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RESNET® Rating Provider Accreditation Agreement 2024

This Provider Accreditation Agreement dated January 1, 2024 (“Effective Date”) governs the accreditation by RESNET® of Rating Providers (“Provider”) under the operative Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Systems Standards (“RESNET® Standards”), which are fully incorporated herein, in effect during the Agreement Term as defined below. This agreement shall commence on January 1, 2024, and continue until December 31, 2024, unless otherwise terminated as set forth herein (the “Agreement Term”). Each RESNET®-accredited Provider shall adhere to the requirements for accreditation and quality assurance further contingent on the Provider complying with those requirements as they may be altered or amended from time to time with notice to the Provider. This commitment to fulfilling all obligations of a Provider is critical to the RESNET® structure that has been established to deliver Home Energy Ratings (“HERS®”) to the marketplace. As a RESNET®-accredited Provider, you agree to the following:

I. Provider Compliance. Provider shall comply with all operative RESNET® Standards, policies, and Codes of Ethics, in place during the Agreement Term, along with the specific provisions below.

A. Provider shall ensure that its certified Home Energy Rating System (“HERS®”) raters will only use accredited RESNET® software tools to produce a HERS® Index Score or HERS® Rating;

B. Adhere to the Provider’s RESNET®-approved application and policies-and-procedures manual, and update the Provider’s policies and procedures as necessary to reflect RESNET’s® operative Standards and policies;

C. Only conduct ratings in state(s)in which the Provider is accredited and notify RESNET® promptly in writing when the Provider no longer operates in a state or when it intends to start operation in a new state;

D. Maintain the integrity and accuracy of the RESNET® Buildings Registry by uploading all rated homes, ensuring accurate Rater information, and to the Registry in accordance with the operative RESNET® Standards;

E. Investigate and resolve complaints regarding Ratings, Raters, or the Provider in a fair and timely manner;

F. Meet all minimum quality assurance requirements set forth in RESNET® Standards for quality assurance of Raters annually;

G. Have a RESNET®-approved Quality Assurance Designee and enable the Quality Assurance Designee of the Provider to perform the duties described in RESNET® Standards, along with all necessary access and authority to do so;

H. Adhere to the RESNET® quality assurance requirements for Providers per the provisions of the RESNET® Standards, which may include electronic file monitoring, online monitoring, or on-site field monitoring; Strictly enforce Rater disciplinary procedures and Rating corrective action in accordance with RESNET® Standards;

I. Comply with RESNET®-required corrective action in cases where RESNET® identifies non-compliance;

J. Report to RESNET® significant non-compliance as described in RESNET® Standards;

K. Keep current with the annual accreditation fee and quarterly Quality Assurance Fees. See attached RESNET® Board Fee Policy for Providers

II. Placement of RESNET’s® Logo on Web Site. The Provider shall post the RESNET® logo on its website and include a link from the logo to www.resnet.us. The provider shall comply with the provisions of the “RESNET® Professionals Logo Guide” posted at http://www.resnet.us/professional/brand-assets

III. Provider Disciplinary Procedures. The Provider will comply with and be held to the provisions of Provider disciplinary procedures as set forth in the RESNET® Standards.

IV. Hold Harmless Clause. The Provider will indemnify, hold harmless, and defend RESNET® and its officers, agents, and employees from losses, damages, and judgements arising from the Provider’s performance under this Accreditation except to the extent that such liability arises from the gross negligence of RESNET®, but only to the extent that they are found to be caused by a negligent act, error, or omission of the Provider or the Provider’s officers, directors, members, partners, agents, employees, or subcontractors. RESNET® will indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Provider from losses, damages, and judgements arising from the Accreditation as a result of acts of gross negligence by RESNET® or RESNET’s® officers, directors, agents, or employees.

V. Governing Law. This accreditation agreement is governed by the laws of the state of California and the Provider shall perform all aspects of their accreditation called for in compliance with all appropriate laws and regulations. It is the responsibility of the Provider to ensure that all federal, state, and local permits and licenses necessary to his/her performance of this accreditation agreement have been obtained all lawsuits concerning this contract shall be brought in the Superior or District Courts of San Diego County, State of California and shall be subject to the laws of the State of California without recourse to such states choice of law rules.

VI. Severability. If any term or other provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal, or incapable of being enforced by any law or public policy, all other terms or provisions of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect.

VII. No Assignment or Delegation. The accreditation agreement is neither assignable nor delegable in whole or in part by Provider to any other party without the prior written consent of RESNET®, such consent may be withheld in RESNET’s® sole discretion.


RESNET® Board Policy 009 Fee Payment Policy for Providers

Effective January 1, 2024

Accreditation Renewal:

RESNET® standards require accredited Providers to submit a renewal application and pay their respective renewal fee by the end of each calendar year. Provider accreditation renewal is also contingent on Provider’s compliance and performance under the Accreditation Agreement.

Accreditation renewal notices will be sent to Providers through email at the beginning of September of each year, which allows sufficient time to comply with RESNET® standards for accreditation renewal. It is the responsibility of Providers to verify that RESNET® has the current email and mailing address prior to August 30th each year.

Notice for renewal of accreditation is sent out on September 1.

All Provider accreditation renewal applications and accreditation fees are due by October 31st each year for all Providers who plan to continue with their accreditation for the following year.

Rating Provider Quality Assurance Quarterly Fees:

Rating Providers are charged $7.50 per rating registered in the RESNET® National Registry. Rating Providers will be emailed invoices quarterly based on the number ratings registered into the RESNET® National Registry during the previous quarter.

Non-Payment Accreditation Suspension Revocation

Any other Provider entities associated with principals of revoked Provider are also revoked.

Principals of revoked Provider professional designations as Quality Assurance Designees or HERS® Rater Instructors shall also be revoked.

RESNET® Rating Provider Accreditation Agreement 2024