Got an axe to grind? Express yourself on the RESNET Standards!
If you are a HERS Rater (or even if you’re not and you’ve got an axe to grind) and you’ve ever moaned, griped, complained or whined about the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards; more commonly known as the RESNET Standard, now is your time to stand up and make your voice heard.
That’s right. Look here:
RESNET PROPOSES FIRST ANSI STANDARD FOR THE CALCULATION AND LABELING OF THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF LOW-RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS USING THE HERS INDEX (RESNET STANDARD 301-2012)
What’s that mean? It means you have a golden opportunity to make your voice heard in influencing the future RESNET Standard. You don’t have forever to do this. The deadline for comments is October 9th. That’s plenty of time to get your two cents of opinion (I know that most of you have at least three cents worth of opinion) in for consideration.
I suggest coming with good, sound, well-reasoned arguments. I’m not on the committee, but I’m guessing that opinion without foundation, poorly reasoned arguments, half-truths, self-serving positions and other such folderol will not make it past the committee. Of course, it’s a public comment period, so you can, of course, do as you wish.
Here is the link to get started: http://www.resnet.us/professional/standards/proposed_consensus_standards
And here’s some further food for thought. This is a discussion on the RESNET LinkedIn group:
This discussion thread (scroll down), eventually gets to a topic regarding the RESNET Standard. David Butler, our esteemed colleague, who does a fantastic job of moderating the RESNET BPI Energy Audit and Home Performance group, also on LinkedIn, brings up a point of fact in the standard that seems ripe for change. Did you know that you don’t have to perform a blower door test or do duct leakage testing to have a valid HERS Rating? It’s true, the Standard doesn’t require it. It is the purview of the HERS Provider to create such a requirement.
Truth be told, I don’t know any HERS Providers that do so. At the same time, I don’t know any Raters that use this loophole, but it’s there and it seems like an excellent time to fill that hole. The reality is that RESNET Rating compliant software imposes a penalty if you choose not to test. However, those penalties aren’t as severe as you might think. I firmly believe that blower door testing should always be required for a valid HERS Rating. I’m comfortable with the current requirements for duct leakage testing (I’m well aware of the debate around the issue).
I’d like to make a final point that I believe does get lost in the discussion. The Standard is like code in the sense that it is a MINIMUM. Providers can always set higher standards for anything that they believe merits such. However, I believe we do all want a Standard that sets an appropriate and defensible minimum set of expectations.
What do you think?
And don’t forget… October 9th. This is like voting in an election folks. You probably ought not complain if you don’t speak up.