Monday, July 28, 2014

ASHI, NAR and USGBC Recognize Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate for Continuing Education

Malta, NY, July 28, 2014 - Three leading organizations representing the home inspection, real estate and sustainable building industries have recognized BPI's Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge for the basic principles of residential energy efficiency, health and safety it brings to the continuing education of their membership. The BSP Certificate is earned by passing BPI's 100 question, multiple choice online exam on the principles of building science behind house-as-a-system energy upgrades.

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has approved the BSP Certificate for five Continuing Education credits for its member home inspectors. ASHI members can earn the credits by studying the BSP exam's companion reference guide and passing the online exam. ASHI's nearly 6,000 individual home inspectors represent solely owned, franchise and multi-inspector companies.

"Home inspectors are the most trusted advisors home buyers turn to when buying a home. As energy efficiency standards for homes rise, home buyers are increasingly savvy about energy efficient features, and expect home inspectors to have sound knowledge of the science behind the heating and cooling, moisture conditions and air flow throughout their homes. Studying for and passing the BSP exam verifies they have that knowledge," said Bill Loden.

The National Association of Realtors' (NAR's) Green REsource Council has approved the BSP Certificate as an alternative training program credit for Realtors to earn NAR's Green Designation. The Green Designation is the only NAR conferred real estate designation for agents to learn about energy efficiency and sustainability issues pertaining to real estate. To become an NAR Green Designee, NAR members must complete three NAR courses on real estate and sustainability issues. Studying the BSP Reference Guide and passing the BSP online exam qualifies as an alternative to the first level NAR course.

The U.S. Green Building Council's Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) awards six Continuing Education hours for studying the BSP Reference Guide and passing the online exam. Credentials are maintained in 2-year cycles, and LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours per cycle, while LEED APs must earn 30 continuing education hours per cycle. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)  provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification programs related to green building.

A foundation in residential building science knowledge is critical for practitioners in the building and real estate trades. The principles of building science demonstrate how various components of the home interact to affect the home's overall performance. By studying the BSP Reference Guide, readers understand the relationship between the building envelope, insulation, heating, A/C, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home. Readers learn how all of these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home. They discover why improving the energy efficiency of the home is the first step toward solar, geothermal or other renewable energy improvements.

The BSP exam is a 100-question multiple choice exam that can be taken anytime online. Candidates prepare for the exam by first studying the companion reference guide that walks you through the major systems of the home.

BPI will release the 2nd edition of the reference guide this summer. New features include an expanded solar section, a chapter on offering customers energy ratings of their homes using the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score, and a Spanish-language edition of the guide and exam.

Learn more about the BSP Certificate at


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