For those interested in energy efficiency, health, safety, and building durability, certified Home Energy Raters and Rating Field Inspectors are in high demand.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, USA, December 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The need for Certified Home Energy Raters (HERS* Raters) and Rating Field Inspectors (RFIs ) grows as people push toward making their homes healthy and energy efficient. The latest stimulus package includes extensions of Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credits and financial incentives for installing clean energy systems, such as solar photovoltaic/electric systems. People are interested; but need some guidance. The emergence of smart home control technologies and products showcase the demand for technically trained and certified energy professionals.
There are about 140 million housing units in the United States, most of which are in moderate to severe need of energy & healthy home upgrades. These jobs cannot be outsourced and require specialized training, tools, and certified individuals.
The newer energy and building codes require additional insulation, mechanical ventilation, and other modifications that involve multiple inspections. These energy code inspections can be performed on existing and new construction homes by certified HERS Raters and RFIs. Also, the emergence of the COVID 19 coronavirus has created a need for increased ventilation and filtration of interior air to keep the occupants healthy. HERS Raters and RFIs are trained to check for proper operation of ventilation and filtration equipment.
To become a Certified Home Energy Rater or RFI involves learning about building science, heating and cooling equipment and technologies, energy efficiency, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and more. Basic math skills, a desire to learn and an open mind are really all that is required to become a competent HERS Rater or RFI. Online, on-demand training is available to get started from RESNET accredited training organizations such as the EnergySmart Institute. The EnergySmart Institute has just updated all training to match the latest standards and requirements, but is keeping their pricing at the discounted 2020 rate used during the update for the first several weeks of 2021 to give prospective students a boost in getting started in a new career.
Once training is completed, the Rater or RFI must successfully pass online testing and simulation programs then complete a period of mentored probation; working on real houses and buildings. Those interested can start their career in less than a year. The work performed by Raters and RFIs is verified through strict quality assurance protocols. Continuing education and field work is required to maintain this certification.
This focus on technical expertise and accuracy is why HERS Raters and RFIs are used as third-party verifiers for programs such as ENERGY STAR for Homes, federal energy efficiency tax credits, energy code compliance, and energy mortgages. Energy mortgages have been available for decades from the secondary financial markets including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA-HUD, and the Veteran’s Administration or VA.
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Note: HERS* stands for “Home Energy Rating Systems”
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