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Building Science Institute, Ltd. Co. Policy 01-2021 Quality Council

This policy applies to the Building Science Institute, Ltd. Co. and the Building Science Institute's Quality Council.

Referenced Documents

Building Science Institute Policy 05-2021 Conflicts of Interest
Building Science Institute Policy 06-2021 Impartiality & Objectivity
Building Science Institute Policy 09-2021 General Requirements for Verification Organizations


Quality Council Membership

The Quality Council consists of representatives for:

  1. Software
  2. Quality management
  3. Rater
  4. Building science
  5. the Building Science Institute (non-voting chair)

The Quality Council members are appointed by the Building Science Institute, Ltd. Co. General Manager. A member may be removed by a super-majority (60% or greater) vote of Quality Council members. Cause for removal includes, but is not limited to, failure to perform responsibilities granted under the Charter. If a Quality Council member is proven, by objective evidence, to have violated Building Science Institute Policy 05-2021 Conflicts of Interest after review of the evidence and recommendation by the Building Science Institute's independent legal counsel, the Chair may remove the member.


Quality Council Intent

In order to produce greater consistency in training, dramatic reductions in inadvertent operator errors, greater confidence that certified homes actually earned the certification, more transparency throughout the residential energy efficiency verification system, greater consistency in Energy Rating Index outputs, and more collaboration on Quality Management with stakeholders, the Building Science Institute has created this Quality Management system of policies, processes, and procedures.

The primary intent of the Quality Council is to provide oversight of the Building Science Institute’s ENERGY STAR® Home Certification Organization program and to ensure the Building Science Institute does not act with fear or favor when certification decisions are made.

The secondary intent of the Quality Council is improve the quality of the Building Science Institute's Quality Management system. The Quality Council selects projects for improvement, reviews improvement progress, recognizes improvement teams, uses the results to spread the word on the power of the efforts, revises the reward system to enforce the rate of improvement, and maintains quality improvement momentum through Standardize-Do-Check-Act and Plan-Do-Check-Act cycles.

All certification decisions for the Building Science Institute’s ENERGY STAR®Home Certification Organization program must be independent from the influence of builders, developers, and other entities involved in the design and construction of residential buildings proposed for certification.

All certification decisions are based on the activities of verification organizations approved and authorized by the Building Science Institute.

All ENERGY STAR certifications are subject to the ENERGY STAR® Certification Protocol and the requirements of the policies and processes of the Building Science Institute.


The Quality Council Charter

The Quality Council must act collaboratively with the US EPA ENERGY STAR® New Homes team, Building Science Institute, Building Science Institute Quality Council members, and Building Science Institute clients to maintain the integrity of the ENERGY STAR New Homes certification program and the Building Science Institute’s residential energy efficiency Quality Management program’s policies, processes, and procedures

The Quality Council members have the responsibility to safeguard the impartiality and integrity of the Building Science Institute’s ENERGY STAR® Home Certification Organization program in conformance with Building Science Institute Policies 05-2021 Conflicts of Interest, 06-2021 Impartiality & Objectivity, and 09-2021 General Requirements for Verification Organizations.

Quality Council members have the authority to review and approve the Building Science Institute policies, processes, procedures, and actions related to the ENERGY STAR® Home Certification Organization program operated by the Building Science Institute.

Quality Council members must receive all information from the Building Science Institute necessary to fulfill these functions.

Quality Council members have the responsibility to independently inform the US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® New Homes team if the Building Science Institute fails to implement Quality Council recommendations governed by this Charter or if the Building Science Institute violates the policies, processes, or procedures related to the ENERGY STAR® Home Certification Organization program operated by the Building Science Institute.

Approved by the Building Science Institute, Ltd. ​Co. Quality Council on December 17, 2021
Approve: Kevin Burk, Amber Wood, Brian Christensen
Reject: None
Not voting: Mat Gates, Brett Dillon (Chair)

Copyright © 2021 by Building Science Institute, Ltd. Co.


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