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home energy audits 101
With all the attention on going green nowadays, home energy audits have significantly increased
in popularity within the past decade. A home energy audit is typically the first step in making your
home even more energy efficient. A certified energy audit can help you evaluate the amount of
energy your house uses. A certified energy auditor will be able to suggest measures you will be
able to take to improve your energy efficiency. Hiring a skilled energy auditor is the best method
to obtain accurate recommendations for enhancing the efficiency of your house. A certified energy
auditor may use a variety of methods and equipment to establish the energy effectiveness of your
home. Comprehensive audits typically use equipment like blower doors, which measure the
degree of leaks in the building envelope, as well as infrared cameras, which show hard to find
locations of air infiltration and missing insulation. Once an energy audit is performed, your
certified energy auditor will supply you with a report including relevant information regarding all
areas that could seek improvement in your home. Just remember an energy audit in itself does
not conserve energy; you will need to implement the suggested improvements in order to obtain
the degree of energy efficiency in which you are looking for.
Whenever picking an energy auditor it is valuable to know exactly what training your auditor has
gone through. You will want to keep in mind that an energy audit may not always be performed by
just anyone using "auditor" as a title. In your state, home energy audits may be carried out by
Home Performance Contractors, Building Analysts, Energy Inspectors or Home Energy Raters.
Every one of these titles are used to illustrate qualified individuals who can efficiently perform an
energy audit. There are many areas in which you can find professional energy auditing services.
Your state or local government Energy or Weatherization office could help you identify a local
company or organization which performs certified home energy audits.
Here are several typical qualifications you may come across when seeking to find an energy
The Building Performance Institute (BPI): An energy auditor certified as a Building Analyst has
passed a 2 hour, 100 question written exam with a score of at least 70 %, in addition to passing a
field examination. The BPI does not mandate strict training before the examination, but a
classroom or online course is highly suggested. An usual prep course for the BPI certification
examinations is about a week of full-time training. A BPI Building Analyst is certified to conduct
blower-door tests (which ought to be performed both before and right after upgrades), combustion
appliance inspection and repair, air quality testing including carbon monoxide detection, duct
testing and airflow testing. A BPI analyst needs to be re-certified every three years, either by retaking the tests or by supplying proof of continuing education from a BPI affiliate. BPI training may
seem short, a week's worth of classes, however remember that the majority of contractors
pursuing BPI certification already have substantial knowledge in the building industry. For this
reason, most businesses with BPI certified contractors will market themselves as Home
Performance Contractors rather than Energy Auditors.
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET): A RESNET certified auditor, or a HERS
(Home Energy Rating System) Rater, has passed a two-hour, 50-question written examination
with a score of 80 % or better. RESNET trained auditors have completed 2 ratings proctored by a
RESNET education provider, and 3 more "probationary" ratings within 1 year of passing the
written exam. ALL ratings done by a HERS Rater are presented to a RESNET affiliate for quality
control and approval. A HERS rater additionally takes approved continuing education courses
throughout the year, amounting to at least 12 hours of classroom instruction. Like BPI, RESNET
does not offer or mandate training as a requirement for taking their certification examination, but
again is strongly recommended. A common RESNET preparation course is roughly a week's
worth of 8 hour days in the classroom and the field.
With over 11 billion of stimulus money given to state and local governments so as to help
decrease home energy usage, and with more and more states putting into effect home energy
laws, right now would be the best time to invest in a home energy audit. Home energy audits are
said to improve a home's energy consumption by 30 % on average, and depending upon the
upgrades you choose to make, you may be entitled for certain federal tax credits. Once an energy
audit is accomplished, you will feel that your house is more comfortable, safe, durable, more
energy proficient, and might even have a higher resale value. Plus, when your house is even
more energy efficient, you have the added advantage of knowing that you are preserving the
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