2014 RESNET Building Performance Pre-Conference Sessions

Two Day

Two-Day Courses Saturday February 22 & Sunday February 23

Combustion Safety & Work Scope for HERS Raters

It’s coming soon… existing raters (even those with BPI credentials) have until the end of 2014 to complete the combustion safety portion of the new HERS standard. Enjoy this class at the state of the art Southface SWEET Center featuring multiple real combustion appliances and test equipment as well as the RES-CAZ simulation tool. Complete this class and you’ll be ahead of the curve!

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:

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.

Cost- $949

Registration- http://www.southface.org/learning-center/calendar/?cat=3


ENERGY STAR Version 3 Certification Course for HERS Raters with half-day Hands-on Training


As of January 1, 2012, all new homes pursuing the ENERGY STAR for Homes qualification are required to meet the ENERGY STAR Version 3 (v3) standard.

As of January 1, 2012, all Home Energy Rater partners are required to take ENERGY STAR for Homes Version 3 training and pass the national ENERGY STAR exam through a RESNET-accredited Training Provider to be eligible to qualify homes under these guidelines. This requirement applies to all existing ENERGY STAR rater partners, as well as any raters who sign onto the program in the future. It also applies to field inspectors who perform inspections and testing associated with ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

Course Content:

Southface’s two-day The ENERGY STAR for Homes v3 training will cover a range of topics that raters and field inspectors will need to know to qualify homes under ENERGY STAR Version 3, including the ENERGY STAR Reference Design Home, Benchmark Home/Size Adjustment Factor, as well as technical details for completing the required ENERGY STAR Inspection Checklists (Thermal Enclosure Rater Checklist, HVAC Quality Installation Contractor and Rater Checklists and Water Management System Builder Checklist). ENERGY STAR Version 3 training will count towards RESNET required Professional Development credit and will conclude with the required ENERGY STAR exam for Raters and Field Inspectors.

This course is eligible for 18 RESNET Professional Development (PD) hours.

Participants will learn:

  • ENERGY STAR V3 prescriptive and performance path program requirements for new homes
  • How to determine the ENERGY STAR HERS Index Target
  • How to effectively provide verification and inspection services for ENERGY STAR V3 projects, and what constitutes success under each program

Number of Class Attendees:

Class size is limited to 20 participants.

Student Requirements:

Participants will be expected to have a solid understanding of ENERGY STAR v2 program requirements and verification protocols. Participants without this fundamental information may not be successful in fully learning ENERGY STAR V3 program requirements and verification protocols, however they will gain an extensive background in best practice residential design and construction techniques.

Presenters- Ray Ivy, Mike Barcik, & Andrew Hewett, Southface

Cost- $500

Registration- http://www.southface.org/learning-center/trainings/es-hers-raters


Homes 401: LEED for Homes Green Rater Training

RESNET Hers Raters make ideal LEED for Homes (LFH) Green Raters.  Each LFH project requires a HERS Rater as well as a Green Rater; the ability to provide both services is a great business opportunity.

The two-part LEED for Homes Green Rater Training is designed to prepare qualified participants to provide verification services on LEED for Homes projects and is the second step in earning the LEED for Homes Green Rater Certificate (see detailed pathway below). Applicants must meet initial qualifications before attending this training. PLEASE NOTE: No on-site registrations are accepted for this course. You must register in advance of the live workshop date

This is a two-part training: Part 1 of the training consists of five self-guided online training modules.  Participants receive access to Part 1 via email as part of registration for this course.  The online module portion provides an introduction to the Green Rater curriculum, including roles and responsibilities and key technical concepts.  The highly interactive workshop portion builds upon the material presented in the online modules, further preparing you to rate on LEED for Homes projects, and delving deep into the verification services you will provide.  Following the training, participants will be eligible to register and take the LEED for Homes Green Rater exam administered through the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Those who pass the exam may proceed to complete the required mentorship. Upon successful completion of the mentorship, the participant will be awarded the LEED for Homes Green Rater Certificate.

Presenter- Laura Capps, Southface

Cost- $695

Registration link- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/homes-401-green-rater-training-resnet-2014-pre-conference-tickets-9522306475


PHIUS+ Rater Training

Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) is seeking experienced HERS Raters to complete a two day course in order to become qualified to conduct on-site quality control for the PHIUS+ program. Passive Houses are some of the most energy efficient buildings in the world, with space conditioning energy savings of up to 90% compared to standard new construction. The PHIUS+ certification program for North American Passive Houses combines extensive design review with a rigorous on-site quality control program. PHIUS+ aligns with the quality control protocols of Energy Star 3.0 and DOE Challenge Home, while including additional tests and checks, specific to the PHIUS+ program.

The two-day course includes one day of classroom work with a second day spent in the field, demonstrating advanced testing and inspection protocols for the PHIUS+ program. The course concludes on the second day with an exam. Successfully completing the course and exam qualifies a Rater to become a PHIUS+ Rater and earns the Rater fourteen (14) RESNET professional development credits. Application to the program is required.

Presenter- John Semmelhack, Passive House Institute U.S.

Cost- $495

Registration Link- http://www.passivehouse.us/passiveHouse/PHIUSPlusRaterTraining.html


Half Day

Half-Day Courses Sunday February 23 8 AM- Noon

HERS 101

Many individuals attend the RESNET Conference to determine whether they will enter the rating industry. Many of the sessions offered in past conferences are a bit too high in jargon and assumed knowledge for persons just entering the rating industry. This session will introduce a beginner to the rating industry and provide a context for the other more advanced sessions to be offered at the conference.

