Building Science Principles

This class is designed for new entrants to the energy efficiency industry, as well as industry support personnel. It is the starting point for the professional certifications, providing an overview of Building Science and energy efficiency, residential construction and mechanical systems. Participants challenge a 100-question online test to earn a Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain a working knowledge of the elements of residential construction
  • Understand the basic science behind energy, heat, air and moisture
  • Review the major opportunities for energy conservation
  • Review the tools and techniques for upgrading homes
  • Understand heating, cooling and hot water systems and their components

Course Style: Online with companion guide and practice exercises.
Duration: 1-day webinar on the GoTo Meeting platform.

Build Green Maine will:

  • Provide each student with a digital version of the BPI BSP Reference Guide.
  • Conduct 8 hours of live webinar covering all material contained in the Guide.
  • Provide a 1-hour “office hours” Q&A follow-up webinar for student support.
  • Provide supplemental materials and review quizzes.
  • Provide each student with a test code for the 100-question certifying exam.

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Lowell, MA

I cannot believe how much I learned. This was worth every penny!


Portland, ME

I’ve been to many workshops and conferences on buildings and energy efficiency, but yours is by far the best I’ve ever attended.


Montclair, NJ

It's easy learning from someone who is passionate about what they're teaching. You made it fun.

Dave C.

Rockland, Maine

I have found the quality of the video very good and the subject matter very interesting and well presented. I really enjoy learning the science behind what I have sort of “known” most of my life. It really all makes a lot of sense and there have already been several “AH HA” moments where I go “I knew that” but at the same time could never explain why to anyone.