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BPI - Envelope Professional Training*
The BPI Envelope/Shell training is a five-day course designed to introduce the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve BPI Envelope Professional certification. Building Analyst training is highly recommended before taking this course. Some BA topics will be reviewed but this is not a BA Prep course. Training will include health and safety, heat transfer, moisture issues, thermal and pressure boundaries, shell inspection and air sealing, mechanical ventilation requirements, pressure diagnostics, duct diagnostics and a review of combustion safety.
To achieve BPI Envelope Professional Certification, candidates must receive passing scores on the BPI Building Analyst written and field exams. Tuition includes BPI testing fees for both the written exam and field exam.
BPI's Building Performance Institute Envelope/Shell course is a BPI residential certification specialization.
* Although the class includes a review of some Building Analyst concepts, students must have had Building Analyst training and certification to take this class
Curriculum topics covered:
- Testing In and Testing Out Procedures
- Thermal & Pressure Boundary Evaluation
- Critical Shell Identification & Inspection
- Blower Door Applications
- Duct Diagnostics
- Air Sealing & Dense-pack Techniques
- Prioritizing Air Sealing Work
- Insulation Techniques & Applications
- Window & Door Inspections
- Ventilation Requirements and Systems
- Health & Safety
- Indoor Air Quality Assessment
- Indoor Moisture Sources & Solutions
The course materials include:
- Pre-course study material including standards and protocols
- BPI customized curriculum and study guide
- Classroom and field training
- BPI Envelope written Exam
- BPI Envelope one-on-one Field Exam
- The confidence of the VHP Guarantee - If you do not pass the exam, you can take our next training course for free. *Repeat testing fees are not included with the guarantee.
Classroom Training - The BPI Envelope/Shell classroom training provides the essential knowledge to perform an energy audit. The course itself is the proprietary Building Analyst curriculum approved by the Building Performance Institute.
Field Training - BPI Envelope/Shell Field Training applies the fundamental principles learned in the classroom to an actual residential home. The training will have a large focus on Combustion Appliance Zone testing due to its importance with maintaining the health of the housing occupants. Students are instructed hands-on at the Weatherization Test House just outside the classroom where they are taught how to identify common residential problems and learn to use the following equipment:
Identify Residential Problems
- Hard to find moisture and thermal bypasses
- Room by room imbalances
- Duct system deficiencies
- Inefficiencies in building envelope and other mechanical systems
- Ventilation requirements
Proficiency with Equipment
- Blower door
- Monometer with zonal applications
- Natural gas detector
- Air Pressurization (smoke) detection
- Duct pressure detection
Written Exam - This is the actual EP Written Exam and is conducted online with your class instructor who is a BPI-approved proctor. The exam is held on the afternoon of the final day of class.
Field Exam - This exam will be a one-on-one, two-hour exam consisting of the student performing an assessment at the Weatherization Test House of the various features learned in the Envelope Professional training course. The exam will be conducted by a BPI-approved proctor, and scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Depending on distance travelled, field exams may be scheduled the day after the written exam, or on the Monday/Tuesday of the following week. The field exam must be concluded within 30 days of the written exam.