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HERS rater class Blower Door instruction
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 28, 2010
Yesterday I gave some general advice about how to choose a HERS rater training class, and one of suggestions I made was to contact former students of each HERS training provider you're considering. Testimonials in the trainer's marketing materials may be helpful, but you'll get a much better...
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HERS rater training class, Duct Blaster field test
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 27, 2010
In the past couple of years, the number of organizations offering some kind of training or certification for home energy auditors or home energy raters has grown rapidly. As I've discussed here before, some energy auditor certifications are scams, and only two certifications really matter: HERS and...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on July 19, 2010
Energy Vanguard Energy Ratings (EVER) has been a RESNET accredited Home Energy Rating Provider since April 2009. In that time, more than 3 dozen raters have signed up with us to get their certification. Currently, we have 21 certified home energy raters, with a couple more about to certified this...
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HERS rater test, students with laptops
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 13, 2010
Yesterday I wrote about whether or not HERS rater training is a scam. In the forum where I saw a rater venting about his experience, there were pages and pages of comments, and another complaint that emerged in the thread was that the national HERS rater test is too difficult.
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HERS rater training scam
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 12, 2010
I did a search the other day on the term “HERS rater test scam” because I got to thinking about a forum I’d run across a while back. Someone who took the HERS rater class was ranting about RESNET and the whole HERS rater training industry being a scam.
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HERS rater class with Allison Bailes, teaching Duct Blaster
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 2, 2010
Yesterday was an exciting day at Energy Vanguard. Chris and I worked really hard in May to finish up and submit our application for Energy Vanguard to become a HERS rater training provider, and yesterday the answer arrived. RESNET informed us that we got the accreditation we sought and could begin...
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What's this HERS rating thing I keep hearing about?
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 16, 2010
My company is a HERS rating provider, and there are a lot of duties and responsibilities that go along with that. This morning, Chris and I are heading out for a three day trip to Hilton Head and Charleston, South Carolina to wrap up the certification process for four of our home energy raters....
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Posted by EV Staff on June 4, 2010
A few weeks ago, my uncle, John, called me up and asked if I could design the house where he and his future wife would spend the rest of their lives. Like many people, he wants to save money on the construction costs and the energy bills. “No problem,” I said. 
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green jobs learning while doing
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 2, 2010
Think about the best learning experience of your life. Maybe it was learning how to do your job, whether you're a carpenter, an architect, or a lawyer. Perhaps it was building a business. (That requires an insane amount of study and learning; I can tell you from personal experience.) Or maybe it...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on May 28, 2010
It's Friday, and I'm in the mood for something light and fun today after just completing a major project yesterday. I finished up our application to become a HERS training provider and submitted it to RESNET! It looks like our first HERS rater class will be in mid-August, and I'm really excited...
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