EP100 HERS Modelers Ensure Consistency of Input in HERS Ratings with Joshua Anderson and Scott Doyle
Release Date: 07/11/2022
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“Passion is what gives meaning to our lives.
It’s what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination.
Try to find a career path you have a passion for.”
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 the creation of a new RESNET HERS Rater modeling designation with a goal of increasing 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 to 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/
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