The Building Performance Institute (BPI) 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 interrelationship between them to maximize a home’s performance. This approach leads to greater energy efficiency, and perhaps more importantly, to buildings that simply work better. A home that has been analyzed and upgraded from a whole-house standpoint is healthier as well as more durable, comfortable, and energy efficient. For more information about BPI’s standards, take a look at their Technical Standards for Building Analysts (PDF).
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the premier accreditation organization for home energy raters and home energy auditors in the country. With an emphasis on new construction, RESNET certified HERS raters (HERS is short for Home Energy Rating System) investigate each element of a home that may contribute to energy waste or energy inefficiencies. Raters then analyze each of these components, as well as their relationship to one another, to assign the home a score from 1-100 on the HERS Index. (100 is bad, 0 is good.) HERS ratings are a mandatory part of the certification process for many green building certifications, including Energy Star and LEED.
The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is the leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to driving public policy and market development that creates clean energy jobs, economic opportunities, and affordable energy to benefit all of North Carolina. NCSEA’s team of clean energy advisers, analysts, and advocates work closely with policymakers, consumers, and industry leaders to research, inspire, and affect clean energy progress statewide.
The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) is North America’s oldest and most prestigious certifying body dedicated to indoor air quality. The ACAC is the only certifying body in the IAQ field to achieve independent third-party accreditation from both the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). These certifications are obtained through tests and field time, and are maintained through continuing education. We currently have employees carrying the Residential Indoor Environmentalist certification, the Microbial Investigator certification, the Structural Mold Investigator certification, and the Indoor Environmental Consultant certification.
The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of consumers and the public. The IAQA is committed to providing the most current information to all members throughout the many disciplines that make up the indoor air quality industry. They do this through a constantly evolving variety of communication platforms, as well as by providing opportunities for members and the community to share knowledge of IAQ issues, and by partnering with other industry organizations to raise the profile of IAQ issues and the IAQA.
Home Innovation Research Labs is a full-service market research, consulting, product testing, and accredited third-party certification agency dedicated solely to issues related to the home building industry. All accredited NGBS Green Verifiers have been trained to complete multifamily verifications to the National Green Building Standard.
Environmental Solutions Group has fulfilled the requirements of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TCSA) Section 402, and has received certification to conduct lead-based paint activities pursuant to 40 CFR Part 745.226.
ESG has been issued a Lead Firm Certification through the Health Hazards Control Unit Lead-Based Paint Hazard Management Program, making us certified to perform lead-based paint assessments per NC State regulations.