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Raising the bar in home performance contracting
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BPI develops standards for energy efficiency retrofit work using an open, transparent, consensus-based process built on sound building science. From these standards, we’ve developed professional credentials for individuals, accreditation for contracting companies –including quality assurance programs– that help raise the bar in home performance contracting.
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What does the R-value of insulation really mean and how can it affect the efficiency and comfort of your home? As with many products, the type used, quality, and correct installation play a huge role in the effectiveness of insulation. Read #BPI's latest blog post from Matt Anderson, Director of Client Relations, to learn all there is to know about insulation #Rvalue: http://bit.ly/2jCWuL2.
“R-value” is one of the building science terms you spot in everyday life. What is it and why does it matter?
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Give yourself the gift of home performance knowledge this holiday season and check out BPI's December newsletter! This month digs in to information ranging from the U.S. Department of Energy's updated Best Practices Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing to Google Answer Boxes, the latest Google upgrade that could potentially affect your online success. Also included are BPI's holiday hours and our monthly stumper. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2gc15nV.
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This month's BPI Phrase of the Month blog post by Matt Anderson, Director of Client Relations, is on air sealing. Air leakage has a negative effect on insulation performance, moisture migration, energy usage, occupant health, and more. Sealing cracks and gaps not just around windows and doors but also around duct work, recessed lights, attic bypasses, and other locations could make a home more comfortable and healthy for homeowners and their families. Read more: http://bit.ly/2e0Awk8.
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Today's prospective homeowners have the option of either buying an existing home or building one from scratch. With both options come choices, such as finding the right floor plan and making sure the home is efficient and safe. Check out this infographic from Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. to learn more about how to streamline the process of building a new home and what to look for if you plan to retrofit your home: http://bit.ly/2dR9gSP.
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Every day for the next decade and a half, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65 and begin planning for aging comfortably. Because the size of their homes may be too much to handle, many Americans may consider other living options. But what if the home they have lived in for decades could be transformed to be more comfortable, safe and efficient? This is where home performance comes into play. Read more in our latest blog: http://bit.ly/2cwJxkR.
Every day for the next decade and a half, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65 and will begin considering retirement and plans for aging comfortably. With this accelerated growth of the aging population comes the opportunity to age in place in energy efficient homes.
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Got water? While many believe that water is a plentiful - even unlimited - commodity, it is scarcer than we think. Water bills can also get expensive with overuse. How can you reduce the amount of water your home uses? Try these six tips from our latest blog post to start conserving water today: http://bit.ly/2c5J8mN.
Water. To most of us, it’s an essential commodity that seems plentiful, even unlimited – you simply turn on the faucet and out flows a limitless supply of fresh, clean, clear and potable water. But water is not as unlimited as many people think.
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Think those icicles hanging off your roof are beautiful? Aside from being a hazard when they fall, they could also spell disaster for your gutters, roof, and even the interior of your home. Ice dams can lead to high repair costs if not prevented or fixed early on in the season. Check out our latest blog from guest poster This Old House to learn about the what, how, why, and prevention of ice dams: http://bit.ly/2iYAzxz.
Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble.
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It might be no surprise that nearly 1/3 of all U.S. households use natural gas cooking appliances, but did you know that these appliances can emit dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde if they are not properly vented? High levels of exposure to these compounds can lead to respiratory, cardiovascular, and other serious health ailments. Learn more about the benefits of vent hoods and how you can prevent dangerous air pollutants in your home.
Gas cooking appliances can emit dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and formaldehyde (HCHO) if not properly vented.
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Thinking of obtaining a BPI Quality Control Inspector (QCI), Energy Auditor (EA), Crew Leader, or Retrofit Installer certification for the first time? Consider applying for the Jon Siemen Scholarship to get your exam costs covered: http://bit.ly/2ents1X. Applications are due by 11/31.

These four annual scholarships (one for each of the four HEP certifications) were established to honor the life, memory, and work done in weatherization and home performance by Jon Siemen, BPI Technical Relations Representative, who passed away in 2015.
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The October edition of BPI's newsletter is out! This month digs in to what the Healthy Home Evaluator certification has to offer and how to get it, which states are the most energy efficient according to ACEEE's State Scorecard, and which industry search terms drive in the most traffic during the fall and winter seasons. Also, don't miss this month's special home performance "hacks" segment! Read the newsletter here: http://bit.ly/2e8SHqa.
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#BPI is proud to announce the Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship Program, established to honor the life, memory and work of Jon Siemen, BPI Technical Relations Representative, who passed away in March 2015.

This scholarship will be awarded to four recipients annually - one recipient for each of the four Home Energy Professional (HEP) certifications. To be eligible, an individual must work for a #weatherization program and meet all prerequisites for the certification for which they apply. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2cQUhZp.
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BPI is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Multifamily Standards Technical Committee. Applications are due by September 22, 2016.

BPI continually reviews and updates its technical standards used by the residential energy retrofit industry. Its Standards Technical Committees (STC) develop these standards in accordance with ANSI - American National Standards Institute procedures. Read more and learn how to apply: http://bit.ly/2bfFtmN.
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