BPI Building Analyst Certification

BPI’s Building Analyst (BA) and Envelope Professional (EP) certifications have been a staple in the industry for over 20 years. In 2020, we convened a Scheme Committee comprised of Subject Matter Experts to evaluate them against the current state of industry.
Three major changes resulted from the recommendations by the Scheme Committee:
1. The Building Analyst certification has absorbed the Envelope Professional and been divided into two work-ready credentials, Building Analyst Technician (BA-T) and Building Analyst Professional (BA-P).
2. The BA-T covers data collection and diagnostic testing. It is awarded by passing a field exam that includes oral questions. The BPI Building Science Principles certificate (BSP) is a prerequisite for the BA-T.
3. The BA-P covers the principles of using computer software to model the energy upgrade potential of a home and developing a scope of work. The BA-P is awarded by passing a written exam. The BA-T is a prerequisite for the BA-P and must be maintained concurrently.
The existing Building Analyst and Envelope exams will be available for new and renewing candidates until May 31st, 2023. Therefore, any attempts for certification or renewal must be completed by May 31, 2023.

Steps to certification

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Course Overview

With the BPI Building Analyst certification, you will learn how to perform comprehensive, whole-home assessments, identify problems at their root cause, and prescribe and prioritize solutions based on building science. The Building Analyst certification verifies your knowledge, skills and abilities needed to conduct comprehensive building performance audits, including assessing whole-building ventilation, measuring airflow, combustion safety and testing/data collection.

Course Syllabus

Course Instructors

Mark Lera

Course Instructor

JOhn Mitchell

Course Instructor

Standards of Reference: ANSI/BPI-1200-S-2017 Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings

  • Correctly inspected gas/propane system for leaks/potential problems – NON-SCORABLE
  • Calibrate combustible gas detector (CGD) outside
  • Appropriate locations checked with appropriate speed
  • Mentioned method of verifying significant gas/propane leak (bubble solution) – ask
  • Correctly identified heating/cooling system types
  • Visual inspection of venting system for problems – NON-SCORABLE
    • Determined condition accurately
  • Correctly set up for natural conditions
  • Correctly recorded pressure differential in the CAZ prior to turning on exhaust appliances
  • Correctly set up home in worst case condition – NON-SCORABLE
    • All exhaust appliances running
    • Correct door closures – measured quantitatively or qualitatively
    • Air handler operation impact checked accurately
  • Correctly checked for worst case spillage in heating system
  • Correctly determined if the appliance passes the spillage test
  • Correctly checked for worst case spillage in the domestic water heater
  • Correctly determined if the appliance passes the spillage test
  • Correctly prepared CO monitor for use while outside of the building
  • Correctly tested ambient CO indoors
  • Correctly measured heating system flue gas CO during combustion safety testing
  • Correctly measured DHW flue gas CO during combustion safety testing
  • Appropriately applied BPI action levels based on test results for CO in the flue (choose DHW or heating system)
  • Correctly monitored ambient CO levels in the CAZ during entire combustion safety tests
  • Tested for CO in oven – NON-SCORABLE
  • Correctly checked for items, excessive debris inside oven
  • Oven test sampling location appropriate
  • Properly identified supplies and returns on hydronic systems
  • Properly identified supplies and returns on ducted distribution systems
  • Combustion appliances set to pilot or disabled
  • Proper set up of the blower door frame/shroud/fan
  • Proper set up of the manometer
  • Proper house setup for testing
  • Correctly measured baseline pressure differential
  • Accurate CFM50 measurement
  • Correctly measured existing ventilation fan flow
  • Conducted sample room by room inspection with blower door running
  • Correctly demonstrated usage of the pressure pan
  • Correctly identified type of domestic water heater
  • Accurately determined condition of basic safety controls

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