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EP62: Using HERS H2O to achieve the WaterSense Label for homes with Jonah Schein & Ryan Meres

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Release Date: 11/30/2020

EP82 Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems- ACCA/RESNET/ICC Standard 310 with Wes Davis and Scott Doyle show art EP82 Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems- ACCA/RESNET/ICC Standard 310 with Wes Davis and Scott Doyle

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“You can expect what you inspect.” -W. Edwards Deming    Which “appliance” in a house usually consumes the most energy? Which “appliance” in a house is constructed from multiple components that have never run before they are assembled on site? Wouldn’t it be great if a terrific installation of said “appliance” gained you some HERS points? (Forgive my relative misuse of the word appliance – I needed to get your attention.)   We are joined today by Wes Davis (Director of Technical Services at ACCA) and Scott Doyle (Technical Director at RESNET) to learn more...

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EP81 Stanley Martin Homes & PEG- A Successful Builder and Rating Company Partnership with DJ Lawson and Matthew Cooper show art EP81 Stanley Martin Homes & PEG- A Successful Builder and Rating Company Partnership with DJ Lawson and Matthew Cooper

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“Words are but the pictures of our thoughts.” -John Dryden    Stanley Martin Homes was founded in 1966 utilizing fresh new designs and continues to innovate today. They focus on people, via constant training and clear communications, including continual dialog with PEG, their partner rating firm. How do both companies benefit from a relationship such as this?What are some of the inner workings that are employed?   We are pleased to welcome to RESTALK our guests DJ Lawson (Manager of Corporate Field Operations at Stanley Martin Homes) and Matthew Cooper (Senior Vice President...

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EP80 Maintaining HERS Software Consistency with Neal Kruis show art EP80 Maintaining HERS Software Consistency with Neal Kruis

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“A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.” -Segal’s Law  Consistency is important when it comes time to rely on…anything.   A key to ensuring the quality of HERS ratings is the software calculation consistency of the HERS score.  Too often in the past, the same home could receive a different score based upon the software program being used. What actions has the RESNET Board taken to enhance the consistency of calculation of HERS Index Scores?   Neal Kruis, Vice President of Big Ladder Software joins us on...

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EP 79 California Dreamin’ Collaboration Between RESNET and California Rating Providers on HERS-H2O with Ryan Meres and Russ King show art EP 79 California Dreamin’ Collaboration Between RESNET and California Rating Providers on HERS-H2O with Ryan Meres and Russ King

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“The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” -Arnold H. Glasgow    The ANSI/RESNET/ICC Standard 850 was developed over the course of years via consensus input from over 75 organizations. The standard was first issued in 2020 and is now seeing increasing use. Several steps needed to take place before the California Energy Commission’s accredited rating providers were approved by RESNET as HERS-H2O providers.  At the same time, the demand for the H2O rating service had to be built along with the ability to provide...

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EP 78 RESNET 2022 Conference- Into The Future with Emma Bennett & Steve Baden (RESNET) show art EP 78 RESNET 2022 Conference- Into The Future with Emma Bennett & Steve Baden (RESNET)

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“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” -Steve Jobs    Events of the last year or so have it made it challenging for organizations to host live events.  Many events, including the RESNET Conference went to a virtual format in 2021. What will the future hold for conferences in 2022? What will upcoming conferences look like?  Will connecting the dots of the past conferences help us to know?   Steve Baden and Emma Bennett join us to describe the plans for the 2022 RESNET Conference.   We learn how the decision...

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EP 77 Taking Water Efficiency Efforts to New Heights with Jonah Schein (US EPA) & Ryan Meres (RESNET) show art EP 77 Taking Water Efficiency Efforts to New Heights with Jonah Schein (US EPA) & Ryan Meres (RESNET)

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“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” -Stuart Udall    There’s no way around it. Water is essential to life. Water, like energy, is an environmental resource and requires (demands?) more attention from all. In fact, we’ve talked about water in 4 previous episodes of RESTALK over the last 4 years. How does the EPA WaterSense program address this topic? What are the updates in WaterSense Labeled Homes 2.0? How does the HERS H2O rating work?   Seasoned water efficiency professional Jonah Schein (US EPA) and Ryan Meres...

