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RESTalk EP 100: HERS® Modelers Ensure Consistency of Input in HERS® Ratings

Jul 6, 2022



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The RESNET ecosystem continues to grow and morph as demand increases and external factors change.

What new opportunities exist for those already in or considering entering the world of home energy ratings?

Are there career specializations available?

In today’s podcast, Josh Anderson (TopBuild) and Scott Doyle (RESNET) help us understand the purpose, scope, and functions of the RESNET HERS® modeler designation.

In 2020, the RESNET Board of Directors voted for creating of a new RESNET HERS® Rater modeling designation to increase the consistency in the input in HERS® Ratings through the training and certification of persons who conduct the modeling and analysis using accredited HERS® Software Tools.

Upon certification, HERS® Modeler candidates are issued a unique RESNET Modeler ID which can be used for single or multiple HERS® Software Tools. In many ways, this certification is like the current Rating Field Inspector certification for field inspection and testing including candidates being posted on the RESNET Registry.

Josh discusses how this is a natural evolution of the industry, especially as businesses scale. He also notes this helps create an alternate career path within the RESNET ecosystem as it embodies a different skillset and an alternate work environment (office vs. field) for a more diverse workforce.

Scott gives us an overview of the formal training required and notes that continuing education will be required to maintain the certification. The continuing education will be offered by the accredited HERS® Rating Software Program developers.

Scott notes that certified RESNET HERS® Raters, having taken inputs and plan reviews as part of RESNET HERS® Rater Training, will automatically receive the new certification without any additional fees, yet would still have to meet the continuing education requirements.

More info on this topic, as well as an infographic, are available at this link: www.resnet.us/raters/resnet-hers-modeler-certification/

Editor’s note; We’re excited to bring you this 100th episode of the RESTalk podcast. Since June 2018, RESTalk has brought you news and commentary on how HERS® impacts the housing industry. We hope you join us for the next 100 episodes, and beyond!  

Listen to the full episode here.