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RESNET Enters into Strategic Alliance with Int’l Jugglers Association

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RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IJA, the International Jugglers Association. The goal of the MOU with IJA is to promote the creation of new requirements, certifications, equipment sales, and training classes for home energy raters in the U.S.

Both organizations found the alliance to be practically a necessity when RESNET discovered an organization with which it had not yet signed an MOU and the jugglers, being easy-going folks, said, ‘Sure, why not.’ RESNET came to the realization when a HERS rater spoke of having to ‘juggle’ the many different standards and certifications and ‘balance’ the needs of their customers with their own ability to stay in business. It was, as they say, one of those aha moments.

“With all of the MOUs we’ve signed in the past year, we were sure that we’d gotten at least one with every organization possible,” explained Beave Staden, RESNET spokesperson. “Then we discovered IJA and quickly moved forward to seal the deal.”

The strategic alliance will result in a new designation that home energy raters will be required to attain: Home Energy Juggler. The HEJ test will include a field portion requiring HEJ candidates to demonstrate a solid 3 ball cascade and at least two 3 ball tricks.

RESNET accredited HERS training providers and HERS rating providers can add this accreditation with a simple application as well as passing a test showing that HEJ trainers have a decent 5 ball pattern as well as the ability to pass clubs.

The MOU identifies the following areas of cooperation:

  • Support RESNET’s objective to sign MOUs at a blistering pace
  • Create a use for the thousands of balls made of used duct mask that raters create when testing for duct leakage
  • Having an IJA representative onBlower doors & jugglers - a match made in heaven the new RESNET Juggling Committee
  • IJA will encourage its jugglers to become RESNET Energy Smart Jugglers
  • Positioning Home Energy Raters to embrace juggling
  • IJA will have a presence at future RESNET Building Performance Conferences

IJA was founded in 1947 and puts on the best juggling festival in the US. For more information, see the IJA website.


Allison A. Bailes III, PhD is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the founder of Energy Vanguard in Decatur, Georgia. He has a doctorate in physics and writes the Energy Vanguard Blog. He also has a book on building science coming out in the summer of 2022. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.


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Juggler photo by geoftheref from, used under a Creative Commons license.


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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. The Germans have beat us to
    The Germans have beat us to the punch again. Two weeks ago, at ISH, a juggler was integral to a HVAC duct manufacturers exhibit.

  2. Finally – something that I
    Finally – something that I can do and bear fruit from. This is the most exciting advancement within our standards organizations to date. Thanks for the release and information. I look forward to becoming the leading HEJ in my area!!

  3. Jamie, you’re well positioned
    Jamie, you’re well positioned to be the leading HEJ not only in your area, but also in all of South Carolina and southeastern Georgia. With a photo of you passing clubs with me posted on the Energy Vanguard website, you’ve got a pretty strong claim to that title.

  4. Wait until the Int’l Plate
    Wait until the Int’l Plate Spinners Union finds out about this…

  5. Hopefully RESNET will not
    Hopefully RESNET will not rush to form an alliance with the Brotherhood of Mimes. Speakers at their conferences never have anything constructive to say and that white face paint gets all over everything.

  6. Late breaking news: a
    Late breaking news: a typographical error was discovered in Energy Vanguard’s announcement of RESNET’s new Strategic Alliance.  
    The text should read as follows: “RESNET enters into strategic alliance with Int’l JUGULAR Association.” 
    The details of the report proceed in the same vein. 
    Energy Vanguard regrets the error.

  7. When I first read the tag
    When I first read the tag line on Linkedin I thought “not again!”. Then once I read the actual blog I got a good laugh. But how sad is it that RESNET’s actions so far are so easily transparent as being sel-serving with little real benefit to its members? Sad enough for this type of satire to be relevant.

  8. If we use the duct mask balls
    If we use the duct mask balls, or “sticky balls”, as my wife calls them, then we may have some issues with tossing.

  9. I guess you’ve all figured it
    I guess you’ve all figured it out by now, but just in case anyone comes in here late and thinks this is real, just look at the date on the article. Happy April Fools’ Day!

  10. We’ve already put in our
    We’ve already put in our application to be a HEJ Training Provider. 
    Could you send me some pictures or video of us juggling at RESNET?

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