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City of Charlotte to Provide Tuition Reimbursement for Building Performance Institute Training

Friday, March 30, 2012

Contact: Justine Gazzola
704-315-3259 or jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is a premier certification and accrediting organization and leader in developing national standards for residential energy efficiency retrofitting. Central Piedmont Community College and the City of Charlotte are partnering to provide BPI training to enhance the skill set of contractors in the Charlotte region.
The City of Charlotte will reimburse 75% of the tuition fee for participants who successfully complete the combined Building Analyst and Envelope Professional class and included BPI certification exam. The standard tuition for this combined class is $2,295 and a reduced rate of $1,850 has been established. Successful participants will receive this combined class including exam and BPI certification for only $462.50.
Pre-registration is REQUIRED by MONDAY APRIL 9, 2012. Click to fill out the pre-registration form.

BPI brings together building science experts to develop national energy efficiency retrofitting standards based on professional consensus. Many organizations, including the City of Charlotte, have required contractors to have BPI certification to insure work complies with nationwide technical standards.

Class Description:
*Program includes both BA and EP classes.
  • Building Analyst (BA) – Learn to perform comprehensive home energy assessments, identify problems at the root cause and prescribe and prioritize solutions based on building science.
  • Envelope Professional (EP) – Learn to quantify performance and prescribe improvements to help tighten the building envelope (shell), stop uncontrolled air leakage and optimize comfort, durability and HVAC performance. 

Class Schedule: April 17 - April 21, 2012
*Students must attend all five (5) days and pass the exams to be eligible for reimbursement.

  • Tuesday, April 17 – Classroom Instruction
  • Wednesday, April 18 – ½ Day Classroom & ½ Day Field Training
  • Thursday, April 19 – ½ Day Classroom & ½ Day Field Training
  • Friday, April 20 – Building Analyst (BA)Review & Exam
  • Saturday, April 21 – Envelope Professional (EP) Review & Exam

Eligibility Requirements

  • While no formal experience is required, basic construction knowledge and math skills are recommended.
  • Class is limited to the first 20 students who meet the eligibility criteria; participation is on a first come first serve basis.
  • Applicants must currently live within the City limits of Charlotte or be currently employed by a company with a physical location within Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
  • Applicants or their employers are required to pay the tuition rate in full, upon successful completion of the class AND receipt of a passing grade on the certification exam, students will be reimbursed $1,387.50 (75% of reduced tuition cost).

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Travis Drake at TWDrake@charlottenc.gov, or 704-336-5615.

To learn more about Charlotte’s energy strategy, visit www.Power2Charlotte.com.