Attached as a PDF as well… REMP Proposal
Proposal to RESNET
Creation of new RESNET Acceditation:
Residential Energy Modeling Professional (REMP)
To provide a RESNET accreditation designed to meet the needs of the design community.
Over the past several years, we’ve trained a large number of design professionals as HERS Raters in lieu of an accreditation that would more adequately meet their needs. We estimate that approximately 20 to 30% of our students fall into this category. These individuals are seeking access to the knowledge base of a HERS Rater (i.e. building science, understanding diagnostic testing, etc.) and/or access to the HERS energy modeling tools.
These individuals are broadly covered by the following groups, though there are often unusual avenues that aren’t described here:
- Trade Sub-contractors
- Code officials
- Advocacy groups
By and large, these individuals have no desire or need to become HERS Raters. Yet they are compelled to take HERS Rater training in order to access the knowledge base and/or the software. It is an exercise in frustration for these individuals as they know they are taking training that isn’t going to meet their ultimate objective. We find that the training itself is appreciated and is largely relevant to the needs of students that are approaching the industry from a design perspective. However, subsequent requirements of the HERS Rater path are inappropriate for these groups.
We propose that a new accreditation be created, the Residential Energy Modeling Professional. The objective is to create a pathway for design professionals to participate with RESNET, HERS Providers and HERS Raters without following the Rater pathway, but their own pathway. This pathway can be easily adapted from the Rater pathway from both an educational and a Provider/Quality Assurance perspective. In the short term, we believe that the same training and same test can be used. However, the subsequent accreditation requirements would be different. For example, probationary ratings would all be Projected Ratings. The HERS Providers could provide software access as they currently do without providing Print permissions. This would allow the design professionals to “design to the index”. Quality assurance could be just as it is for HERS Raters, but without the requirement for on-site verification.
There are manifold benefits for the industry as a whole.
- Greater adoption and exposure of the HERS Index. The ability for design professionals to “design to” the HERS Index should drive even greater exposure to and consequent adoption of the use of the index. The more parties that use and consider the HERS index as part of their design process the more widespread will be acceptance and understanding of the index.
- Greater understanding of building science and related issues. The ability to train design professionals to an accreditation that is appropriate for them will drive greater penetration of basic building science training across a wide-range of our industry stakeholders.
- Additional training opportunities for HERS Training Providers. This designation will give training organizations an appropriate tool to market to new and formerly reluctant audiences.
- Better design processes for parties involved in designing homes. Currently, design professionals can’t access the HERS index and thus have to engage in a costly and time-consuming iterative process with HERS Raters. This proposal would demonstrate RESNET’s commitment to stakeholder needs and sensitivity to the cost of conducting energy ratings. Most design professionals are highly trained and with proper training are more than qualified to perform modeling on their own projects.
- An additional revenue stream would be opened for RESNET. Design professionals and others who currently are not involved or engaged with RESNET would be provided with a path for involvement that makes sense for their industry.
-The EnergyLogic Team
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