Introduction to REM Rate™

During this self-paced course you will explore the most widely used software program for home energy ratings in the United States, REM/Rate.  With over 1,000,000 ratings the REM/Rate software is used to calculate the HERS Index, check program compliance for ENERGY STAR, and code compliance with the IECC.

Attention Mac Users

The REM/Rate program in this course will not work on the Mac/Apple operating system. Learn more about computer requirements here.

Instructors: Scott Doyle & Glenn Pease

Online | Self Paced | 2.50-3 hours


Program Overview

REM/Rate is the most widely used software in the home energy rating industry. This course will introduce you to modeling, reference design homes, data entry, and the basics of residential energy modeling. During the second module of the course you can follow along and create a from-plans rating.

Module 1 – Introduction to REM/Rate

  • Intro to REM/Rate
  • REM/Rate Functional Overview
  • Prepare for Class Project
  • Class Project Plans
  • Class Project Specs
  • Class Project Take-off

Module 2 – Modeling with REM/Rate (From-plans Rating)

  • Class Project – Starting Data Entry
  • Above-Grade Walls
  • Framed Floors
  • Rim & Band Joists
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Ceilings
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Water Heating
  • Infiltration
  • Ventilation
  • Ducts

Credits & Attendance

You will meet the listed learning objectives by completing the following activities in this course:

  • Complete each module, and all items within each module
  • Participate in the social interactions in the course
  • Assume a leadership role when necessary; help other students when you have knowledge they don’t
  • Manage your time in the course
    Approach the course with a desire to learn
  • Successfully complete the class project

 Badge Earned


Who Should

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for residential construction professionals that want to learn more about the REM/Rate software used to complete home energy models.

  • New Raters
  • Program Managers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Builders
  • Trade Sub-contractors
  • Estimators
  • Code Officials
  • Consultancy
  • Advocacy Groups


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the compliance checks the REM/Rate is capable of making
  • Discuss the use of REM/Rate for home energy modeling
  • Use the REM/Rate software to complete from-plans analysis


Required Textbook

Students are not required to purchase any textbooks or materials. Any necessary resources will be distributed in the course.


More Info

View the computer requirements for online courses.

By enrolling in our self-paced, open enrollment course, you will have 90 days to complete the training. You can complete the training at your own pace, and you do not need to take the whole enrollment period if it is not needed.