Join Southface Institute for a live, instructor-led online training this fall to maintain or expand your ENERGY STAR service offerings and expertise. Over the course of three four-hour sessions, you’ll learn how to identify and quantify building components and systems for ENERGY STAR certification and prepare for the EPA exam.
Southface’s training offers real-time engagement with expert trainer Mike Barcik and industry peers. This format has proven to be effective — 100% of those who have taken this version of the course with Southface have passed the test.
Have you heard? The EPA recently instituted new guidelines requiring ALL raters working on an ENERGY STAR project — not just one per company — to successfully complete ENERGY STAR training and pass their exam in order to complete the third-party verification required for a home to receive ENERGY STAR certification. This requirement applies to Home Energy Raters and Rating Field Inspectors alike and must be completed by January 1, 2022, to offer this service moving forward.
Join Mike Barcik and Nathan Bessette for a quick video interview diving into the benefits and new guidelines of ENERGY STAR training — transcript available here.
Mike Barcik is a Technical Principal at Southface and has been with the organization since 1995. With B.S and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Mike is the author of numerous technical resources and has developed and led thousands of trainings for RESNET, BPI, LEED, DOE, EPA and other programs. He’s active in energy code development and often leads workshops on the latest code changes. Since 1999, Mike has trained over 1,500 individuals in RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program, and in 2010 he helped create the Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier program to certify over a thousand individuals for blower door and duct leakage testing, as required by the 2009 and later energy codes. Mike served as LEED Faculty for BD+C, EB O&M and Homes, as well as helped develop and teach the EarthCraft family of sustainable programs. Mike co-authored Decatur Georgia’s High Performance Building Ordinance which requires third-party certification for new and substantially renovated single-family, multi-family and commercial projects.
As a Senior Project Manager on the Technical Services team, Nathan oversees Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH), Southface’s RESNET-accredited HERS QA providership. Nathan is a Certified Innovator, DET Verifier and ENERGY STAR certified in homes and Multifamily New Construction. In addition to overall program management and field support, Nathan assists SERH’s HERS raters in growing their organizations through new product/service development, marketing and communications. Nathan also applies his Mechanical Engineering and MBA degrees to support Southface on a multitude of strategy and innovation initiatives.