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BC Hydro: Overview Of Certified Energy Advisors
BC Hydro describes skills and roles of Certified Energy Advisors, who are certified by Natural Resources Canada to deliver the EnerGuide Rating Service for new homes, or the EcoEnergy program for existing homes.

BOABC: Energy Modeling & Energy Auditing
Building Officials Association of BC online slide show presentation Energy Modeling and Energy Auditing covers definitions, applications, process, who does it, examples, and how to verify. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Online Video On Home Energy Audit
Fine Homebuilding online video shows the purposes, equipment, and procedures for conducting an energy audit of an existing home.

Remodeling Magazine: Online Video Of Home Energy Audit
Remodeling magazine online video shows how the executive director of the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State completes a residential home energy audit.

RESNET: Overview Of Home Energy Audit
RESNET provides an overview of the home energy audit including benefits, different types and a FAQ section.

US DOE: Infographic On Home Energy Audits
US Department of Energy online Energy Saver 101 infographic describes features, benefits and procedures of home energy audits.

US DOE: Overview Of Home Energy Audits
US Department of Energy offers an overview of do-it-yourself home energy audits and professional home energy audits.

US DOE: Overview Of Thermographic Inspections
US Department of Energy describes how auditors may use thermography, or infrared scanning, to detect thermal defects and air leakage in building envelopes.

US DOE: Proven Practices By Energy Advisor Services
US Department of Energy says residential energy efficiency programs across the United States have found that providing homeowners with a single point of contact increases the likelihood of an upgrade being completed and increases customer satisfaction levels. Often called an energy advisor or energy coach, this professional assists the homeowner through every step of the upgrade process and can provide a variety of services to help customers overcome the traditional barriers to completing a home energy upgrade.
Education & Training

AEE: Online Seminar On Facility Energy Auditing Fundamentals
Association of Energy Engineers online course educates those professionals conducting facility audits, and informs end users of what they should expect of an audit, and government/utility/service provider managers of what their auditors should be including/doing in audits they provide for their clients.

BPI: Building Analyst Testing Knowledge List
Building Performance Institute online Building Analyst Testing Knowledge List describes the items that a Certified Building Analyst must know to have command of the latest best practices in whole house energy audits. (PDF)

BPI: Standards For Building Analyst Professional
Building Performance Institute outlines its standards for becoming a Building Analyst professional. (PDF)

Building Science Tech: Purchasable Training Video For Building Analyst
Building Science Tech sells the 90-minute Building Analyst Field Training Video. The BPI Recognized Training video takes you through an existing home energy audit, and will help prepare you to take the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope field examinations. $100 USD

CleanEdison: Online BPI Building Analyst/Envelope Professional Combo Course
CleanEdison offers an intensive BA/EP Combo Course combining their BPI Building Analyst training and Envelope Professional training into a concise program. The course is based on the BPI Standards, which emphasize the 'house-as-a-system' approach to inspecting a home, where all systems are interconnected: from the HVAC equipment, to the envelope, the foundation, walls, roof, doors and windows. Participants will gain knowledge and experience in using diagnostic equipment such as blower doors and combustion analyzers to ensure that systems are functioning together to maximize home performance, comfort, energy efficiency, safety, and durability. $2595 USD

RESNET: National Standard For Home Energy Audits
US Residential Energy Services Network developed the National Standard For Home Energy Audits which is intended to define a framework for a home energy audit process. A certified auditor, an accredited Provider and/or a program will apply this standard to improve the energy performance of existing homes through uniform, comprehensive home energy surveys, audits and ratings for existing residential buildings. (PDF)

Saturn Resource Management: Online Courses For Energy Professionals
Saturn Resource Management offers online courses for test prep and continuing education for energy auditors and building performance professionals.

US DOE: Job Task Analysis For Energy Auditor
US Department of Energy Job Task Analysis For Energy Auditor provides a foundation for a credentialing program and helps identify the core knowledge areas, critical work functions, and/or skills typically found across a representative sampling of current practitioners or job incumbent workers. (PDF)
Industry Information

For Residential Pros: Weatherization & Energy Audit Markets On Rise
For Residential Pros article describes the rise of home energy audits and why the time may have finally arrived for the widespread growth of the building science profession.
Industry Sectors

CRESNET: Canadian Residential Energy Services Network
Canadian Residential Energy Services Network is a new, national non-profit association of energy service providers, advisors and inspectors who are working to ensure energy efficiency in residential buildings in Canada.

CTAS: Canadian Thermal Analysis Society
The Canadian Thermal Analysis Society Society promotes exchange of information relating to new techniques, instrumentation and applications, as well as providing a forum for the discussion of mutual interest among thermal analysts in Canada.
Information Sources

RESNET: Presentations From 2001-2009 Building Performance Conferences
US Residential Energy Services Network offers online access to 2009 conference presentations on home energy auditing and home energy rating. Links to presentations from their 2001 to 2008 conferences can be found at bottom of page.

