Introducing RESNET Energy Smart Comprehensive Retrofit Teams

December 1st, 2011 - Posted by RESNET under Hot News

RESNET has launched RESNET Energy Smart Teams which represents a new approach to comprehensive retrofits of existing homes.  The approach teams up the various facets of the contractor trades with a certified RESNET HERS Rater to offer a comprehensive solution to homeowners.  Team members work together to develop a scope of work and complete home performance retrofit projects.

Each Energy Smart team must have at a minimum a certified rater, an HVAC contractor who is recognized by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) QA program and an insulation/air sealing contractor who employs at least one technician who has completed an Insulation Contractors Association of America or other insulation industry quality installation program.

Instead of dictating quality installation procedures for contractors, RESNET recognizes industry standards.  Another unique aspect of the Energy Smart Team is that an independent rater who did not participate in the installation of the upgrades must complete the test out and quality assurance review of the work.  This ensures that the consumer or program sponsor achieves the performance they paid for.

Here how a RESNET Home Energy Team works.  A certified rater would undertake the initial inspection and testing of the home following RESNET’s standards.  This would include the combustion appliance testing and preparation of a work scope.  The contractor members would then complete the upgrades in accordance with the work scope agreed to by the homeowner.  Once the project is completed an independent rater would complete the test out and undertake a quality assurance inspection to ensure the work was completed to the specifications of the work scope.

By working together, and Energy Smart Team provides the homeowner with peace of mind that the job was be completed correctly.

For more information click on RESNET Energy Smart Teams

  • Jeff Polk

    I really like the sound of this, am licensed hvac contractor in my state, hold 2 NATE cert’s, work closely with a HERS rater as well. I used to be an ACCA member. What is the next step?

  • Dan Dempsey

    This is the smartest idea I’ve seen come out yet. My opinion is that any Federal, State or Utility incentives for HVAC should require that the HVAC contractor is a member of an Energy Smart Team. This is what is needed to bring about the needed partnership between HVAC and air sealers/insulaters.

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