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Building Science Institute, Ltd. Co. Policy 03-2021 Scope of Operations

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

The Building Science Institute, Ltd. Co. is a subsidiary limited liability company of The Dillon Group, Inc., a C-Corporation registered in the State of Texas.

The Building Science Institute is composed of branded practices Building Science Education and True North Quality Management Services.

We help inspection and verification companies improve their service delivery to homebuilders through training and quality management. The goals of these services are:

  • Greater consistency in training and credentialing
  • Dramatic reduction in inadvertent operator error
  • More transparency through the entire certification system
  • Greater consistency in Energy Rating Index (ERI) outputs
  • Greater confidence that homes certified as ENERGY STAR® actually earn the certification
  • More collaboration on quality management with stakeholders

The Building Science Institute uses HouseRater™ software for verification organizations to perform energy ratings. HouseRater uses the EnergyPlus calculation engine and the NREL-developed ruleset for calculating Energy Rating Index values. When new software versions are released, the transition period for use by verification organizations must not exceed 60 days.

We credential Verifiers, Software Analysts, Quality Assessment Designees, and Quality Assessors through training provided by the Building Science Institute’s Building Science Education brand. The Building Science Institute is solely responsible for issuing and revoking the credential of Verifiers, Software Analysts, Quality Assessment Designees, and Quality Assessors.

We perform conformity assessments on verification companies to determine conformity with ENERGY STAR New Home Program Requirements through the Building Science Institute’s True North Quality Management Services brand.

We certify homes as an ENERGY STAR home based on verification activities of verifiers and analysts credentialed by the Building Science Institute.

We rescind the certification of homes that are found to be in non-conformance with the ENERGY STAR New Home Program Requirements and Certification Process.

The Building Science Institute is solely responsible for the certification and revocation of certification of ENERGY STAR homes.

The Building Science Institute must provide participating ENERGY STAR builders or developer partners with the ENERGY STAR label and certificate for each certified dwelling unit. This is provided through the HouseRater software tool to the verification organization for distribution.

We enact disciplinary action on credentialed Quality Assessors, Quality Assessment Designees, Verifiers, and Software Analysts who are found to be in non-conformance with the ENERGY STAR Quality Assurance requirements, ENERGY STAR New Home Program Requirements, and the ENERGY STAR Certification Process.

The Building Science Institute must maintain open lines of communication with EPA to address questions and concerns promptly. 

We must provide the EPA with quarterly summary reports of the number of dwelling units certified through the Building Science Institute’s Home Certification program.

We must provide the EPA with aggregate or summary information about the energy efficiency features used in certified homes and apartments upon request by the EPA.

We must participate in meetings upon request by EPA. 

We must work collaboratively with the EPA to facilitate comprehensive and coordinated evaluations and responses to findings from routine conformance assessment activities, certification discrepancies (including those referred to the Building Science Institute by the EPA ENERGY STAR New Homes team), Certification Review requests, and other inquiries from homeowners. 

We must deliver to the EPA an annual report of our internal management review that covers our administration of the ENERGY STAR New Homes certification program including conformity assessment reports, dispute resolutions, all identified conflicts of interest, and all conflict of interest mitigation. This report may be delivered more frequently upon request from the EPA.

The Building Science Institute’s ENERGY STAR Home Certification Organization program leverages the current system in the market to deliver services in all 50 states and territories.

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

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