RESNET Proposes Amendments to National Home Energy Rating Standards – June 2010

June 15th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Posts and Views, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - May 2010

RESNET has submitted a set of proposed amendments to the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards for the standard amendment public review and comment process.

The proposed amendments are:

  • Revision of Proposed RESNET Thermographic Inspections of Buildings Standards – The RESNET Thermographic Inspections Standards Drafting Working Group drafted a standard for IR inspections.  The draft standard underwent a public review and comment process in which a number of substantive changes were proposed on the training aspects of the draft standard.  After taking consideration of the public comments, the working committee proposed changes to the standard.  RESNET will only be considering comments on the proposed changes to the standard and not on the sections of the proposed standard that was not changed.
  • Innovative Design Request Amendment – The RESNET Technical Committee has proposed a standard amendment that will allow rating providers to petition RESNET for adjustments to the HERS Index with features or technologies not addressed by software tools or the RESNET standards.
  • RESNET Interim Guidelines for Combustion Safety and Scope of Work – With retrofit initiatives such as Home Star gaining momentum, it is clear that RESNET needs to develop guidelines for safety combustion testing and preparing a work order.  RESNET has formed a working group that is developing standards for performance testing.  This work by definition is complicated and taking time.  In order to fill the immediate need, the RESNET Technical Committee has drafted a set of interim guidelines that raters can be trained in the near term.  The draft guidelines are based on the Building Performance Institute’s standards and on the Texas Home Energy Ratings Organization which the RESNET Board has already approved.  The draft set of guidelines are attached.
  • Amendment of Chapter 7 National Home Energy Audit Standard -  The RESNET National Energy Audit Standard is proposing a comprehensive revision of Chapter 7 based upon the first year’s operation of the standard.

Public comments on all of the proposals will be accepted until July 1, 2009.

To view the proposed amendments and submit your comments click on http://www1.resnet.us/standards/mortgage/amendments/2010/

Comments are posted real time and you will be able to review comments that were submitted.

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 will then  be submitted to the RESNET Standards Committee, who will review the public comment process then submit its recommendations to the RESNET Board for adoption

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