HVAC systems usually consume a large chunk of the energy in any home. So, it follows that optimizing HVAC systems can lead to lower home energy consumption, hence a lower HERS® score/better HERS® rating. But how are points awarded for a better-quality HVAC design and installation? Is there are a better way than nameplate information? Listen in as we chat with Wes Davis (ACCA) and Dean Gamble (EPA Energy Star Homes Program) as they discuss why the ANSI/RESNET 301 standard is being created and the lessons learned that resulted in the development of that standard. A major goal here is to significantly re-unify the process of doing a HERS® rating and earning the ENERGY STAR. We will discuss the current status of development, as well as the expected implementation timeline. Heads up: Raters may need a few more tools and training in this extension of their work, yet efforts are being made to the standard, maximizing flexibility of execution. You’ll also hear about a new, non-invasive system test for HVAC systems. Visit http://restalk.libsyn.com/ to take a listen.