Garrett Gasque, marketing and energy management representative for Horry Electric Cooperative, earned certification as a Building Analyst Professional through the Building Performance Institute, Inc. in August. This month, he completed certification as a BPI Envelope Professional.
The BPI Envelope Professional Training course prepares individuals to analyze a home and understand why the process of auditing energy use is important to energy conservation and home construction. The certificate program is a residential specialization that focuses on ways to enhance the envelope’s thermal and pressure boundaries through insulation and airsealing techniques.
Individuals who have successfully completed this training have a proven understanding of not only how to analyze a home, but also why the process is so important. “Every home is different and it is important to understand not only what is happening, but why problems related to the building envelope such as moisture, ice dams, mildew and drafts were created in the first place,” says Gasque.
Gasque is one of several electric cooperative energy management professionals across South Carolina seeking certification through BPI. “Garrett is among the first to successfully complete both the written and the field portions Building Analyst Professional and Envelope Professional certificates,” says Penelope Hinson, manager of public relations, marketing and energy management for Horry Electric.
Having the energy management team at Horry Electric Cooperative earn such a designation is important for the cooperative, as well as its members. “The energy efficiency retrofit and weatherization assistance programs not already requiring BPI certification, will soon be adding the designation as a requirement,” says Hinson. “Our energy management professionals are already trained and credentialed in their field,” she adds. “Earning this designation adds even more value to their abilities to help our members.”
The written and field examinations required of all candidates for credentials available through the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) are nationally recognized. Achievement of certification means an individual has passed both successfully.