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Home Energy Raters

The WSU Energy Program has served as a RESNET® Provider since 2005, supporting dozens of home energy raters in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Our staff supports home efficiency raters by:

  • Reviewing all raters’ home efficiency modeling and documentation and performing rigorous file and on-site field QA reviews on the required percentage of all of their rated homes.
  • Answering raters’ questions on modeling, performance testing, building science, and other technical aspects tied into residential energy efficiency.
  • Offering online and on-site trainings.
  • Tracking rater RESNET® credentials (professional development and equipment recalibration) to ensure that all of our raters and their equipment are fully capable of providing reliable ratings.
  • Providing highly competitive pricing - with no annual provider fee, and free file quality assurance (QA) for raters in the Pacific Northwest. Field QA fees vary with a rater’s annual rating volume, and is free for higher volume raters.
  • Publishing NW Rater News with information on rating tips, rating requirements, and events - helping raters to streamline their inspections and modeling, improve their accuracy, and grow their business. To subscribe to our Newsletter click here

Certified Home Energy Raters (HERS)

This list provides contact information for certified home energy raters in Washington who meet the minimum requirements as defined by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Mortgage Industry National Home Rating Standards, and operate under the rating providership of the WSU Energy Program.

Benefits - Home Efficiency to Builders

For builders, independent home energy efficiency certifications add credible validation to builders’ efficiency claims, which is important to prospective buyers, since it assures them that their new home will:

  • Cost less to operate - due to lower utility bills,
  • Be eligible for incentives from utilities and other organizations,
  • Have healthier indoor air quality - due to controlled ventilation and lack of duct and envelope leaks,
  • Mean fewer call-backs - due to comfort, performance and deterioration issues,
  • Be more capable of achieving a net zero energy status - due to lower electrical loads,
  • Be eligible for lower financing costs,
  • Help them do their part to protect the environment.

Builders can have raters generate house specific four-page color brochures that explain the significance of home energy rating scores, as well as the benefits noted above.

For builders, a lower HERS rating score may also qualify the home for utility incentives and a federal home efficiency tax credit per home or low-rise apartment that demonstrates a 50 percent energy savings compared with a 2006 home built to code. Additional certification programs that the WSU Energy Program supports allow a builder - through rating processes - to further validate their homes’ superior performance and possibly qualify them for additional incentives or certifications. These include:

Home Energy Rater Support

Rating Review and Registration

The WSU Energy Program accepts home energy modeling files from raters using REM/Rate™ and Ekotrope software and offer sublicenses for each at highly competitive rate. Raters submit their data through a customized version of the AXIS database created by Pivotal Solutions. We then perform additional reviews, as needed and either return to the rater for modifications or submit the data to the RESNET® Registry and send the rater a registered copy with all needed print permissions and certifications for which the home qualifies. There is no annual rater fee for being part of our providership.

File and Field Quality Assurance Reviews

The WSU Energy Program selects 10 percent of all ratings for each rater and attempts to duplicate the rater’s model of the home based on the inputs (performance testing, floor plans, equipment certifications, etc.). If our model differs from theirs in any significant way, we contact the rater to make corrections. There is no cost for these file reviews

We also select one percent of all ratings for each rater and perform an on-site review of their techniques - pointing out issues that may need correcting, and taking the opportunity to provide some one-on-one mentoring to help them be more successful in the future. The cost is on a sliding scale – based on a rater’s annual number of ratings.

Modeling Software

The WSU Energy Program offers annual sublicenses for two of the home energy rating modeling software packages approved by RESNET® and used nationally -REM/Rate and Ekotrope.

Customize Technical Support

Even well-trained raters will have occasional questions about all the programs, inspection techniques, performance testing equipment, and national standards, as well as questions on their current inspection and modeling. The WSU Energy Program provides this at no additional cost to raters under our providership.

Rater Credentials

All RESNET®-certified raters are required to earn 18 Professional Development Credits during each 3-year RESNET® certification period. These are earned by attending training events and conferences offering RESNET® approved courses. Raters are also required to recalibrate their performance testing equipment biannually. We help track and support both of these activities.

Trainings

The WSU Energy Program provides online and in person trainings to help people become certified home energy raters and then to expand their careers with additional certifications. For more information about upcoming trainings click here. Our certified instructor has the expertise and broad experience to provide raters with a solid background in understanding building science and the latest technologies used for improving and measuring a home’s energy efficiency. The WSU Energy Program is currently in the process of developing a wide range of online self-paced training classes.

RESNET® HERS Training

For anyone with an interest in learning how to become a RESNET home energy rater that is certified to provide an official energy efficiency score and national certifications, this training is the first step. The trainings cover how to inspect and evaluate a home’s energy features, prepare home energy rating models, and make recommendations for improvements that save the homeowner energy and money. HERS is a nationally-recognized rating certification program and is a prerequisite for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR®, Indoor airPLUS®, and other certification programs.

  • This training is required prior to taking the three RESNET® exams and becoming a RESNET®-certified probationary rater.
  • This involves two days of training followed by a half day for a proctored exam and any additional instruction needed.

Topics covered include:

  • Fundamentals of residential building science
  • RESNET® standards and procedures
  • Floor plan take offs and calculators
  • Use of REM/Rate™ and Ekotrope modeling tools
  • Diagnostic tools and testing
  • Introduction to applicable software
  • An overview of the many home energy certification programs available for certified raters so that they can consider offering more options to their clients

ENERGY STAR® Single Family New Construction

For any home energy raters who have not been through the ENERGY STAR® training for version 3, this covers the more advanced efficiency improvement techniques and materials.

  • This training is required to obtain ENERGY STAR® certification for rated homes.
  • It qualifies for 18 RESNET®-approved Professional Development Credits upon successful completion,
  • This involves two days of training, followed by a half day for a proctored exam and any additional instruction needed.

ENERGY STAR® New Construction Multifamily

For any home energy raters who have not been through the ENERGY STAR® New Construction Multi Family this training is important.

  • It is required to obtain ENERGY STAR® certification for rated homes.
  • Due to the COVID 19 situation, it is currently offered online through Zoom.
  • It qualifies for 18 RESNET®-approved Professional Development Credits upon successful completion.
  • This involves two days of training followed by a half day for a proctored exam and any additional instruction needed.

Information and Registration

For additional information, email us at: NWRater@Energy.WSU.edu

To register for a training, please complete and email the following information:

  • Name(s) of all attendees
  • Organization
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Name of training
  • Number of attendees

      

About Us

WSU Background

The WSU Energy Program has over four decades of strong experience in energy efficiency research, programs, and technologies for the residential sector, as well as other sectors (commercial, institutional, and industrial), including:

  • Trainings
  • Developing publications and software tools
  • Performing energy audits, including advanced energy performance modeling
  • Field research
  • New and emerging technology assessments
  • Regional and national technical support hotlines

The WSU Energy Program has served as a RESNET® Provider since 2005, supporting dozens of home energy raters in the four Northwest states that submitted many thousands of ratings.

Pricing

Unlike many other providers, we have no annual fee for raters in our providership. For raters in the Pacific Northwest, file QAs are free and the cost for field QAs vary - based on a rater’s annual number of ratings and travel distances. Raters only pay a nominal fee for rating reviews, an annual fee for a modeling software sublicense, and for any trainings.

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