What is a Building Analyst?
Building analysts, also known as residential energy auditors, conduct home inspections aimed at helping homeowners lower their utility bills through reduced energy usage. These analysts assess energy efficiency throughout the whole home, looking for issues like leaks in HVAC ducts and/or the home's overall thermal envelope, as well as inefficiencies related to appliances, electronics, insulation, lighting and windows.
Based on their findings, building analysts prepare reports that show homeowners how they can improve their home's energy efficiency, including recommended upgrades. They also might help homeowners determine their eligibility for assistance programs related to making their homes more energy efficient. Additionally, building analysts typically install energy-efficient products, like LED light bulbs, programmable thermostats and low-flow showerheads, and educate homeowners about other energy-saving measures.
|Educational Requirements||High school diploma; some employers prefer a bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Verbal and written communication skills, ability to use relevant equipment and software|
|Median Salary (2018)*||$42,944 (for energy auditors)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||8.8% (for business operations specialists, all other)|
Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A high school diploma paired with relevant experience might be enough to land a position as a building analyst, however, some employers prefer job candidates who have a bachelor's degree in construction management, civil or mechanical engineering, engineering technology or a related field.
Additionally, some employers give preference to candidates who hold at least one industry certification, like the Building Performance Institute's Building Analyst or Multifamily Building Analyst certifications. Candidates for these credentials must pass online and hand-on exams.
Building analysts need excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively and efficiently communicate with homeowners about the services they're performing and the results of their assessments. They also must be able to use various measurement tools, including thermometers and utility, watt and volt meters for conducting assessments, as well as energy modeling software for preparing energy audits.
Career Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't have career outlook figures specific to building analysts; however, they can be considered in the larger occupational category of 'business operations specialists, all other.' The BLS projected that this group would see an 8.8% increase in job opportunities between 2016 and 2026, which was average growth compared to other occupations.
PayScale.com reported that energy auditors made a median annual salary of $42,944 as of June 2018.
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