BPI Certified: The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is the nation's leading building science accreditation organization. The "house as a system" philosophy looks at a building's various components (building envelope, attic, basement, combustion equipment, ventilation sources) and the interrelationship between them to maximize a home's performance. This approach leads to greater energy efficiency, but perhaps more importantly to buildings that simply work better. A home that has been analyzed and upgraded from a whole-house standpoint is more durable, healthier, more comfortable, and more energy efficient. For more information about BPI's standards, take a look at their Technical Standards for Building Analysts (PDF). Or vistit the BPI Pro website for more information the various cerifications.
RESNET Certified HERS Rater: RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network), is the premier accreditation organization for home energy raters and home energy auditors in the country. With an emphasis on new construction, RESNET certified HERS Raters (Home Energy Rating System) to analyze each element of home that may contribute to energy waste or energy inefficiencies. During a HERS Rating, we analyze each of these components, as well as their relationship to one another, to assign the home a score from 1-100 on the HERS Index. (100 is bad, 0 is good.) HERS Ratings are a mandatory part of the certification process for many green building certifications including Energy Star and LEED.
Energy Star Certification: for new homes is a powerful way to distinguish your home(s) from the competition. In an era of turbulent, but generally increasing, energy costs, more and more homebuyers are becoming attuned to the benefits of an energy efficient home. Energy Star for Homes, a certification that falls under the umbrella of the EPA's well-known Energy Star brand, is a powerful quality assurance program that ensures that a home is energy efficient, safe, and healthy.
Several MBPA members are qualified to administer Energy Star Home certification, and are also happy to serve as a consultant to architects, builders, and homeowners during the design/build process to ensure that a project meets all Energy Star requirements.