HOME ENERGY RATING SYSTEM

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Oversight of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) industry is managed by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) www.resnet.us. Southface has been a leader in the HERS industry since the late 1990's, beginning as a Rating Training Provider and has taught over 1,400 individuals. Years of training experience paired with high standards of multiple, personable and highly-skilled instructors have led to high success rates. Southface training fosters a creative, effective learning environment through a combination of classroom learning interspersed with hands-on training tools and software exercises. Southface Energy Rated Homes is a HERS Rating Provider and welcomes questions about opportunities in this vibrant industry. 

Available Trainings:

 

 


 

Home Energy Rating System (HERS) - Core Training

Taking this course is the first step toward becoming a Certified Home Energy Rater authorized to administer the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). As a Certified Home Energy Rater, you will be able to produce energy rating reports that will help home buyers and homeowners qualify for financing incentives through a variety of private and government loan programs.

By applying a building science based knowledge with industry approved energy modeling software and enhanced diagnostic tools, HERS Rater is one of the highest residential energy credentials that can be earned by an individual. Home Energy Ratings can be performed on both new and existing homes and are utilized by numerous energy and green building certification programs including ENERGY STAR, EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes, and National Green Building Standard as well as many utility rebate programs and energy code compliance efforts.

This course complies with the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating System Accreditation Standard, which has been adopted by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of State Energy Officials. For specific class information, please see the following documents:

HERS Agenda
HERS FAQs


Number of Attendees:

Class size is limited to 16 participants

Class Dates and Times:

For specific class dates and links to registration information, please go to the Southface calendar.

HERS class hours are as follows:

  • Monday, 8:00am to 6:00pm (Registration begins at 7:30am)
  • Tuesday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, 8:00am to 6:00pm (3:00pm to 6:00pm are in the field)
  • Thursday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday, 7:15am to 12:30pm

Southface Core HERS Training Includes:

 

  • A copy of Residential Energy by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi
  • A 700-page HERS Rater Manual - with copies of all slides used during the training
  • Two provisional ratings - included as part of the training with software feedback
  • Forty hours of classroom training in a green training facility with natural daylighting
  • Two site visits to existing homes for inspection and testing training
  • Hands on blower door and duct leakage testing - plus oral exam on proper usage
  • Electronic course content with additional support materials including SERH Field Takeoff Form
  • RESNET National Certification written/electronic exam (course includes RESNET exam fee)
  • 90-day trial version of REM/Rate™ software
  • Information on the latest energy finance and incentive programs that use HERS raters
  • Healthy lunches and afternoon snacks
  • Certificate of course completion
  • Southface post-course follow-up and technical assistance

 

Student Requirements:

No previous training or skills are required to attend the Home Energy Rating System training. However, a background in residential design, construction, inspection, HVAC or insulation/weatherization is useful. In addition,

 

  • Students are expected to become familiar with basic construction terminology and with blower door and duct leakage testing equipment operation (taught as part of class).
  • Students are expected to read Residential Energy by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi, and complete homework on basic geometry skills before attending this class.
  • For the written/electronic exam, students must have a laptop computer with a Microsoft Windows® operating system and Internet access capability. 
  • Passing the core HERS class entails successfully completing the RESNET exam (50 questions, 2 hours, 80% or higher), successfully submitting two software files of actual rated homes, and passing the oral/field exam on using the blower door and duct testing equipment.
  • As of January 1, 2014, in addition to passing the HERS core class, new raters must also successfully complete the HERS Combustion Safety and Work Scope module

 

 


 

HERS Combustion Safety and Work Scope Module

New HERS Rater students and HERS Rating Field Inspector (RFI) students - As of 2014, RESNET now requires all newly trained HERS Raters and RFI’s to successfully pass the appropriate 50-question core multiple-choice test plus a practical online Combustion Safety simulation (using RES-CAZ) and a 25-question Work Scope test.

Existing HERS Raters and HERS Rating Field Inspectors (RFI) - are now REQUIRED (by the end of 2014) to successfully complete the Combustion Safety simulation (using RES-CAZ) and the 25-question Work Scope exam as outlined in the latest RESNET standard.

This 2-day course is held at the state of the art Southface Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center featuring multiple real combustion appliance and house scenarios and actual hands on test equipment as well as the RES-CAZ simulation tool. The course will focus on the Combustion Safety and Work Scope requirements of Chapter 8 of the RESNET Standards. Both exams will be offered in the afternoon of the second day and exam fees are included in the cost of the workshop.

NOTE:  If you are an Existing HERS Rater or HERS RFI who is also a BPI Building Analyst, RESNET has determined that this prior combustion testing experience means you are not required to complete the minimum 2 hours of field testing and may simply opt to take the two proctored exams.  Southface offers Existing HERS Raters and RFI’s with this prior experience the opportunity to attend only Day 2 of the training which includes RESNET CAZ content review, brief field practice, additional instructor-led simulator practice, exam review and both proctored exams.  Note, the Existing Rater/RFI with prior BPI BA certification is responsible for previously learning the RESNET material. Contact courses@southface.org to apply for this deeply discounted option. 

