partnerships

The Building Performance Center maintains mutually beneficial business and professional relationships with a variety of organizations.

Affiliations

BPI

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is internationally recognized for developing home performance and weatherization technical and professional standards. BPI certification is Washington State’s standard for energy auditors working in the network of community action organizations assisting low-income individuals and families. website

Collaborations

Alaska Works Partnership

The Building Performance Center works  with AWP to provide onsite weatherization training in Alaska. website

 

BPA

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a long-term electrical utility in the Pacific Northwest, partners with the BPC and OC for weatherization and energy assistance for low-income households. website

 

CAC Lewis, Mason, & Thurston Counties

The Community Action Council (CAC) of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties is one of three Washington State weatherization and energy-related training centers, and provides vital services to residents. BPC training often occurs at CAC’s offices in Lacey, WA. website

 

CNG

Cascade Natural Gas (CNG) is a Washington and Oregon natural gas provider. CNG supports the BPC and OC’s weatherization efforts for low-income households using natural gas. website

Earth Advantage Institute

Earth Advantage is an Oregon non-profit organization that promotes sustainable building practices. The Community Energy Challenge uses software developed and supported by Earth Advantage (Energy Performance Score) to estimate energy saving opportunities for buildings that CEC auditors evaluate. website

Northwest Clean Air Agency

The Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA) is a regional air quality control agency in Washington State. It enforces federal, state and local air pollution regulations in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties. The BPC collaborates with NWCAA on air quality research, education, and improvement initiatives. website

PSE

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has provided electric and gas in Washington State for over 100 years. PSE partners with the BPC and OC for weatherization and energy assistance for low-income households. website

SNAP

Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) is one of three Washington State weatherization and energy-related training centers, and provides vital services to residents. BPC training often occurs at SNAP’s offices in Spokane, WA. website

The Energy Project

The Energy Project strives to protect and enhance the energy efficiency, home energy bill assistance, consumer protection, and clean renewable energy sources for low-income households in Washington State.  BPC supports and sponsors the Energy Project and its director, Chuck Eberdt.

Washington State Department of Commerce

The Washington State Department of Commerce (DOC) oversees and regulates the weatherization, repair and energy assistance programs for low-income households in Washington State. The BPC has a lead role in providing weatherization training to Community Action Programs and local agencies. website

Memberships

BIAWC

The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County (BIAWC) is a private, non-profit organization for builders, remodelers and home construction-related businesses. The BPC and the BIAWC are developing training to benefit local builders. website

 

Community Energy Challenge

The Community Energy Challenge (CEC), a branch of the BPC, offers energy assessment, links to qualified contractors, help with tax incentives and rebates, and special financing options to home and business owners interested in reducing energy use. website

Energy OutWest

Energy OutWest (EOW), an independent organization, works to advance the science in weatherization technology. EOW hosts a weatherization conference every other year and is a very active peer exchange with representatives from seven western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington), the Navajo Nation, and the Intertribal Council of Arizona. website

Home Performance Washington

Home Performance Washington’s membership is comprised of residential energy professionals and service providers, conservation programs, educational institutions and other stakeholders who seek to counteract climate change and foster economic development in Washington State. website

NASCSP

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) seeks to prevent and reduce poverty, and empower low-income families to reach self-sufficiency. Members administer federal grants and weatherization programs. website

National Save Energy Coalition

The National Save Energy Coalition is comprised of a large, diverse group of organizations “committed to federal public policy that promotes clean, sustainable, efficient energy”. website

The Opportunity Council

The BPC is a division of the Opportunity Council (OC), a community action agency serving low-income individuals and families in Whatcom, San Juan and Island Counties in Washington. The OC has a long history of providing weatherization services, and is the source of much of the BPC’s experience and expertise. website

WSCAP

The Washington State Community Action Partnership (WSCAP) consists of 26 non-profits and four local government agencies, promoting healthy communities and the elimination of poverty. website