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Get Trained for Florida’s New Certified Rating Program


Last month I told you about the new certified rating and code compliance program that’s launching in Florida. I mentioned there will be a training for it at the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) in Orlando this month. And now I have the details. If this is something you might be interested in, here’s what you need to know.


26 July 2017
12 pm to 5 pm


Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Kissimmee, Florida




Allison Bailes and Jeffrey Sauls  (Yep. That’s us.)

Is this class for me?

This program is ideal for people who already have a credential related to the certificates being offered in the new program. Those include infiltration testing, duct leakage testing, energy code performance path modeling, water efficiency testing, and similar code related metrics. If you’re a RESNET certified HERS rater, BPI certified in Infiltration & Duct Leakage (IDL), or a BPI Building Analyst, this program could provide expanded revenue streams for your business.

How do I sign up?

Go to the SEBC registration page and follow this path:

  1. Start with “Click Here to Register”
  2. Then click “Start a new registration”(unless you’ve already registered)
  3. Select “Expo & Education Pass” or “Special Events Only”
  4. Select “FHBA – Sponsored Certified Rating Program – Onboard Training” in the special events section

That should get you in. The training is in less than two weeks and seating is limited so you I suggest doing this soon if you’re interested. There’s no capacity is to move to a bigger room if we sell out.

If you’re just interested in finding out more about the program, sign up for the SEBC trade show and look for the Triconic booth (#1334). They’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and will also have representatives from UL, Intertek, Florida Water Star, and Green Builder Coalition. There’s also an FAQ on their website that gives more detail.

Oh, and you may notice something else in the special events section of the SEBC registration – a pub crawl. Jeffrey and I will both be doing that. I hope you can join us, for one part of all parts of what I’ve discussed here.

And a special offer. If you want to come to the trade show and ask questions, you can use the following code to register for free:  INVITESEBC17.

See you in Florida!

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  1. Is there a course outline,
    Is there a course outline, syllabus or agenda linked anywhere?

    It sounds interesting, but I’m intrinsically skeptical of green initiatives sponsored by big home builder associations. It can’t help but smack of “green washing”

    One key word jumped out at me in the FAHB press release – “reasonable” as in builders want reasonable standards…

    I translate that to “give me something that makes the home about 1% more efficient than code minimum. I gotta be able to implement it for less than $50 per house. You can be sure I’ll then invest $500 per house in marketing and publicity crowing about earning / certifying to this new above-code rating”

    [Insert splashy neon green certificate logo here…and here…and here]

    1. Curt, we should have the

      Curt, we should have the agenda ready next week. I’ll let you know when it’s available.

      One clarification: This isn’t an above-code program. It’s a rating and certification program. If a builder needs a compliance certificate or a certified blower door or duct leakage test or verification for a program like Florida Water Star, this new program does that. Levels of efficiency are decided on by code or program officials.

      If you’re having doubts about the class, just come to the show and ask questions.

  2. I look forward to the class
    I look forward to the class and meeting you in person, Allison. Working with the builders rather than adversarially is long overdue, in my humble opinion.

    1. Hmmm…sounds interesting.
      Hmmm…sounds interesting. Not sure about the show…Its HVAC busy season. We are at an intersection of normally high temperatures and gloriously high dewpoints – mid 70s day and day out. Building science is quite suddenly no longer theoretical for several builders and clients:

      “You do recall our email back in February recommending retesting that spray foam job?… The afternoon showers now occurring in the commode closet are directly related to the neon pink circles our guys made around the gaps in the foam job…”

  3. Hey Allison, if you’re
    Hey Allison, if you’re teaching from Krigger & Dorsi Residential Energy 6th edition (or earlier) you might want to remedy the wrongs on p. 212 regarding central air conditioning efficiency. It’s a surprise to find the Federal minimum standards of 1992 (SEER 10.0) are still referenced there as if current, with example of replacing a SEER 6 with a SEER 12, etc…The section on SEER lookup needs a helpful reference to AHRI (online lookup). The discussion of SHF in humid climates needs one more thing: where to lookup SHF.

    1. Bob, no, we’re not using that

      Bob, no, we’re not using that book in the training. I grabbed a 6 year old photo from one of our early HERS rater classes for the article, which is why you see it there.

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