained in an energy audit through December 31, 2020. The maximum deduction is $1,000 per year for individual taxpayer or $2,000 per year for taxpayer filing a joint return. The audit must be performed by an energy auditor certified by the Missouri Department of Economic Development prior to improvements being made.