New workshop/training on the new BPI 1200 standard

The BPI 1200 Standard-Stepping up to the new standard

A lot has changed since BPI published a field guide for weatherization technicians in 1998. All of BPI’s standards have evolved to be internationally recognized and BPI has evolved into an ANSI development Organization, overseeing a formal consensus based standards process.

The current 1200 standard is essentially a “how to guide” for completing all inspections and diagnostic testing to analyze residential homes.

This workshop focuses in detail on comparing to older publications, new testing procedures and required equipment for testing. All participants will receive a voucher toward a digital readout combustible gas leak detector and free shipping.


Topics covered will include:

– General Requirements for the BPI 1200 standard
– Health and Safety Related Requirements
– Prioritizing Recommendations
– Combustion Appliance and Fuel Distribution System Inspection (the new gas leak detection equipment- process)
– Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation and the new ASHRAE 62.2 standard now being used.
– Building Enclosure Performance
– Heating and Cooling (HVAC) and Domestic Water Heating Performance and Efficiency (new combustion safety testing)
– Baseload Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

The flyer for the training is posted at the BPTC homepage.



Section 45L & 179D Tax Benefits Extended for Energy Efficient Buildings

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (the Act). The Act extends a number of tax provisions that expired on December 31, 2014 and makes some of the extensions permanent.

Among the tax provisions that have been extended for two years, and made retroactive to 1/1/15, are the Energy Efficient New Home Tax Credit (Section 45L) and the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (Section 179D).

The 45L federal tax credit provides a $2,000 tax credit to builders for selling high energy performing homes. The credit expired on December 31, 2014.

As part of an omnibus tax incentive and spending bill, Congress has extended the new energy efficient credit for 2015 and 2016.

The existing homes credit (25C) is extended for the same period.

Buildings placed in service prior to 2015 are still eligible for energy efficient tax benefit. The new extenders now make buildings placed in service in 2015 and 2016 eligible for the tax benefits.