New Guidelines for the Calculation of Retrofit Savings to a Home – RESNET Proposes Amendment

October 20th, 2011 - Posted by RESNET under Hot News

For quite some time, it has been the contention of many that the RESNET standards apply only to new homes and that they do not address existing homes. While this has never been the actual case, it has also been true that the RESNET standards did not contain a specific methodology for the calculation of standardized energy savings (asset savings) resulting from existing home retrofits. This proposed new guidelines section of the RESNET Standards is drafted to provide a specific methodology that will fill this gap. Such a standard methodology is sorely needed by the Rating industry and by others, including Congress, in the development of policies and programs aimed at reducing energy use in existing housing stock.

The RESNET Technical Committee has proposed an amendment to RESNET standards to set new guidelines for the calculation of energy efficiency improvements to a home.

The amendment is undergoing an ANSI compliant public review and comment process. Interested parties are encouraged to comment on the proposed amendment. Public comments on the proposed amendment will be accepted until Monday, November 28, 2011. To submit your comments, click here. Comments are posted real time and you will be able to review comments that were submitted by clicking on New Guidelines. To download the amendment, click here Only comments made through the online system will be accepted.

After the comment period, the appropriate RESNET committee will consider and document each of the comments submitted and make appropriate changes. The revised proposed amendments then will be submitted to the RESNET Standards Committee who will review the public comment process then recommend to the RESNET Board for adoption.

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