Presenter- Abe Kruger, SK Collaborative

Cost- Free

Registration- Register with general conference registration


SketchUp for Energy Professionals

SketchUp is a powerful free graphic modeling tool developed by Google and now owned by Trimble. EnergyLogic has successfully adopted SketchUp to streamline the from-plans rating take-off process for our clients. It has proven to be a strong tool when reviewing probationary ratings and performing quality assurance. This training is designed to familiarize you with SketchUp tool and provide you with practice designing a model using the 3-D modeling tool.

Then we will use the scripts developed by EnergyLogic to generate a report designed for easy input into REM/Rate. Using SketchUp by itself will improve your speed and accuracy in performing take-offs, but with EnergyLogic’s Custom Reporting Script designed for easy input into REM/Rate you’ll find doing takeoffs is not only made fun, but cuts doing takeoffs in half the time.

This course is designed for HERS Raters or other energy professionals with equivalent experience with energy modeling. It has been specifically designed to help complete take-offs for quick from-plans rating data collection.

Presenter- Glenn Pease, EnergyLogic

Cost- $250

Registration- http://energylogicacademy.com/resnet-2014-conference-pre-conference-sessions/sketchup-training-resnet-2014/


Half-Day Courses Sunday February 23 1-5 PM

Indoor airPLUS Training

EPA created the Indoor airPLUS certification to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality. Additional construction specifications are designed to help improve indoor air quality in new homes. This training gives raters the skills they need to understand and complete Indoor airPLUS ratings. The Indoor airPLUS Program is a partnership between EPA, builders, raters and other allies to improve indoor air quality in new homes. Homes with the Indoor airPLUS label include more than 30 additional home design and construction features to help protect homeowners from a host of health problems associated with poor indoor air quality, including eye irritation, allergies, headaches and respiratory problems such as asthma. All Indoor airPLUS qualified homes also meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by ENERGY STAR®, the nationally recognized symbol for energy efficiency and can be used in lieu of the Water Management Builder Checklist for ENERGY STAR 3.0.

The training will be conducted by Ethan MacCormick and Emelie Cuppernell, Performance Systems Development.

Presenters- Ethan MacCormick & Emelie Cuppernell, Performance Systems Development

Cost- $150

Registration Link- http://psdconsulting.com/ai1ec_event/indoor-airplus-pre-conference-training/?instance_id=


Performing Multifamily HERS Ratings

Join Abe Kruger of KSG and Glenn Pease of EnergyLogic to learn about Multifamily HERS Ratings during a RESNET pre-conference session! This session covers the ins and outs of multifamily, including building level and unit level HERS Ratings. During the session, we will rate a sample project as a group from plans and go through the process of selecting the “worst case” units. Topics covered include: how to address common areas, elevator shafts, commercial spaces, adjacent structures, party walls, duct leakage testing, sampling and other updates you need to know. If you’re not considering multifamily buildings in your scope of services you may be missing out.

Presenters- Abe Kruger, SK Collaborative & Glenn Pease, EnergyLogic

Cost- $50

Registration- http://energylogicacademy.com/resnet-2014-conference-pre-conference-sessions/performing-multifamily-hers-ratings/


REM/Rate Advanced Training

This session is specifically designed for those who have previous experience using Architectural Energy Corporation’s REM/Rate Home Energy Rating software. The session will be led by V. Robert Salcido, P.E, a Senior Engineer at AEC who has been involved with development of REM/Rate for over 14 years. The session will cover new features as well as the more obscure features of the software — custom reporting, utility bill disaggregation, batch processing, library management, improvement analysis and more. If you’ve always had the feeling that you’re not using REM/Rate to its full potential, or if you have specific questions about the software, you shouldn’t miss this session.

Presenters- V. Robert Salcido & Brian Christensen, Architectural Energy Corporation

Cost- Free

Registration- Register with general conference registration


Half-Day Courses Sunday February 23 4-6 PM

Energy Audit IR (residential infrared training)

Energy Audits are common in residential structures when trying to evaluate building efficiency.  Often, audits incorporate the use of specialized tools like blower doors, smoke pencils, duct testers and other equipment like testing meters.  The purpose of this training course is to introduce the students to utilizing IR cameras in conjunction with blower doors in an effort to give a true assessment of the building envelope.  As heat transfers in one of three ways (conduction, convection  and radiation), only convective movement of energy is  measured with a blower door during a survey.  This leaves two very important methods of heat transfer unaccounted for.

The incorporation of an infrared camera–in conjunction with a blower door, when performed with proper temperature differences–allows the energy auditor the opportunity to see all three forms of heat transfer on the building envelope, and give a true assessment of heat loss in the building.

This course is designed as a 2 hour pre-conference course with a minimal registration fee.  The course will involve Equipment specifications, training requirements including references to RESNET guidelines, building envelope review, HVAC system analysis and a hands on clinic where the students will be able to apply what they have learned.  A final review and  exam will be given at the conclusion of the class.

Note:   The class fee you pay can be fully applied as a credit towards an IR camera purchase or advanced certification training including Level I/II certification which can help you comply with RESNET IR certification.  Please contact Peter Hopkins with any questions in this regard:  peter@unitedinfrared.com or 760-593-2339

Presenter- Greg Stockton, United Infrared, Inc

Cost: $69

EnergyAuditIR – RESNET Pre-Conference Class