BPI to Reference ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010
Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low Rise Residential Buildings
Malta, NY, June 12, 2012 - On January 1, 2013, BPI will reference the ASHRAE standard 62.2-2010 Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low Rise Residential Buildings in all BPI standards and certifications. Responding to industry feedback regarding mechanical ventilation requirements for existing homes, the new standard will replace BPI's current operating standard, ASHRAE 62-89. Currently BPI references ASHRAE 62-89 and will be updating standards and certifications to reflect this change.
BPI accredited companies have informed BPI that a six month lead time is required to obtain training and adjust work schedules to transition from the current standard to 62.2-2010. During the remainder of 2012, contractors and energy efficiency program administrators should prepare for this transition.
For the purpose of BPI certification, any certification exam conducted after January 1, 2013 will reference 62.2-2010, regardless of when it was scheduled.
For the purpose of BPI quality assurance inspections of accredited contracting company jobs, any work under contract before January 1, 2013 but not completed until after this date will need to conform to ASHRAE 62-89.
BPI recognizes that many contractors in the field are already using ASHRAE 62.2 -2010. BPI has waited to transition from ASHRAE 62.89 to 62.2, to align with the needs of many state and utility energy incentive programs, as well as DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program, that depend on BPI standards. BPI also needed to ensure that training organizations were prepared to train to the new 62.2 standard.
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