RESBlog - RESNET Notes – October 2010

OptiMiser Software Program Accredited by RESNET as Rating Software Tool

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Auditor Information, Energy Efficiency, Hot Topics, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

The OptiMiser software program has been accredited by RESNET to calculate home energy ratings. OptiMser passed the suite of software that RESNET has developed through the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  The software tests include: BESTEST Tier 1 HERS Reference Home Rating Software Auto-Generation Test HERS Method Test HVAC Tests

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RESNET Proposes Amendment on Lighting, Appliance and Miscellaneous Energy Usage Profiles

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Job Opportunities, Legislation, Posts and Views, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

RESNET home energy ratings considers all energy uses of a home including lighting, appliances and plug loads of miscellaneous energy uses such as clothes washers and dryers.  A comprehensive DOE-funded study of miscellaneous loads in residential buildings conducted by the Florida Solar Energy Center and National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that these loads are significantly

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RESNET Revamps National Home Energy Audit Standard – Creates New Comprehensive Home Energy Rater and Building Performance Auditor Classifications

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Auditor Information, Energy Efficiency, Job Opportunities, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

RESNET has undertaken an aggressive effort to tap the existing homes market.  To better meet the need for independent energy assessments for the upgrading of home energy performance RESNET has adopted a comprehensive revision of its National Energy Audit Standard (Chapter 7 of the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards). The most significant improvement

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RESNET Adopts Guidelines for Combustion Safety Testing and Developing Work Orders

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Auditor Information, Energy Efficiency, Job Opportunities, Rater Information, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

With the growing interest by consumers, utilities and governments in comprehensive retrofits, the RESNET Board of Directors has adopted the “RESNET Interim Guidelines for Combustion Appliance Testing and Writing Work Scope”. The guidelines provide an opportunity for RESNET certified home energy raters and energy auditors to be trained and certified to undertake combustion appliance testing

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Hope Still Alive for Extension of Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Efficiency, Legislation, Recovery Through Retrofit, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden has recently returned from Washington, DC where he met with staff of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME).  There is still a chance that the new and existing homes tax credits could still be extended by Congress in the upcoming “lame duck session” after the

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Senate Majority Whip Casts Doubt of Passage of Any Energy Legislation in This Congress

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Efficiency, Legislation, Recovery Through Retrofit, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) cast doubt Tuesday on the prospects for energy legislation during an expected lame-duck session. “I think it’s a long shot,” Durbin, was quoted in CQ, noting that action on appropriations, taxes and an arms control treaty could consume most of the chamber’s time after the November elections. “It’s

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RESNET Appoints Housing Industry Advisory Council

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Job Opportunities, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

The homebuilding industry is a key customer of RESNET’s services.  To better understand the needs of the industry and provide a voice to it, RESNET Board of Directors President David Goldstein has appointed a Housing Industry Advisory Council.  The council’s role includes review of the RESNET Strategic Planning Framework and the annual priorities of the

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