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Home Energy Rating defined
an Analysis of how efficient the home is functioning, a look at how a home is constructed and the equipment to be used.  Using plans and on-site inspections the energy efficiency of the home can be determined.  Energy efficiency software is needed to analyse the home's design thus creating a HERS Index.  HERS Raters are certified by training providers who are accredited by RESNET and authorized to inspect and test homes to evaluate the minimum rated features according to the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standard (Working Copy).  Using Energy Star Approved Annalysis Software the HERS rater produces reports which includes the HERS Index.  
The HERS Index: The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home's HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.
Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the HERS Reference Home. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient.1
Foot Note: HERS Index definition taken from RESNET?s Website on Home Energy Rating Page

Modular and Manufacturers
To Get Started:
1) Complete the Program Registration form, be sure to Select any and all Programs you wish to participate in. 
2) Become an RESNET Partner by completing the Builder 'MOU' (Memorandum of Understanding).
      Please keep in mind that you must complete two HERS Ratings before you are considered an Active Partner.
3) Select a Plant Certifier, you can see the Approved TRA Modular Plant Certifier List
      In Selecting Plant Certifier they must be Approved by TRA Certification. 
4) Select a Unit Rater, you can see the Approved TRA Modular Unit Rater List     
      In Selecting Unit Rater they must be Approved by TRA Certification. 
          How to become a Unit Rater
Call TRA @ 800-398-9282 FREE or eMail  

Frequently Asked questions:
1)  What are the Certifier's responsibilities?
2)  What are the Rater's responsibilities?
3)  What are the builder's responsibilities?
        a. Become an RESNET Partner complete Builder MOU ... Reference #2 above
        b. Get Educated on Energy Star and energy saving equipment.
        c. Hire a Site Rater 
        d. Submit: Building Profile, Plans, & Specifications
4)   How do I get more info or receive a Call on Home Energy Ratings?
        eMail this Inquiry Record

Energy Star for Modular Manufacturers Requirement Adjustment

EPA has clarified the program implementation timeline to specify that all modular homes may be qualified under Version 2.5 of the ENERGY STAR Certified Home program requirements through June 30, 2013. This includes modular homes certified through both the in-plant and HERS rating models.
This clarification is effective immediately and will be reflected in the next update of the ENERGY STAR Certified Home Policy Record, which will be posted at: 
Plant Certifier Resources:
 How to:
   Report Green Capable Label Usage - Placement of Label on homes     
Additional Forms Relating to this program: (See "Select a Certifier", 'Rater' above)
    Modular Certifier Application  TRA Approval Required
Modular Rater Application  TRA Approval Required
    Appendix A - Certifiers & Raters: detailed qualifications & responsibilities

HERS Home Enegy Rating Program Links:
   HERS (TRA) Program Process Chart          
   Home Enrgy Rating '5 Star' Certifcate (HERC)      
   Home Energy Performance Certificate   
   HERS 'Sample PROJECTED Label'    
   HERS 'Sample CONFIRMED Label'          
   RESNET Home Energy Rating Link    
   HERS Rater Document Submission Checklist            
Additional Resources:  
   On-Site Inspection Procedure "Appendix A" of RESNET Standard for Quality  (Working Copy Version)
         Page 143-183 (taken from Full Standard above)     
   RESNET Link for verification of newest version of Standard    
   To become a Home Energy Builder RESNET Partner
   To become an Energy Star Partner      
   RESNET Listing    
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