Eastern Contractor Services
is a Qualified RESNET Contractor.
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization committed to helping homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
RESNET is responsible for creating the national training and certification standards for HERS Raters and Home Energy Survey Professionals, both of which are recognized by federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry.
In order to qualify for RESNET certification, home energy professionals must first complete the rigorous training required to meet the high standards of excellence demanded by RESNET and agree to abide by the RESNET Code of Conduct.
On the RESNET website you can:
- Learn about energy audits and ratings, and how they work
- Search the RESNET directory to find qualified Home Energy Professionals
- Get information on how to increase your home comfort and save money by being energy efficient RESNET is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative.
What is The Residential Energy Services Network?
The Residential Energy Services Network or RESNET is a not-for-profit, membership corporation that is governed by a board of 17 (who are elected by membership).
RESNET is a recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States involving:
- A consensus based standard development and amendment process
- Transparent review and adoption process
- Formal public review and comment process
Who Recognizes RESNET’s Standards?
RESNET’s standards are recognized by a number of industry organizations and government bodies including:
- Builders for marketing the energy performance of their homes
- Contractors to tap the emerging retrofit market
- Federal government agencies:
- IRS for tax credit qualification
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for ENERGY STAR labeled homes
- U.S. Department of Energy for Building America and National Builders Challenge programs
How are RESNET Standards developed?
Any interested party can submit proposals for new or revised standards provisions. These will be reviewed by the appropriate RESNET Standing Committee, which will then forward a recommendation to the RESNET Board of Directors to:
- Accept the proposals as is
- Accept with modification
Proposed standards provisions are posted on the RESNET website for public comment for a minimum of 30 days, where public comments will be reconciled by the appropriate RESNET Standing Committee, with a recommendation to the RESNET Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors votes on the Standing Committee’s recommendation and the proposed standards provisions are then put before the RESNET Standards revision committee for approval or denial.
How are Home Energy Raters Certified?
The knowledge base and skill sets for Home Energy Raters are defined by RESNET standards and the training providers are all accredited by RESNET, including:
- Curricula approval
- Instructors that are certified by RESNET (must pass examination) All Home Energy Rater candidates must pass a national online test and perform 5 ratings under the supervision of certified RESNET Home Energy Rater. Only then can the Home Energy Rater candidate be certified by a RESNET accredited Rating Provider.
How does RESNET Provide for Quality Assurance Within the Rating Industry?
RESNET has certain procedures in place that ensure quality standards are being maintained, such as:
- Each Rating Provider must employ a certified Quality Assurance Designee
- The Quality Assurance Designee must independently verify internal consistency of a minimum 10% of all building input files
- The Quality Assurance Designee must independently field verify the accuracy of a minimum of 1% of each certified Raters’ homes
- RESNET monitors the Rating Providers compliance with quality assurance requirements