HERS® Designer

The RESNET HERS rating system has been used to verify the energy performance of over 1 million new homes.  Learn the theory and science behind a HERS rating and how a HERS Rater looks at the home, evaluates its design and construction without taking the full HERS Rater training. Experience a complete from-plans rating directly using the industry’s most used computer modeling software, REM/Rate.

Instructor: Scott Doyle

Online | Self Paced | 6-8 hours


Program Overview

The HERS Rater uses a set of guiding principles, computer modeling, diagnostic testing, and inspections to create a HERS index for a home. The HERS index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy- efficiency is measured. The HERS Index and HERS Rater inspections are being used by an increasing number of builders to verify for green building programs such as ENERGY STAR and code compliance under the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

As a designer this course will arm you with the tools to help your builder clients achieve their stated goals. It will align your services with the builders HERS Rater and create a more cohesive team better suited to meet your builder client’s needs. Most importantly, it will give you thorough demonstration of how a HERS Rater evaluates a set of plans. In this course we’ll complete a from-plans rating using the industry’s most used computer modeling software REM/Rate.

HERS Designer Course Outline

The course includes 7 modules.

  • Module 1 – Introduction & RESNET
  • Module 2 – Building Science Basics
  • Module 3 – HERS Rater Inspection
  • Module 4 – 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • Module 5 – Introduction to Energy Modeling
  • Module 6 – Complete a From-Plans Rating
  • Module 7 – Final Exam & Certificate of Completion


Credits & Attendance

Upon successful completion of this course you will be issued a certificate of completion.
EnergyLogic is actively pursuing continuing education credits for this course. If you are looking for a specific area of continuing education please let us know by clicking on the “Questions? Ask Matt” button on the right hand side of this page.

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Who Should

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for residential construction professionals that want to learn more about the role of HERS Raters in the residential construction industry.

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Builders
  • Trade Sub-contractors
  • Estimators
  • Code Officials
  • Consultancy
  • Advocacy Groups



Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the roles of RESNET.
  • Know the structure of the HERS Industry.
  • Explain the roles of HERS Raters.
  • Compare and contrast the roles of the building official with the HERS Rater.
  • Distinguish between RESNET, HERS Providers, and HERS Raters.
  • Explain the methodology of calculating the HERS Index.
  • Distinguish between different types of HERS Ratings.
  • Distinguish the difference between energy code compliance pathways.
  • Explain the role of Quality Assurance in the RESNET HERS Industry.
  • Relate the principles of building science to codes and HERS.
  • Recognize the purpose of energy modeling software for code compliance.
  • Describe the inputs used to generate an energy model.
  • Describe additional compliance checks performed by energy modeling software.
  • Evaluate a set of residential construction plans using energy modeling software to generate a Home Energy Rating Certificate.
  • Propose a set of specifications in the energy modeling software to achieve program compliance.



Required Materials

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



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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.