The Building Performance Institute (BPI) has launched its Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge and companion Reference Guide, responding to strong demand for a method of verifying basic building science knowledge in the home performance and energy efficiency retrofit fields.

"The Building Science Principles certificate is a first step into the world of home performance," says Larry Zarker, BPI CEO. "It's for those in the residential building trades and anyone interested in a career in sustainability, who needs to know how homes work but don't need the hands-on technical skills required of BPI certified professionals."

BPI has received strong interest in the certificate from manufacturers on behalf of their dealers and distributors, from home inspectors, appraisers and realtors, from educators, and from program managers in government and utility energy efficiency programs.

BSP certification is based on a 100-question online exam that verifies a basic knowledge of building science. The BSP certificate's companion Reference Guide helps prepare candidates to understand how various systems of the home interact to maximize energy efficiency, enhance building durability, and protect occupant comfort, health and safety. The Reference Guide can be used alone or as a complement to online or classroom training, should candidates require it.

Because the BSP is a knowledge-based exam, it requires no hands-on field testing with diagnostic equipment. For those considering a career in home performance contracting, it serves as an introduction to BPI's technical certifications, including the Building Analyst, Building Envelope, Heating and AC/Heat Pump professional designations. The BSP certificate is not a BPI professional certification, and certificate holders are not BPI certified. Click here for more information.