Note: The Michigan Works program is no longer available. However, Everblue does still offer RESNET HERS Rater training for those who live and work in Michigan!
We’re excited to announce that Everblue’s RESNET HERS Rater Training program has been approved by Michigan Works! for individual training. Michigan Works! provides services and support to Michigan’s Workforce Development System. Through the association, members can participate in timely and relevant professional development events to enhance their job skills and career opportunities.
Why Michigan Builders & Contractors Are Seeking HERS Rater Training Now
The Michigan Residential Code Review Committee voted to approve a new statewide building energy code based on the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, with some modifications.
One of the most important changes to the Michigan building code is the requirement for tighter duct systems verified with diagnostic tests. In layman’s terms, builders and contractors must be qualified to air-seal duct systems to prevent unwanted movement of air into and out of the home. These professionals must also be able to perform testing to show improvement of these air-sealing measures.
Because of these changes, builders and contractors are pursuing energy efficiency training so that they can become certified energy auditors with a HERS Rater certification or BPI Certification. Both the RESNET standards and BPI standards equip professionals with the technical knowledge to perform air leakage testing with a blower door and duct blaster.
How the New Michigan Building Code Will Save Energy
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) analyzed the economic potential of adopting the 2015 IECC, with the Michigan-specific modifications. They found that a newly constructed 2,400 square foot home in Detroit would use an average of 725 fewer kWh and 358 fewer therms per year if built to the 2015 IECC, as modified in Michigan, compared to the current energy code. This would result in the average homeowner saving around $320 annually in utility bills! It is important to note that these energy and cost savings will continue for the life of a building, which can be 50-100 years or more.
To best align your skills with Michigan’s new statewide energy code, consider becoming a HERS Rater and learning how to do duct testing. We offer HERS Rater training to help you prepare for the code’s launch. Get a head start today!