RESNET COVID-19 Updates

Our world is changing dramatically all around us.  The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. Here in the U.S. the President has declared it as a national emergency.

The spread of the virus has upended business travel and everyday life for all of us. It goes without saying that it’s disrupting how the HERS Industry is operating for the time being.  The HERS industry is being confronted with coping with trying to keep their staff safe while facing the economic pressures that are a result of the virus.

RESNET staff will be working with the Rating community on determining creative ways that will allow us all to keep our employees safe while getting our business done.

The most important thing that we can do is stay informed in the rapidly changing environment.  This web page is dedicated to educating the industry of this public health and economic emergency, keep track of RESNET’s response to this crisis and provide resources to the Rating Provider community.

RESNET has activated a dedicated COVID19info@resnet.us email address that will go directly to the Quality Assurance Team for QA questions and concerns. This email address is for specific questions to the QA team regarding remote QA, reporting, etc., during this time of disruption in our industry.

RESNET COVID-19 Announcements

September 10, 2020 – RESNET Extends Temporary Remote QA Field Observations; Use of the RESNET QA Protocol for HERS Rater and Rating Field Inspector Field Evaluations; Online Proctoring Services for all RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, HERS Rater and Rating Field Inspector Tests and the Deadline for HERS Rater Candidates to Complete Probationary Ratings

September 4, 2020 – Extension of Temporary Remote Inspections for HERS Ratings and the RESNET Designation of Quality Assurance Delegates

August 24, 2020 Adoption of Amendment on Default to Testing for HERS Ratings

June 19, 2020 – RESNET Extends Emergency Use of Remote Inspections for HERS® Ratings Through September 30, 2020

May 29, 2020 – Protocols for RESNET Remote QA Field Observations of Rating Provider Field QA Reviews

May 28, 2020 – Fall 2020 RESNET Board In-Person Meeting Canceled – Will be Conducted Virtually

April 27, 2020 – Temporary RESNET Protocols for Default Test Values During the COVID Pandemic 

April 22, 2020 – RESNET Adopts Temporary Emergency Standard Amendment Allowing Voluntary Use of Default Values for Airtightness and Duct Leakage Testing for HERS® Ratings

April 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Emergency Procedures for Proctoring RESNET Tests

April 14, 2020 – Extension of Requirement of Removal of the RESNET Designation of Quality Assurance Delegates

April 13, 2020 – Recension of Wavier on 45L Federal Tax Credit Record Keeping

April 3, 2020 – Temporary RESNET Protocols for Remote Field Inspections During the COVID Pandemic

April 3, 2020 – Temporary COVID-19 Emergency Payment Terms for Rating Fees

April 1, 2020 – Revised Procedures for Remote Inspections, Sampling of HERS® Ratings, Testing Alternatives, Rater Candidate Certification and Re-Certification and Entering 45L Federal Tax Credits Into the RESNET National Registry

March 26, 2020 Extension of RESNET Executive Director Emergency Authority 

March 20, 2020 Steps RESNET is Taking to Assist Rating Providers in Meeting the COVID-19 Panademic

March 13, 2020 RESNET Release to Rating Industry on RESNET Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

March 11, 2020 RESNET Staff Travel Curtailment Policy

March 10, 2020 Postponement of Spring 2020 RESNET Board Meeting

 

Resources for Rating Industry on COVID-19 Pandemic

RESTalk: COVID-19 Update with Steve Baden and Cardice Gray-Howard

New! COVID-19 Industry Impact Briefing Series

HERS® Ratings and Housing in the Post Pandemic World

RESNET Emergency Inspection and Testing Protocols with Scott Doyle RESTalk Podcast

Protocols for RESNET Remote QA Field Observations of Rating Provider Field QA Reviews

Survey Results: HERS Raters/Rating Providers on COVID-19 Pandemic Effects

Association of Energy Service Professionals Webinar: Virtual Assessments and Quality Assurance

Results of May 2020 RESNET HERS Industry Survey on Effects of COVID-19 Epidemic

COVID 19 April 15, 2020 Webinar FAQ

Temporary RESNET Protocols for Default Test Values During the COVID Pandemic Climate Zone Default Methodology Spreadsheet Calculator

International Code Council – RESNET HERS® Raters Can Assist Code Officials by Conducting Required Energy Code Inspections and Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic

International Code Council’s Building Safety Journal – “HERS Raters Can Assist Building Safety Departments During National Pandemic”

Recording of April 17, 2020 RESNET Webinar on $2.2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Legislation and Its Implication to the HERS Industry

RESNET COVID-19 Emergency Procedures for Proctoring RESNET Tests

Recording of April 15, 2020 Webinar on Revised Procedures for Voluntary Remote Inspections and Testing Alternatives of HERS® Ratings

New Opportunity for HERS Raters Assisting Building Departments Through Energy Code Inspections During the COVID-19  National Emergency

Congress Passes $2+ Trillion Coronavirus Relief Legislation – Implications for the HERS® Industry

U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Guidelines and Applications for The Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

RESNET COVID-19 Update RESTalk Podcast

How HERS® Raters and RFIs Can Limit Exposure to the Coronavirus

RESNET COVID-19 Remote Inspection Home Energy Rating Standard Disclosure Form

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION ADVISORY ON ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS – HERS Raters