Letter to Home Energy Raters from USGBC LEED for Homes

December 21st, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, Rater Information, RESNET News

LEEDSince its launch in 2008, the LEED for Homes program has experienced outstanding growth.  To date, LEED for Homes has registered more than 30,000 homes nationwide and seen over 9,000 units achieve certification so far.  The LEED for Homes growth curve continues to accelerate, with a major percentage of those numbers coming this year alone. More than 13,000 units have been registered and nearly 5,000 homes have been certified to date in 2010!

The U.S. Green Building Council is proud to have worked closely with the RESNET community as we developed the LEED for Homes program.  Now, the ongoing growth of the LEED for Homes program presents a great new business opportunity for RESNET Raters.

Beginning January 1, 2011, all newly registered LEED for Homes projects will be required to utilize a designated LEED for Homes Green Rater in-training or certificate-holder for onsite verification services.  Green Raters provide onsite verification services designed to dovetail with your current work as a HERS Rater.

As a LEED for Homes Green Rater, you will further differentiate yourself as a leader in the green building marketplace.  By offering LEED for Homes onsite verification in concert with your current services, you’ll expand your business and be able to offer a consolidated package of verification services, helping meet the ever growing demand for LEED for Homes verification services.

The next opportunity to take the LEED for Homes Green Rater Training is targeted at the RESNET community.  The next training is Feb. 26 – 27, directly preceding the RESNET Building Performance Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The Green Rater Training will prepare you to provide verification services on LEED for Homes projects and is required for those wishing to pursue the LEED for Homes Green Rater Certificate.

As a RESNET Rater, you meet the majority of the eligibility requirements for the LEED for Homes Green Rater program, and have the knowledge and skills hardwired to hit the ground running as a Green Rater certificate-holder.  I strongly encourage you to learn more about LEED for Homes and the LEED for Homes Green Rater certificate at www.usgbc.org/homes.

With your help, LEED for Homes will continue to be a strong, credible program supported by the most qualified, competent and successful raters in the industry.

Best of luck in your green building practice in 2011 and beyond!

Nate Kredich

Vice President, Residential Market Development

U.S. Green Building Council

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