about the Building Performance Center
The BPC was founded in 1997 by the Opportunity Council (OC), a non-profit community action agency serving Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties in Washington State. The OC has been a leader in weatherization services for low-income residential housing since 1982.
- The BPC’s purpose is improving the performance of buildings and the health, safety and comfort of the people who live in them
- We help reduce energy use and expenses through weatherization
- We find issues of lead, asbestos, mold and poor ventilation in homes where children with respiratory ailments live and prescribe remedies.
- We are committed to serving our community through the Opportunity Council; profits earned by the BPC are returned to the OC to further their work among individuals and families in need
- In all of our work, we stress quality work while maximizing energy efficiency
With the OC, the BPC has been instrumental in integrating healthy homes work practices and principals into low-income weatherization programs.
- We train weatherization contractors to improve building comfort, safety and durability and to improve indoor air quality
- Our students come from a broad network of community action organizations, and from forward-thinking commercial contractors who provide outstanding building performance services to their clients
- We also train managers and administrators of weatherization and healthy homes programs, and of training programs like ours
how the BPC is different
- The BPC is the lead training organization for Washington State’s Weatherization program
- We developed the program that we teach
- Our trainers actually do this work in the field, and continually update their skills
- We offer real-world scenarios in our hands-on lab, built solely to train weatherization professionals
- Our quality, training and expertise in improving building performance is second to none
- We are recognized industry leaders
- Our training facility is state-of-the-art, and is surrounded by mountains, forests, endless trails and a pristine bay
1997 – Building Performance Center founded as new part of the Opportunity Council (OC), which has provided weatherization services since 1979.
1999 – Awarded the first of our ongoing multi-year contracts with Washington State to provide training services to 20+ community action weatherization programs.
2001 – 2003 – With funding from EPA and HUD, developed “Weatherization Plus Health” model, which the OC uses to address health issues in homes where children with respiratory ailments reside.
2003 – Affiliation with the Building Performance Institute (BPI) marks our initial standing to provide BPI certifications testing.
2009 – Qualified by the EPA to conduct Lead Renovator training.
Awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding by Washington State Dept. of Commerce (WADOC) to create a state-of-the-art training facility. Our new facility is one of three training centers in the state. The others are in Olympia and Spokane.
2011 – The BPC trained over 500 weatherization contractors in 2011. One of our instructors became a certified OSHA 500 Trainer, qualified to teach OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 courses.
2013 – BPC became an IREC-Accredited Training Provider for Crew Leader and Quality Control Inspector.