A new initiative will help building pros and homeowners determine the health of new and existing homes.

The Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) will help the home performance, weatherization, and healthy housing industries conduct assessments in homes to determine conditions that may adversely affect occupant health and safety.

“BPI has always focused on health and safety issues such as carbon monoxide and natural gas leaks,” said BPI CEO Larry Zarker, “but, now with the HHE, we are including a deeper look at home issues that could negatively impact the health and safety of America’s families.”

There are millions of homes in the U.S. with lead and other key health and safety hazards that need to be addressed, according to Peter Ashley, director in HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Control. "Development of the HHE certification is a tremendous opportunity for BPI-certified professionals to obtain the additional skills needed to expand our stock of healthy housing," he said in a press release.

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