EnergyLink is proud to announce that Kent Sassatelli, one of our Project Assistants, has earned his BPI certification from the Building Performance Institute. He passed his required exams with flying colors and is now able to do more extensive on-site work for customers. Now, Kente joins Scott Schnelle and Justin Wiles as a certified BPI examiner for EnergyLink.
What is a BPI Certification?
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a nationally recognized certification, accreditation, and quality assurance body for home performance contractors. According to Zack Academy, a “BPI certification will give you the tools to analyze and correct any deficient features in older (and even modern) residences. Professionals with BPI certification are currently in huge demand since so many local and regional government entities now require a BPI credential to be eligible for weatherization and energy audit-related tax credits.”
What Does the BPI Certification Course Cover?
The Building Performance Institute’s course (which must be taken to earn their certification) comprehensively covers a variety of areas that are invaluable for energy auditors to know. These include:
- Building Science
- The Building Shell
- Thermal & Pressure Boundaries
- Diagnosing Air Leakage
- Blower Door Testing
- Heating & Cooling Systems
- Weatherization & Insulation
- Lighting & Appliances
- Combustion Testing
How Will This Benefit EnergyLink’s Customers?
Prior to receiving this certification, Kent mainly worked on the installation side of projects, so he has expanded his skill set, making his on-site work for customers more valuable, in-depth, and thorough. The added educational value which comes with taking a BPI course means he will be able to better spot areas for improvement in customers’ facilities, and it will even allow him to perform large-scale energy audits faster.
What’s Next for Kent?
The BPI certificate Kent received mainly certifies him for residential work, but he hopes to expand upon that in the near future by earning his BPI Multi-Family Certification so he can add more commercial applications to his work; this would allow him to serve clients in Louisville, St. Louis, and Lexington, which would make him an even greater asset to the company. He also hopes to follow in the footsteps of Cully Meier by pursuing a NABCEP certification. When asked why he is pursuing these certifications, Kent said: “ultimately, my goal is to better serve EnergyLink’s customers, so I am always looking for new ways to expand my knowledge and skill set.”