RESNET Publishes New Series of Factsheets on Home Energy Ratings and the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code

January 8th, 2015 - Posted by Laurel Elam under RESNET News

Across the nation there is a trend for code jurisdictions to adopt a HERS Index Score option for meeting energy code compliance.  To date over 150 local and state code jurisdictions have adopted an energy rating option to their codes.   This movement has gained momentum with the International Code Council adopting an Energy Rating Index option in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

This trend presents an exciting opportunity for certified RESNET HERS Raters to expand their business opportunities. Raters can add IECC code inspections to their business services.

Working with its strategic allies, RESNET is undertaking an educational effort aimed at builders and code officials on the advantages that HERS Index Scores offer as a performance based compliance option.  This effort includes development of a series of factsheets.

RESNET has just released three new fact sheets.  They are:

Benefits of the Energy Rating Index ScoreOption – This factsheet explains the benefits of the Energy Rating Index compliance option from the following perspectives:

  • Builders
  • Consumers
  • Code officials
  • Housing markets
  • The environment

To download this factsheet go to Benefits of the Energy Rating Index Score Option

Implementation Guidelines for the Energy Rating Index Performance Path– This factsheet is aimed at building code officials to assist in the successful implementation of the ERI approach within a building code jurisdiction.  To download this factsheet go to Implementation Guidelines for the Energy Rating Index Performance Path

Case Studies: Incorporating of the HERS Index Score into an Energy Code – This factsheet showcases three code jurisdictions as examples of the successful implementation of an ERI performance requirement.  The jurisdictions showcased are:

  • Massachusetts HERS Index Score Stretch Code
  • City of Newton, Massachusetts
  • City of Santa Fe Residential Green Building Code

To download this factsheet go to Case Studies: Incorporating of the HERS Index Score Into an Energy Code

RESNET has previously published the following factsheets on this series:

  • Overview of the ERI Performance Path in the 2015 IECC
  • Energy Rating Index Performance Path Score Alternatives
  • Cost Effectiveness of Using the Energy Rating Index to Comply with the 2015 IECC
  • Energy Rating Index Performance Path Frequently Asked Questions

These factsheets can be downloaded at The HERS Index as a Performance Path to Building Energy Codes

PowerPoint presentations are now being prepared based on the seven factsheets for use by certified RESNET HERS Raters in educating builders and code officials.

RESNET has entered into a partnership with the International Code Conference to educate code officials on the benefits of an Energy Rating Index Score compliance option to their building energy codes.  These factsheets will serve as a foundation of the RESNET and International Code Council education effort to code officials that will take place in 2015.

A special feature of the 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference is a track on HERS Index in Code Compliance – Compliance Flexibility for Builders and Business Opportunities for Raters.  Sessions that will be offered on this subject cover:

  • Energy Code Flexibility
  • Business Opportunities for HERS Raters
  • Technical Issues with a HERS Code Compliance Option

For more information go to 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up on the latest information and network with the leaders of the home energy rating and building performance industry.

Register for the 2015 RESNET Conference today.

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