HERS® Raters and Energy Codes

HERS Raters can play a vital role in the verification of compliance to energy codes. Across the nation, building code officials are relying on certified RESNET HERS Raters to undertake the inspections and testing to verify whether a home complies with the energy code.

Why HERS Raters?

Certified RESNET HERS Raters bring the following qualifications to assist building departments:

  • Successfully completed stringent training and certification process following industry-recognized national standards that demonstrate knowledge in the applications of building science
  • Completes air leakage and duct tightness testing in accordance with the ANSI RESNET/International Code Council Standard 380.
  • Standard 380 is recognized in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
  • Adheres to strict quality assurance oversight standards set by RESNET

ICC IECC/HERS Compliance Specialist Certification

The International Code Council (ICC) in cooperation with RESNET has developed a new ICC certification, the IECC/ HERS Compliance Specialist. The new ICC certification is for certified RESNET HERS Raters who also hold the ICC Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner Certification. This new certification combines the energy code knowledge of code officials with the energy efficiency knowledge of HERS Raters to identify experts in energy plan review and inspection. The certification leverages the strengths of both organizations to increase the number of qualified individuals available for evaluating energy code compliance and home energy performance. For more information go to ICC IECC/HERS Compliance Specialist

The ICC IECC/HERS Compliance Specialist designation verifies competence in energy performance measurement and energy code proficiency. These certified specialists can supplement the work of jurisdictions facing resource constraints that affect their ability to conduct the necessary reviews. IECC/HERS Compliance Specialists may now be used for both code compliance and energy performance rating services.

Resources

ICC IECC/HERS Compliance Specialist

RESNET HERS Raters: Your Trusted Third Party Energy Code Inspector Infographic

What is the IECC Energy Rating Index (ERI) Compliance Path Infographic

Path to Becoming a RESNET Certified Home Energy Rater Infographic

HERS Index – The Natural Energy Code Compliance Choice Video

What States and Municipalities Should Know About the IECC ERI Path