Online Energy Modeling Training

Learn how to use energy modeling software, such as Ekotrope and REM/Rate, to analyze the energy efficiency of a proposed home.

This online course, which is included in our RESNET HERS Rater training program, will give you the energy modeling experience you need to begin satisfying your RESNET HERS Rater Certification requirements.

RESNET HERS Rater training

Get Energy Modeling Experience

All HERS Rater candidates are required to complete 5 energy models in order to get certified. In this training, you will complete 2 of your "probationary ratings" from the comfort of your home, with 3 to be supervised under your Quality Assurance Provider.
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1. Take Our Course

Our self-paced online program consists of several short video presentations. Simply follow along on your computer.
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2. Complete the Assignments

We've included two sets of building plans with measurements, giving you the opportunity to put the course content into practice.
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3. Sign Up for QA

Your RESNET Quality Assurance Provider will mentor, and ultimately certify, you after verifying that you've completed all of the requirements.

Quick Answers to Your Energy Modeling Questions

Who is this course intended for?

The course is ideal for home energy professionals committed to earning the esteemed RESNET HERS Rater Certification and/or becoming more proficient at energy modeling.

What is energy modeling?

Energy modeling is an analytical approach to evaluating home energy performance, using sophisticated computer software. Energy auditors and HERS Raters use energy modeling software to calculate the impact of suggested energy retrofit measures, estimate energy use of a new home, and/or determine the proper sizing of HVAC equipment. Energy modeling software takes into account home and equipment sizing data as well as local weather, construction materials, and thermal load data to predict resulting energy use, occupant comfort, and energy costs.

Which energy modeling software does this course cover?

This course covers energy modeling with Ekotrope software. You will receive a 14-day free trial to Ekotrope that you'll use to practice and complete the course assignments.

At what point during my HERS Rater Certification process should I complete this training?

First, you'll want to enroll in the full RESNET HERS Rater Training program (which includes this energy modeling course). When you log in, you'll want to complete the RESNET HERS Rater Standard Training and pass all of your certification exams. Then you'll complete the energy modeling training and sign up with a Quality Assurance Provider.