RESNET: Presentations From Past Building Performance Conferences
Residential Energy Services Network, the trade association for the residential building performance industry, offers online slide shows and documents from presentations made at their industry conferences held in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Issues & Performance

ACCA: Existing Home Evaluation & Performance Improvement Standard
Air Conditioning Contractors of America and RESNET online Existing Home Evaluation & Performance Improvement Standard establishes minimum criteria by which deficiencies in existing residential buildings are identified by audit, improvement opportunities are assessed, scopes of work are finalized, and work is performed in accordance with industry recognized procedures. (PDF)

BPI: ANSI/BPI-1100-T-2014 Home Energy Auditing Standard
Building Performance Institute online ANSI/BPI-1100-T-2014 Home Energy Auditing Standard provides protocols to conduct a building-science-based evaluation of existing detached single-family dwellings and townhouses that meet specific criteria detailed in the scope of the standard. The evaluation addresses energy usage, elements of building durability, and occupant health and safety; provides a comprehensive scope of work to improve the home; and includes a cost-benefit analysis. (PDF)

BPI: ANSI/BPI-1200-S-2015 Standard Practice For Basic Analysis Of Buildings
Building Performance Institute online ANSI/BPI-1200 Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings has been published as an ANSI standard. It defines the minimum criteria and specific procedures for building science-based residential energy audits and related diagnostic tests that address energy usage, and limited aspects of building durability and occupant health and safety. The audit provides a comprehensive report with a list of prioritized recommendations to improve the home, and includes a cost-benefit analysis. (PDF)

BPI: Technical Standards For Building Analysts
Building Performance Institute technical standards for building analysts cover health & safety, building airflow, building evaluation, combustion safety & CO, and work scope requirements. (PDF)

RESNET: National Standard For Home Energy Audits
US Residential Energy Services Network developed the National Standard For Home Energy Audits which is intended to define a framework for a home energy audit process. A certified auditor, an accredited Provider and/or a program will apply this standard to improve the energy performance of existing homes through uniform, comprehensive home energy surveys, audits and ratings for existing residential buildings. (PDF)

RESNET: US Standards For Residential Energy Audit
US Residential Energy Services Network national standard defines a framework for a home energy audit process. An accredited provider or a program may apply this standard to improve energy performance of existing homes through uniform, comprehensive energy audits for existing residential buildings. (PDF)

US DOE: Quality & Consistency In Retrofit Audits & Cost Estimates
US Department of Energy report Retrofit Audits and Cost Estimates: A Look at Quality and Consistency examined the audit reports for quality, comprehensiveness, and consistency. Based on a closer look at six buildings for which utility data were available, two primary areas of concern emerged: the energy savings estimates and the costs of the recommended measures. Audit results were found to be highly variable even across very similar buildings. (PDF)
Procedures

ASHRAE: Procedures For Commercial Building Energy Audits
ASHRAE publication Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits includes time-saving tips for energy auditors, how to hire an auditor, what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report and how to build a successful energy efficiency retrofit team. $99 USD

Energy Vanguard: Google SketchUp For Home Energy Measurements
Energy Vanguard describes how to use Google SketchUp to get the wall area or the volume of a multi-pitched roof for home energy ratings without the need to calculate a single algebraic formula.

Energy Vanguard: How To Choose A Company To Do A Home Energy Audit
Energy Vanguard describes things to consider when choosing a company to do a home energy audit.

Fine Homebuilding: Online Video On What To Do After Home Energy Audit
Fine Homebuilding online video shows a homeowner plan of action after having an energy audit, including what to do first, what each improvement will cost, how soon each step will recoup the initial investment, and how to recover money from local incentives.

GBA: Essential Energy Audit Equipment
Green Building Advisor describes the contents of an auditing tool belt and splits the list by must-have or merely useful.

LBNL: Behavioral Perspectives On Home Energy Audits
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision-Making, focuses on the perspective of homeowner decision-making in response to home energy audits, combined with attention to the quality of the recommendations that homeowners receive, as well as the perspectives of some key industry actors on auditing and home energy labels. (PDF)
Product Supply

academia.edu: Smartphone Technology For Energy Audits
Queens University and Universite Laval paper Application Of Smartphone Technology To Economic & Environmental Analysis Of Building Energy Conservation Strategies investigates the use of smartphone technology as a tool to implement building energy audit programmes to increase energy conservation measure uptake and concomitant environmental and economic benefits.

City Green: Certified Energy Advisors For BC Homes
City Green has Certified Energy Advisors who are trained to use diagnostic testing and software to assess the energy performance of private homes across B.C.

NRCan: Search For EnerGuide Rating Providers In Canada
Natural Resources Canada online search tool allows you to find EnerGuide Rating Providers in cities and regions throughout Canada.

US DOE: Home Energy Checklist
US Department of Energy offers this free Home Energy Checklist that you can print off and use as you walk around a house to perform your own energy audit.
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