RESNET® and ANSI

There is some confusion in our world about what it means to be “ANSI”.  RESNET is now an ANSI SDO, that is, an ANSI Standards Development Organization.  This is a really good development for us, but the reasons aren’t that obvious.  Here are some of the top reasons why ANSI recognition is good for you and RESNET.

  • Path toward recognition in the IECC – as an ANSI standard, it will be easier for the actual RESNET standards that are ANSI Standards (more on that below) to be adopted into code.  Instead of “Performance Path”, we could end up with a direct reference to the Standard.  This helps with code official recognition as well of course.
  • Easier recognition in legislation – the credibility that comes with being an ANSI standard makes it easier to be directly cited in legislation.
  • Easier to be adopted in financial instruments like EEM’s and whatever will come in the future.
  • Credibility with stakeholders – RESNET has a large and increasing number of stakeholders.  ANSI accreditation provides those stakeholders with an increased level  of security and confidence in trusting our work on their behalf.
  • Transparency – ANSI accreditation mandates a particular set of procedures and methods.  Conforming to these protocols for ANSI standards makes our process inherently more transparent and predictable.

One very important point is that not all of the RESNET Standard will become ANSI standards.  The first ANSI Standard will be the new Chapter 8 from the RESNET standard.  I heard a lot of concern at the RESNET conference over this issue.  I feel this is the best of both worlds.  RESNET will continue to develop new and relevant standards.  As they mature and when it’s appropriate, they can be submitted into ANSI.  We maintain responsiveness and resilience while still reaping the benefits listed above.

 

Exciting New Tool from Building America On Its Way

There were a variety of sessions at RESNET that were worth attending, but the Builder’s Challenge v2 session was among the most interesting.  Sam Rashkin (formerly Mr. ENERGY STAR) was the presenter and he has served the Builder’s Challenge Program well.  One of the first things he did when he made the transition into the Builder’s Challenge program was taking the wealth of resources collected in years of research in through Building America and condensing it into a user friendly Resource Tool that is scheduled to roll out November of this year.

The Resource Tool will include a “Mobile Field Kit” that will act like a shopping cart (without the cost) for raters and builders to build a kit with guides and technical resources specfic to any number of variations in home design.  The goal is that the rater, builder, and/or designer could build a custom kit with illustrated guides and resources on best practices for building the various components within that house.  The convenience of it all is that the rater or builder will be able pull up these illustrated guides on the internet mobile device of their choice (iPad, field computer, etc.) for use in on site training.

EnergyLogic has always felt that HERS Rater’s are in the business of sharing information and I’m excited about the potential that the Builder’s Challenge Resource Tool and Mobile Field Kit could provide in the ease of sharing information on site.

Stay tuned for the Tool Kits, but if you have some spare time check out their current resources:

http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/challenge/technical_resources.html

Glenn Pease

Energy Professional Services

Technical Lead

Winners!

We’re back from RESNET and we had heck of a good time along with being very productive.  I’ll be writing a RESNET 2012 Roundup soon, however we can let you know about who won things at the show.

  • iPad2 Drawing – Craig Craft from TRAA won, enjoy some Angry Birds!
  • Mentoring, Coaching, Energy Rater Therapy – two winners
    • Kim Stein – In the Now… For the Future
    • Eric Powell  – Cornerstone Energy Conservation Services

I look forward to working with each of them on their respective businesses.

-Steve