Lowder and Blackburn earn certifications

Eddy Blackburn (left) has been a part of the team at Horry Electric since 1987 and Ricky Lowder (right) joined in 1988. Both have devoted their time and developed skills in the energy management/marketing area.

Ricky Lowder, senior marketing and energy management representative for Horry Electric  and Eddy Blackburn, marketing analyst,  have both earned certification as Building Analyst Professionals and as BPI Envelope Professionals.

 The written and field examinations for both credentials, which are made available through the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) are nationally recognized. Achievement of certification means an individual has passed both successfully.

In order to earn the credential of Building Analyst Professional, Lowder and Blackburn’s knowledge and skills were tested in six specific area, which included Building Science; Buildings and their Systems; Measurement and Verification of Building Performance; BPI National Standards and Project Specifications; Analyzing Building Systems and Professional Ethics, Conduct and Communication.

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 certification program is a residential specialization that focuses on ways to enhance the envelope’s thermal and pressure boundaries through insulation and air sealing techniques. 

Individuals who have successfully completed this training have a proven understanding of not only how to analyze the 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,” said Garrett Gasque, marketing and energy management representative for Horry Electric, when he earned his certification as BPA and Envelope Professional earlier this year.

Lowder, Blackburn and Gasque are three of several electric cooperative energy management professionals across South Carolina seeking certification through BPI. “Having the energy management team at Horry Electric Cooperative earn such designation is important for the Cooperative, as well as our members,” says Penelope Hinson, manager of public relations, marketing and energy management for Horry Electric.  “They already had a lot of experience and training under the belts, but this adds even more value to their abilities to help our members.”

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