Across the nation lives and businesses are being disrupted by the coronavirus. Building departments are restricting their employees’ fieldwork over health concerns over the coronavirus. This can create a bottleneck for a builder to receive the required certificate of occupancy. This presents an opportunity for HERS® Raters to expand their business opportunities as well as assist their community. This would be having the building department to accept certified RESNET HERS® Raters for undertaking required energy code inspections and testing. Certified RESNET HERS® Raters bring the following qualifications to assist building departments during a national emergency 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 Those HERS® Raters that have received the new International Code Council’s (ICC) HERS/IECC Compliance Specialist certification even have a stronger case in that they demonstrated building science and energy code competence through ICC & RESNET certifications. For more information on the new ICC certification go to ICC IECC/HERS® Compliance Specialist.