Building Science Principles

BPCi’s Building Science Principles training course—designed for a wide range of professionals who regularly advise or interact with homeowners—examines the most up-to-date information about energy-efficient home performance. You will learn specifically how various building components, such as the envelope, HVAC, insulation, ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems, interact to affect a home’s overall performance. This non-technical training program prepares you to earn a Certificate of Knowledge adhering to the professional standards set forth by the Building Performance Institute, Inc.

Why Take This Course?

The more you know about how the various systems in a sustainable home are related, the better you can advise your clients on how to maximize energy efficiency, enhance building durability, and ensure comfort, health and safety.

Depending on your occupation, BPCi Building Science Principles training program at can support you to:

  • Earn a Certificate of Knowledge from a trusted source
  • Learn the essentials about building science and performance
  • Provide homeowners with accurate information and advice
  • Market sustainable homes and services more effectively
  • Advise on energy assessments or provide diagnostic referrals
  • Gain expertise, build trust and enhance your reputation
  • Increase your business or career opportunities in a growing field

Building science is skill that is rapidly growing in demand by energy product manufacturers, dealers and distributors, home performance and home improvement contractors, utilities, government energy efficiency programs and other employers.

NOTE: The BSP certificate is not a BPI Professional Certification.

Ideal Candidates

The Building Science Principles certificate of knowledge training course is designed for any non-technical professional who supports or advises homeowners on home improvements, such as:

  • Policy/project/program managers
  • Realtors/appraisers/home inspectors
  • Renewable energy administrators/sales reps/installers
  • HVAC/duct testing/energy efficiency support personnel
  • Remodeling/contractor/home improvement staff
  • Mortgage and energy efficiency financial officers
  • Construction professionals
  • Green building/sustainability/energy efficiency students

Prerequisites

None

Topics Covered

BPCi’s Building Science Principles course prepares non-technical professionals to earn a Certificate of Knowledge from the Building Performance Institute, Inc.

Course Objectives

  • Provide a basic, yet comprehensive understanding of building science, home performance and energy efficiency.
  • Demonstrate how various components of the home interact to affect the overall performance of a sustainable home.
  • Differentiate between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home.
  • Explain the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score as a tool to assess and rate a home’s major energy systems.

Certification Path

BPCi’s Building Science Principles course prepares participants to earn a Certificate of Knowledge from the nationally recognized Building Performance Institute, Inc. This is not a BPI Professional Certification.

Investment

Building Science Principles Certificate

BSP Online Exam
$89

Building Science Principles Printed Reference Guide

BSP Digital Reference Guide – Online
$89

Building Science Principles Reference Guide - Digital PDF Version

BSP Reference Guide – Printed
$109 + Shipping

FAQ

What is the BSP Certificate of Knowledge?
The BSP Certificate of Knowledge verifies basic knowledge of the building science behind house-as-a-system home performance. After passing a 100 question online exam, candidates will have earned the certificate.

Why get a Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge?
The BSP certificate is for anyone in the residential building trades or 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.

Will the BSP certificate qualify me to assist others with their energy efficiency and home performance projects?
The BSP certificate will qualify you to provide general advice to homeowners seeking information about home energy assessments and retrofits. It will not qualify you to perform diagnostic tests associated with energy audits, or to carry out retrofit work. You will be able to recognize potential home performance problems, and to know when to call in any of the expert BPI certified professionals below:

  • Building Analyst
  • Envelope Professional
  • Air Leakage Control Installer
  • Heating Professional
  • AC/Heat Pump Professional
  • Multifamily Professional
  • Manufactured Housing Professional

When and where are exams administered?
Once you purchase the online exam from Our Store you will receive an email with a code to take the exam.

How long do I have to take the exam?

Candidates have one year to take the exam after registering online. Once you login and start the exam online, you have 2 hours to complete it.

How much work is available in this field?

Building science is skill that is rapidly growing in demand by energy product manufacturers, dealers and distributors, home performance and home improvement contractors, utilities, government energy efficiency programs and other employers.