BPI Annual Building Performance (BIPPY) Awards Presented at Affordable Comfort Conference

Malta, NY - May 24, 2006 Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), the nation’s premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance, and national standards organization, presented its second annual building performance industry (BIPPY) awards last night at a ceremony in conjunction with the Affordable Comfort conference in Austin, Texas. The awards are given to exemplary individuals and organizations in the building performance industry.

The 2006 winner of the Raising the Bar through Individual Professionalism award is Michael Lotesto of Performance Exteriors LLC, located in Crystal Lake, IL. The award is presented to a BPI Certified Professional who regularly and consistently leads by example when it comes to building performance activities.

According to BPI Chief Executive Officer, William J. Parlapiano III, CIAQ, “Michael Lotesto’s firm has become an exemplary BPI Accredited contractor in one of the most challenging markets in the country – suburban Chicago – with no home performance program to tap into as a catalyst, yet he has found his way using BPI credentialing. This has provided him with third-party credibility and access to BPI National Standards to enable him to make an immediate impact on his marketplace and garner feature articles in the Chicago Sun Times and the Los Angeles Times on his whole-house services that utilize his BPI credentials.”

Mr. Lotesto holds several BPI Certified Professional designations and has obtained BPI Accreditation for his company. He participates actively in BPI’s Technical Committee and serves as co-chair of the BPI Accreditation subcommittee.

The 2006 winner for Raising the Bar through Organizational Professionalism is the Association for Energy Affordability in New York City, New York. This award is given to a BPI Accredited or Affiliate organization that has demonstrated their commitment to building performance excellence and BPI objectives. This organization demonstrates exceptional, consistent delivery of quality focused, comprehensive building performance services in the marketplace.

“AEA has invested a tremendous amount of time and effort into assisting BPI in developing a series of multifamily certifications, and they have worked to ensure that BPI is an integral part of the Advanced Heating Plant Certification that is offered in cooperation with the City of New York,” according to Parlapiano. “Most recently, the organization has fully engaged in the process of offering the full compliment of BPI Small Home certification examinations, and will soon earn the distinction of being the very first BPI Affiliate qualified to deliver all of BPI’s residential and multifamily designations,” Parlapiano added.

AEA staff is actively involved in the BPI Technical Committee, Stakeholder Alliance, and one of their staff serves on the BPI Board of Directors.

The 2006 winner of the Leadership through Excellence in Building Performance Contracting is GreenHomes America. This award is presented to the organization that has demonstrated a record of outstanding achievements to produce a significant and lasting impact on the building performance industry. To be eligible, the organization must demonstrate leadership through excellence in building performance by supporting the mission of BPI at every possible level.

In presenting this award, Parlapiano said, “GreenHomes America has demonstrated that the building performance contracting industry is real, meaningful, and here to stay. They have demonstrated a commitment to the BPI mission and ideals at every possible level of their organization.”

Parlapiano emphasized GreenHomes America’s commitment to BPI principles, and emphasized that they:

  • Use and apply the BPI National Standards covering Building Analysis, Envelope, and Mechanical Systems on every project;
  • Implement exemplary quality management systems and proven field operations;
  • Assist BPI as it strengthens its certification, accreditation, quality assurance, and national standards through their participation in the BPI Technical Committee;
  • Embrace the whole-house philosophy, which is critical to delivering health, comfort and safety, building durability, system reliability, energy- efficiency and performance on every project;
  • Promote BPI credentialing and quality assurance, recognizing that it is essential to providing independent, third-party credibility;
  • Commit to using BPI credentialing as part of their market-based approach as they expand to new markets across the country.

The Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame

BPI is celebrating its 10th year anniversary as a corporation in 2006. Over the course of the last decade many outstanding building performance professionals and their organizations have been a part of the industry’s growth and the emergence of BPI as the certification, accreditation, and quality assurance authority for the building performance industry. BPI recognizes those who have made this industry what it is, with a permanent place of honor and recognition. The 2006 inaugural inductees into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame are: Rick Gerardi, Jim Fitzgerald, and David Hepinstall.

Rick Gerardi, is the Director of the Residential Energy Affordability Programs (REAP) at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Gerardi was critical to the founding of BPI in the early 1990’s. He established REAP in 1998 to implement statewide programs, which improve both residential efficiency and affordability. REAP focuses deployment resources to create innovative strategies for improved building performance in New York’s residential sector, and creative strategies to address the special energy needs of the State’s low- income citizens. Gerardi has been involved with the building trades for over 25 years, having built energy efficient, solar-assisted homes prior to his tenure with the State.

According to Parlapiano, “Rick Gerardi is among those who have helped to make the building performance industry a recognized national industry through his hard work and dedication. Gerardi’s efforts led to the first statewide Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in the country that requires every aspect of BPI standards, credentialing, and quality assurance. The importance of this early commitment to BPI cannot be overemphasized. As a result of his leadership, others across the country have followed.”

Gerardi was recently elected to the BPI Board of Directors, where he has been instrumental in helping BPI strengthen its policies and procedures for Certification, Accreditation, and Quality Assurance.

Jim Fitzgerald is the Director of Building Diagnostics for Conservation Services Group.

“Jim Fitzgerald is known throughout North America for his expertise in training weatherization crews for numerous agencies and utilities in over 35 states and in Canada,” said Parlapiano. “From 1998 until 2005, he was the Technical Director of the Center for Energy and Environment’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing and Remediation group for the ‘MAC Part 150 Residential Sound Insulation Program’ that has served more than 6000 houses,” according to Parlapiano.

Fitzgerald is BPI’s Immediate Past Chairman and has served BPI over the last decade as its chairman.

David Hepinstall is the Executive Director of Association for Energy Affordability in New York City.

According to Parlapiano, “David Hepinstall has 25 years of direct experience designing, developing, and managing innovative public and nonprofit programs serving energy affordability, community development, and education needs in low-income communities. He is currently a member of NYSERDA’s System Benefits Charge Advisory Group, the NYC Mayor’s Energy Policy Task Force, and the Low Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) Steering Committee.”

Hepinstall is the Vice Chairman of the BPI Board of Directors and has been a strong advocate for BPI credentialing especially in the multifamily and weatherization industries both in New York and nationally.

About the Building Performance Institute, Inc.

Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), is a recognized global leader, supporting the development of a highly professional building performance industry through individual and organizational credentialing and a rigorous quality assurance program. BPI offers the following:

  • certification of individuals in evaluation, mechanical, envelope, and multi-family designations
  • accreditation of organizations committed to using a quality management system
  • quality assurance to verify conformance and provide feedback
  • affiliation of organizations capable of providing localized delivery of BPI services
  • open, transparent, consensus developed national technical standards based on sound building science

BPI, in cooperation with the building performance industry stakeholders, establishes a professional performance bar at a level appropriate to ensuring the consistent delivery of exceptional building performance services for those entrusting the BPI brand. The BPI national expansion is supported by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as various regional, state, and local programs.


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