On June 13, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House bill 7147 into law. HB 7147 reforms the state’s law governing home energy ratings. The previous law cited organizations like the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Building Performance Institute (BPI), Commercial Energy Services Network (COMNET), and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) as the preferred rating systems in Florida. This new law no longer mentions these organizations but instead defines what an energy rating system is. In layman’s terms, what this means is that HERS Rater QA can be performed by any qualified organization!
What This Means for You
Many Floridians in the home performance industry believed that the previous law established a monopoly and prevented them from working with the organization of their choice. Now, there is greater flexibility for choosing a HERS Rater QA provider so long as the proper procedures and software are used.
Everblue entered and partnered with RATERusa, a nationally-approved RESNET Quality Assurance Provider. RATERusa has a license for the EnergyGauge software that is preferred in Florida. Everblue’s HERS Rater course is open to anyone in Florida interested in becoming a HERS Rater and utilizing RATERusa as their quality assurance rating provider going forward.
The RESNET HERS Rater Training and Certification package includes the live building science classroom training and hands-on field training needed to prepare for the RESNET HERS Rater exam. It also covers the new RESNET combustion safety standard.
We’re excited to now be offering our RESNET HERS Rater training and quality assurance services to Floridians. Give us a call at (800) 460-2575 if you have any questions about this opportunity or our RESNET training services.