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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

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. 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.

Steps to Becoming a BPI Rater:

  1. Read BPI’s Rating Program Policies and Procedures and complete the BPI Rater Application.
    1. Make sure your certifications are up to date. 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.

      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 BPI Rater ID number, online portal log-in information, and Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor information with your starter packet. Keep your BPI Rater status up to date annually.
    2. If you are not a Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor, once your application is approved, proceed to Step 2.
  2. Register to take DOE’s Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor exams.

    Create (or capture) an OpenID

    The Home Energy Score website requires an OpenID login. Each Assessor Candidate must have an OpenID URL and password. If you become an Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor you will use your OpenID whenever you access the Home Energy Score. Go to and click on "Get an OpenID." Follow these instructions to create or capture your OpenID URL and password.
  3. Register for and complete FREE online training. All candidates are strongly encouraged to study all five Home Energy Score modules on the National Training and Education (NTER) Training Portal: Follow these instructions to register in the online training portal.
  4. Arrange to take the Home Energy Qualified Assessor Exams with a BPI Test Center. Find a BPI Test Center.
  5. Pass the two-part Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor Exams by passing the multiple choice test (Part I) and the practical test (Part II). Candidates are allowed no more than three attempts at each test.
  6. 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.
  7. BPI is opening its zip code locator tool to all raters. BPI supports the building performance industry at all levels by helping homeowners find you. Whether or not you choose to participate in BPI's Rating Program, if you are a rater under another provider, and would like to have a local (zip code to 200 miles), statewide, or national listing in BPI's locator tool to help homeowners find you, submit your information for listing.
  8. For current BPI certified professionals, the additional credential will be added to your current listing at no extra charge; simply update the information in your candidate portal.  Raters who are not BPI certified may obtain a listing for a small fee.  All raters are welcome to provide their information for listing, subject to verification of status with your provider.
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