HOME ENERGY RATING SYSTEM

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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. Southface has trained 1,400 HERS students since the first class in 1999. For specific class information, please see the following documents:

HERS Information
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
  • Course CD with additional support materials
  • RESNET National Certification written/electronic exam (including RESNET exam fees)
  • 60-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 - As of 2014, RESNET now requires all newly trained HERS raters to successfully pass the original 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 - 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 HERS 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. The exams will both be offered in the afternoon of the second day and exam fees are included in the cost of the workshop.

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

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

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.