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:
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