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EP76 Meet the 2021 RESNET Emerging Leadership Fellows with Stewart Soleman and Drew Lynch show art EP76 Meet the 2021 RESNET Emerging Leadership Fellows with Stewart Soleman and Drew Lynch

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 “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” - J.P. Morgan      Starting off a career in a new or even a related industry can be challenging as there is so much to learn.   It’s not often a newbie gets a chance for “a seat at the table” at an early stage in their career.   What industry perspectives do RESNET’s Emerging Leaders in have?     Join us as the 2021 RESNET Emerging Leadership Fellows Stewart Soleman and Drew Lynch share their thoughts and perspectives on the HERS industry.   Both Drew...

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EP75: RESNET Proposal on Factoring in Energy to Mortgage Loans with Steve Baden show art EP75: RESNET Proposal on Factoring in Energy to Mortgage Loans with Steve Baden

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 “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin How important are mortgage loans to the home performance industry?   What could be the impact on single family home buyers if home energy costs were factored into the mortgage payment?   How does this process make energy efficient homes more affordable for families?     Most homeowners have heard of the term PITI – the summary of costs in a mortgage payment – principle and interest on the loan plus property taxes and insurance.   And most all of us know the cost of energy to run a...

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EP74: HERS ratings and the PEG Fannie Mae Green MBS Program with Matthew Cooper show art EP74: HERS ratings and the PEG Fannie Mae Green MBS Program with Matthew Cooper

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“We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand.” - Christopher Dodd How do the financial investment criteria of ESG- Environmental, Social & Governance – relate to the HERS rating world?   What are FANNIE MAE Single Family Green Mortgage Backed Securities and what makes this program so unique?   How could such a program help to elevate the recognition of HERS raters and the work they do? At long last, the HERS Index is breaking into the new homes mortgage market!    Matthew Cooper from PEG joins us to help explain...

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EP73: Bill Spohn’s High Performance Home Journey hosted by Laurel Elam show art EP73: Bill Spohn’s High Performance Home Journey hosted by Laurel Elam

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 “The first step is clearly defining what it is you’re after, because without knowing that, you’ll never get it.” - Halle Berry How does a person deeply engaged in the world of home performance handle matters when it comes to building their own home?   When it is “your own” you must strive to see the forest through the trees.   What’s it like actually living inside your theories? In this podcast we spin the microphones around the table and welcome guest host, Laurel Elam (RESNET) who interviews Bill Spohn (normally the RESTalk host) on the journey he and...

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 “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

-Loren Eiseley 

 

 

Wikipedia defines water as is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance which provides no calories or organic nutrients.

 

Yet water is vital for all known forms of life.

 

What role can builders, raters and providers play in the protection of this unique natural resource?

 

 

Seasoned water efficiency professional Jonah Schein from the US EPA joins Ryan Meres, Program Director at RESNET on the podcast to give us updates on the EPA WaterSense and HERS H2O programs.

We delve into how HERS H2O is used to achieve the WaterSense Label as well as discuss a recent RESNET/EPA Pilot Program for WaterSense v2.0. 

We learn how the WaterSense Version 2.0 pilot has developed the necessary feedback on how to best support the building industry whilst ensuring that the needs of home buyers are met.


In the course of our discussion Ryan and Jonah reveal how raters, providers and builders can and should get involved in rating homes for water efficiency.

Ryan covers the eligibility, criteria and steps involved in becoming a HERS H2O Rater or Provider including the online training.

Tapping into Jonah’s extensive background, we also explore the importance of water efficiency and conservation efforts.

For more information on the RESNET HERSH20 program, visit: https://www.resnet.us/about/hersh2o/

 

You’ll find information on the EPA’s WaterSense program at https://www.epa.gov/watersense



RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.

 

Pros can learn more at www.RESNET.us/professional 

Consumers can learn more at www.RESNET.us

Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at [email protected]