ATLANTA, GA—February 17, 2021—Southface Institute announces the launch of Qual-ee, a credential management software for energy raters. This new, cloud-based offering will simplify Home Energy Rating System (HERS) credential management for both the Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) Providership and HERS Raters alike.
Qual-ee was created to fulfill the need HERS Raters in the SERH Providership have to access information about their Home Energy Rater certification in real time. Active HERS Raters are required under the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to work with an accredited provider in order to have access to on-the-job training and quality assurance for their energy ratings. The provider’s responsibility is to maintain the HERS Rater’s credential in good standing with RESNET’s Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards (MINHERS).
Qual-ee streamlines the process for both the HERS Rater and SERH to update and forecast future maintenance tasks for credential requirements like continuing education units (CEUs), equipment calibrations and tri-annual renewal of the HERS credential. Qual-ee will also be accessible to professionals who take the HERS Rater training course at Southface, using the “student view” to access class handouts and subject-specific forums.
“Credentials are the future as society continues to embrace both linear and non-linear learning. However, as we know from the HERS industry, there is still work to do once an initial training is over. With Qual-ee, we empower users and make credential maintenance easy and intuitive. Qual-ee puts users in control of their credential, enabling them to pace completing maintenance requirements on their schedule and to never have to worry about unintentionally letting their credential lapse again,” said Nathan Bessette, Senior Project Manager, Technical Services for Southface Institute.
About Southface Institute
Southface Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is leading the way toward a sustainable, equitable and healthy built environment for all. Since 1978, our programs have closed the gap between environmental awareness and action by promoting scalable resource efficiency and clean energy solutions for homes, workplaces and communities. Our practice of regenerative placemaking amplifies real-world strategies to create a built environment where the synergy between ecological and human needs supports health and well-being while creating resilient, equitable and thriving communities, striving to achieve a low-carbon future.