Consumer Reports – October 2013

Carolina Energy Conservation is proud of the affiliation and certification with the Building Performance Institute. Who is BPI and what does it certify. The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is an independent, not-for- profit organization that offers nationally recognized and comprehensive training, certification, accreditation, and quality assurance programs in home performance (energy efficiency) contracting. The BPI programs recognize the house as a single system where all the subsystems interconnected. The relationship between all the interconnected systems of the house is the key to its overall performance, efficiency, and durability. Moreover, home performance is essential to the health, safety, and comfort of home occupants. The crawl space is a very important subsystem in the system that is a home. Certified BPI professionals are trained to diagnose and solve home energy performance problems. Nationwide, some cities have started to require home energy audits by a certified energy auditor whenever a new or existing house is sold. Other local utilities including many South Carolina utilities periodically offer rebates, discounts and special low cost loans for energy audits and energy retrofits. This represents an enormous opportunity for South Carolina homeowners. Carolina Energy Conservation is currently certified as a building envelope specialist and as a building analyst. When you call Carolina Energy Conservation for a free, no-obligation crawl space assessment, you’re calling an experienced professional that has the best training the industry has to offer.

“Watch out for: Fly-by-night companies — ‘blow and go’ is the industry term — who charge a hefty fee for an audit, promise major upgrades, then disappear . Choose a contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute.