"Allison [Bailes] is a great instructor. He teaches from a position of understanding how people learn as well as having used the practical applications he is presenting. Academia can teach, but having an academic person with practical and real experience is always better."

— J. Kaye, Hilton Head, SC

“Allison Bailes is a wonderful teacher who has clearly spent a lot of time developing his teaching methods. He is very knowledgeable on the subject and is friendly and personable.” 

— R. Oglesby, Athens, GA

"Allison is an expert in his field, a very effective and accessible trainer, and an all-around great guy."

— J. Reid, Atlanta, GA

Your Instructor

Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, president of Energy Vanguard
Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, president of Energy Vanguard, building science guru, energy geek, juggler

ENERGY STAR Homes Training

Training for ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3

Version 3 of the ENERGY STAR  New Homes Program contains some big changes. If you're a home energy rater, builder, or trade contractor (especially HVAC and insulation) who works on ENERGY STAR homes, you need to be aware of what's coming:

  • Lower HERS Index
  • 4 checklists instead of 1
  • Grade I insulation installation (or continuous insulation plus Grade II)
  • Mechanical ventilation
2012 is a transition year as Version 2.5 implements some but not all of the changes. After 1 July 2012, only version 3 is available.


Energy Vanguard is offering two different classes to prepare stakeholders to be able to meet the new requirements.

HERS Raters & Providers - This 2 day class will be required of all ENERGY STAR Rater Partners and will cover all the new protocols for qualifying homes for the ENERGY STAR label.

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