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The HERS Associate Module 2: Cracking the Building Energy Code

June 11, 2020

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Join us for this 5-module online course, via Zoom, Thursdays at 3:00pm EST, beginning June 4th through July 2nd. Participate in all 5 modules, take and pass the test at the end, and earn the HERS Associate Designation!

Examine the energy code from a historical perspective and grasp the scope, basic structure and content of the latest energy codes. Appreciate the focus on details of the building thermal envelope as well as how code impacts the mechanical and hot water systems. Learn about prescriptive code starting points and also which items are mandatory requirements that must be satisfied. Finally, understand the four options for showing compliance with the insulation and window thermal requirements:

  • Understand prescriptive charts – the “recipe” to follow
  • Learn about UA Tradeoff – a simple insulation trade-off approach (by hand or with free RESCheck software)
  • Observe and learn about Simulated Performance Alternative – a full-on computer simulation that looks at energy costs but still only permits insulation trading
  • Comprehend the Energy Rating Index (ERI) – the newest computer simulation path that looks at all energy used in the home (and credits better HVAC equipment and appliances)


Mike Barcik
Technical Principal