HERS Combustion Safety and Work Scope Agenda

Number of Attendees:

Class size is limited to 20 participants

Class Dates and Times:

For specific class dates and links to registration information, please go to the Southface calendar.

CAZ class hours are as follows:

  • Day 1:  8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Day 2:  8:00am - 5:00pm

Click here for two-day Southface HERS Combustion Safety and Work Scope agenda

Training Includes:

  • RESNET exam fees (Work Scope and Combustion Safety Simulation tests)
  • Access to RES-CAZ Combustion Safety simulation software
  • Interactive hands-on test equipment and actual combustion appliances in our SWEET Center Combustion Lab
  • CAZ Module Handbook
  • Latest RESNET Standard and Appendices
  • 13 RESNET Continuing Education Credits! (4 Credits for one-day option)


Student Requirements:

This course is intended for students who have completed the core HERS training and are on track to begin provisional ratings with a HERS provider. The course is also appropriate for existing HERS raters who must comply with the 2014 requirements Combustion Safety and Work Scope testing requirements. In addition,

  • Students are expected to be familiar with basic construction terminology and with blower door and duct leakage testing equipment operation.
  • Students must have a laptop computer with a Microsoft Windows® operating system and Internet access capability.

 


 

Home Energy Rating System (HERS)- Rating Field Inspector Training

 

Taking this course is the first step toward becoming a Certified HERS Rating Field Inspector (RFI) authorized to administer the field components of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) as developed by RESNET. As a Certified HERS RFI, you will be able to successfully perform the field portions of a certified Home Energy Rating.  Most HERS RFI’s are employed by Certified Home Energy Raters to assist in the field aspects of a rating, which includes performance and diagnostic testing (such as blower door and duct leakage) and visual inspections (such as insulation installation grading).

By applying a building science based knowledge and employing enhanced diagnostic tools, HERS RFI’s assist HERS Raters perform ratings on both new and existing homes.  These ratings are utilized by numerous energy and green building certification programs including ENERGY STAR, EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes, and National Green Building Standard as well as many utility rebate programs and energy code compliance efforts.

This course complies with the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating System Accreditation Standard, which has been adopted by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of State Energy Officials. For specific class information, please see the following documents:

 

 HERS RFI Agenda
 HERS FAQs

Number of Attendees:

Class size is limited to 16 participants

Class Dates and Times:

For specific class dates and links to registration information, please go to the Southface calendar.

The first three days of the HERS RFI class are taught in conjunction with the HERS Course class:

  • Monday, 8:00am to 6:00pm (Registration begins at 7:30am)
  • Tuesday, 8:00am to 6:00pm 
  • Wednesday, 8:00am to 6:00pm (3:00pm to 6:00pm are in the field)
  • Thursday, 8:00am to 10:30am - classroom
    10:30am - 4:00pm - field inspection and testing
    4:00pm - 6:00pm - option to take RESNET exam
  • Firday, 8:00am to 10:00am - RESNET exam (recommended) 

Southface HERS RFI Training Includes:

  • A copy of Residential Energy by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi
  • A 700-page HERS Rater Manual - with copies of all slides used during the training
  • Two supervised field inspections- included as part of the training with feedback
  • Thirty-two hours of classroom training in a green training facility with natural daylighting
  • Hands on blower door and duct leakage testing experience
  • Electronic course content with additional support materials including SERH Field Takeoff Form
  • RESNET National Certification written/electronic exam (includes RESNET exam fee)
  • 90-day trial version of REM/RateTM software
  • Healthy lunches and afternoon snacks
  • Certificate of course completion
  • Southface post-course follow-up and technical assistance

Student Requirements

No previous training or skills are required to attend the Home Energy Rating System training. However, a background in residential design, construction, inspection, HVAC or insulation/weatherization is useful. In addition,

 

  • Students are expected to become familiar with basic construction terminology and with blower door and duct leakage testing equipment operation (taught as part of class).
  • Students are expected to read Residential Energy by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi, and complete homework on basic geometry skills before attending this class.
  • For the written/electronic exam, students must have a laptop computer with a Microsoft Windows® operating system and Internet access capability.
  • Passing the HERS RFI class entails successfully completing the RESNET RFI exam (50 questions, 2 hours, 80% or higher), successfully completing two SERH Field Takeoff Forms of actual homes, and demonstrating competency using the blower door and duct testing equipment.
  • As of January 1, 2014, in addition to passing the HERS core class, new RFI’s must also successfully complete the HERS Combustion Safety and Work Scope module