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RESNET Needs Your Input Temporary Use of Defaults for Testing Survey

Jun 26, 2020

Rating Providers and HERS® Raters:

As part of the RESNET emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic national emergency, RESNET adopted a voluntary temporary protocol to allow certified RESNET HERS® Raters and Rating Field Inspectors to use default values for airtightness and duct leakage testing for HERS® Ratings.  To implement this protocol RESNET adopted an emergency interim standard amendment, Addendum 48i.

Addendum 48i provides Rating Providers, HERS® Raters and RFIs a table of default values that account for the energy impact of building enclosure and air distribution systems leakage to be used in calculating ratings when the Standard ANSI/RESNET/ICC 380 tests are not conducted.

This interim amendment is in effect for a period of 120 days beginning on April 20, 2020, but may be revisited by RESNET as necessary in light of developments with the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will take a full RESNET standard amendment along with the public review and comment process to extend this period.

Prior to a decision, RESNET staff will need to understand the use and effectiveness of this option.

Please take the short three question survey by clicking on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/defaulttesting by Monday July 6, 2020.