All Posted on May, 2015

RESNET Courses for Code Officials and Architects

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

RESNET®  Courses Now for Code Officials & Architects 

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Steve Byers, CEO of EnergyLogic and the EnergyLogic Academy

EnergyLogic Academy is now offering two new courses designed to educate residential home professionals the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS). The course will teach the workings of the Home Energy Rating Industry to ‘non-Raters’ who work with Raters in New Residential Building.  We are proud to introduce the RESNET HERS Advisor and HERS Designer courses. Steve Byers, CEO of EnergyLogic, explains the purpose, the point, and the benefit of the classes.


Q. What triggered the need for these classes, what do they accomplish?”

A. Over the years we’ve had professionals such as Architects, Engineers, Builders, Real Estate Agents and more recently, Code Officials take the full Rater Training to learn about RESNET and how HERS Raters work. It was time to offer something to them that was geared toward what they were looking for, and priced accordingly.”

Q. Why not take the full rater training? Wouldn’t that be more comprehensive?

A.  Well… for a person who wants to work in the field doing ratings, sure. But for a Code Official or an Architect, why spend that kind of time and money? In the past, they were compelled to take HERS Rater training in order to access the knowledge base and/or the software.  It is an exercise in frustration for these individuals as they know they are taking training that isn’t going to meet their ultimate objective. Now we offer an educational path that makes sense for their industry.  These courses address the true needs of those professionals, and we are a reliable and experienced source to offer that training.

 

Matt Thornberry, Director of EnergyLogic Academy

Matt Thornberry, Director of EnergyLogic Academy

For an in-depth look at the two courses, I interviewed Matt Thornberry,  Training & Education Manager for the EnergyLogic Academy, who is working with RESNET to develop these new designations, RESNET HERS Advisor and RESNET HERS Designer. Matt is also the author of the courses and oversees the students.

Q.  Who is a ‘HERS Advisor?’

A.  The HERS Advisor is a professional connected to the new residential building industry who understands and can advise others on RESNET’s HERS. HERS Raters are playing a larger role in the residential construction industry and are verifying compliance for the International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC). As the Rater’s role in the residential construction industry grows, so does the need for a wider understanding of their qualifications, process, inspections, computer modeling, and tools. A HERS Advisor holds that understanding and can apply it to their part of the home building process when needed.

Q.  Who is a HERS Designer?

A.  A HERS Designer has gone one step beyond the HERS Advisor training by learning the process of performing a from-plans rating just as HERS Raters do before a home is ever constructed to help guide decisions about designing the home. They have been trained on a step-by-step creation of a from-plans rating using REM/Rate.

Q.  Are these RESNET approved courses?

A.  RESNET is actively considering creating a “designation” for the HERS Advisor and Designer courses and ultimately, “certification” for the HERS Designer path.

Q. Do these courses offer CEU’s or designations from any governing body?

A. At this time, HERS Advisor has been approved for .50 continuing education units from ICC. HERS Designer has been submitted for approval recently. We’re exploring offering other professional development credits from AIA and other organizations as well. Currently there is no designation; however EnergyLogic is working to get both pathways recognized by RESNET as an official designation.

If you’re interested in learning more about EnergyLogic Academy’s RESNET HERS Advisor or Designer courses, you can visit them at the EnergyLogic Academy’s RESNET Pro page.

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Dianna Heustis
EnergyLogic, Inc.

Eye’s In the Sky with Remote Video QA

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Happy little pilot flying in retro jet fighter.Eye’s In the Sky with Remote Video QA

Access to homes for on-site QA is challenging, costly, and difficult to schedule with low volume raters. EnergyLogic is piloting a quality assurance program using video conferencing. No, no, no, we don’t get to use the quad-copter mini camera drone I got for Christmas last year, darn it…

Limited accessibility requires careful planning and often means there is less room for random selection and “credible discovery” in the QA process. Compounding the issue of accessibility is that low volume raters often don’t have a provider in their area.  In this case, the provider often times has to schedule QA with the rater weeks in advance in order to accommodate travel schedules and access to a home.

While EnergyLogic still performs site QA to meet our RESNET obligation for every rater, we are piloting a quality assurance program using video conferencing. This pilot goes beyond the RESNET minimums and annual on-site QA. It does not replace those requirements. However, we would like to see if random video conferencing of a rater on-site would help strengthen our quality assurance program. We hope it will strengthen the argument that in some circumstances, remote video conferencing may actually be more in-line with RESNET’s intent of random QA selection.

So what’s next? Well, we need a few candidates to help try this out.  Are you interested?  

Here’s what we’re looking for.

Pilot Candidates & QA Delegates

Ideally we are looking for a handful of folks in each of the categories below.  All candidates in this initial phase must have 4G cell coverage in their area and access to a smart phone and/or tablet.  However if you fit into either of the circumstances below and are willing to rent a satellite internet setup, we are willing to consider this as an alternative.

  • Mid to high volume (100 + ratings/year ) with blind QA where the rater is willing to redo a rating that was already submitted
  • Low to mid volume (1 to 100 ratings/year) with a friendly competitor in the area who can qualify as a QAD delegate (active with over 25 ratings experience)
  • The delegate could do the site QA and we would use live video conferencing to guide the delegate
  • Low volume (less than 25 ratings) with no delegate candidates in their area

In cases where a QA delegate is on site for the event, EnergyLogic may consider using the delegate’s visit as meeting the annual site QA requirements and will determine this on a case by case basis.  If you meet any of the criteria above and are interesting in volunteering in this pilot, please email ratersupport@nrglogic.com

Help us Create Change and Stay Ahead of the Curve

Sometimes you have to experiment and learn from experience before an idea has earned credibility.  Remote video QA is one of those ideas that has been thrown around, but never earned credibility to be implemented in the RESNET Standard.  Experiences from this pilot will be presented to RESNET Staff and committee members to help earn this credibility.

Contact ratersupport@nrglogic.com for more info, or call Glenn Pease directly at 970-980-5919.