The Skinny

Let's be real here.  I'm "certified."  Lots of people are certified.  So what?  Who certifies them?

I let some old certifications go because back in the day, for much of my career doing this work, a certain kind of "certification" was required.  Then I moved to Hawai'i and the Building Performance Institute, who used to manage my certifications, has no presence here.  When I moved to the islands, in 2017, there were three BPI-certified practitioners here.  Now there are none.

I was the last one in Hawai'i to let my certifications go.  There was no point in continuing to pay BPI, for no benefit, because that would increase my costs.  When my costs go up, your costs go up when you hire me.  There's already enough of a Paradise Tax, living here, without having to add a Mainland Tax on top of that.

You're probably here because you're shopping for someone.  You need an energy audit, or some insulation, or an air conditioner, or your electricity bill is high, or you have questions, or you're sneezing a lot and don't know why, and you don't know who to call.

Well, you found me.  I traded my BPI certifications for a contractor's license.  The DCCA is a great place to check on the people you hire.

I'm also a Clean Energy Ally registered with Hawai'i Energy.

Does your contractor have what you need?

Here's a dirty secret: if you call a company, any company, you might get the new hire.  Or the salesman.  You deserve better.

With Terrawatt, you get me.  You get my degree in physics, my decades of experience, my four expired BPI certifications, and my contractor's license.  That might not mean a lot to you.  But it means something to me.

The skinny: The Building Performance Institute is the nation's leading building science accreditation organization. The "house as a system" philosophy looks at a building's various components (building envelope, attic, basement, combustion equipment, ventilation sources) and the relationship between them to make your house more well-behaved. This approach leads to greater energy efficiency and to buildings that simply work better. A home that has been analyzed and upgraded from a whole-house standpoint is healthier, more comfortable, and more energy efficient. I still follow these principles.

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Chad, Hawaiian Paradise Park

The great room in the middle of our house has an 18-foot open-beam ceiling that has always collected more heat than expected, despite the excellent ventilation the room receives.