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Posted by Allison Bailes on October 23, 2014
Certified home energy raters are going through the process of meeting RESNET's new combustion safety requirements this year, but word on the street is that many raters are procrastinating. "Only 45% of our raters have completed the requirements so far," said Energy Vanguard's lead trainer, Dr. Allison Bailes. "Another 13% have signed up for classes, but that still leaves 42% of our raters uncommitted. And that's despite my weekly haranguing!"
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 28, 2014
Energy Vanguard has put together an online CAZ training course to supplement the RESCAZ simulation and our in-person classes. For HERS raters who are also certified as BPI Building Analysts, the online course will satisfy RESNET's requirements. The video below is one part of our online CAZ training and tells HERS raters how to make the most of their practice time with RESCAZ, the online combustion safety simulation.
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Posted by Allison Bailes on August 7, 2014
Energy Vanguard's president, Dr. Allison Bailes, will teach a three-hour workshop called What You Need to Know About HVAC to Work with HVAC Pros at the Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Aimed at architects, engineers, builders, raters, and students, the session will cover:
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RESNET combustion safety & workscope development training for HERS raters
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 30, 2014
RESNET will require all HERS raters to be certified in combustion safety and work scope development. All new raters trained in 2014 will need to demonstrate those skills before they can be certified. Raters who were already certified prior to this year, as well as rater candidates coming into 2014, will need to add this to their certification before 2015. HERS raters who are also BPI-certified aren't completely exempt from the requirements but do get a special pass.
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What's this HERS rating thing I keep hearing about?
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 21, 2014
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RESNET combustion safety & workscope development training for HERS raters
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 15, 2014
RESNET, in case you haven't heard, will require† all HERS raters to be certified in combustion safety and work scope development. Yep. All new raters trained in 2014 will need to demonstrate those skills before they can be certified. Raters who were already certified prior to this year, as well as rater candidates coming into 2014, will need to add this to their certification before 2015. How does one do that?
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 14, 2013
Energy Vanguard's founder and president, Dr. Allison Bailes, is becoming a popular speaker at events in the field of building science, green building, and energy efficiency. To make it easier for you to find out when and where his upcoming speaking events are, we have created a special page on the Energy Vanguard website to list them all. The list also includes events that from the past, going back to the beginning of 2013.
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Alexander S. Bell, Building Science Associate and HVAC designer
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 7, 2013
Energy Vanguard has hired Alexander S. Bell to head the HVAC design team as well as to help with training, consulting, and quality assurance. Andy, as he is known, comes with two decades of home building experience, first with Casas por Cristo in Mexico and then with Habitat for Humanity in Alabama.
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Posted by Allison Bailes on July 29, 2013
The 2014 RESNET conference will be in Atlanta, where Energy Vanguard is based. Each year, RESNET asks for session proposals from those interested in attending the conference and then allows anyone to vote for the proposals they'd like to see at the conference. Jeffrey Sauls and Allison Bailes are listed on the seven proposals below and would like to ask for your votes for any or all of them.
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Learn more about the event.
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 19, 2013
E3 Innovate is hosting an event in Nashville this Friday called The Future of Building Is Now. Energy Vanguard's founder, Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, will give two presentations:
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Energy Vanguard Recognized with ENERGY STAR Leadership Award

Energy Vanguard is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2012 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award.  This award recognizes the important contribution Energy Vanguard has made to energy-efficient home construction and environmental protection by verifying nearly 300 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year. 

Jeffrey Sauls Passes RESNET QAD Test

Jeffrey Sauls, Energy Vanguard's Building Science Associate, passed the RESNET QAD test.Jeffrey Sauls, Energy Vanguard's new Building Science Associate, passed the RESNET Quality Assurance Designee (QAD) test today. All RESNET Quality Assurance Designees and HERS Trainers must pass this test as one step in the certification process. Once he has had five of his home energy ratings field-verified, he will be able to submit his application to RESNET to be certified as a QAD. Currently, only about 100 people are certified QADs nationwide.

Energy Vanguard to Teach First HERS Rater Class in Canada

John Godden of Clearsphere will be an assistant instructor in the first HERS rater training class in Canada.At the end of this month, Energy Vanguard's president and certified HERS trainer, Allison Bailes, will be heading to Toronto, Ontario to teach what is probably the first ever Home Energy Rater training class in Canada. The class will comprise online training modules, three days of classroom instruction, and then field work. The objective is to get students an initial certification that allows them to get started as HERS raters in Canada under the auspices of CRESNET, the Canadian Residential Energy Services Network.

Energy Vanguard Energy Ratings Accredited by RESNET as Sampling Provider

Energy Vanguard Energy Ratings is now a RESNET accredited HERS sampling provider.Energy Vanguard Energy Ratings (EVER), the home energy rating division of Energy Vanguard, is now a RESNET-accredited HERS sampling provider. What this means is that EVER's certified home energy raters can now offer more cost-effective home energy rating services on some projects because the sampling protocol allows HERS raters to rate one home out of a batch of homes rather than individually rating each home.

Energy Vanguard President Appointed to RESNET Quality Assurance Committee

Allison Bailes, founder and president of Energy Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, Energy Vanguard president, RESNET QA CommitteeVanguard, received notice this past week that he has been appointed to RESNET's Quality Assurance Committee. RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) is the non-profit organization that oversees the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), accrediting training and rating providers as well as developing and maintaining the standards for the industry. The QA committee is responsible for maintaining quality throughout the HERS rating process, from certifying raters to completing ratings.

Energy Vanguard Schedules Full Slate of 2011 Classes for HERS Raters

Energy Vanguard offers a full slate of training opportunities for HERS raters in 2011.After receiving accreditation from RESNET as a HERS Rater Training Provider, Energy Vanguard has moved quickly to establish itself as one of the leaders in the field. One resource we provide that is unparalleled among HERS trainers is our blog, written mainly by president Allison Bailes but with some excellent articles on energy efficient design by Chris Laumer-Giddens. Here's what others have said about it:

Energy Vanguard Publishes White Paper on ENERGY STAR Version 3

About two years in the making, ENERGY STAR Version 3 is in the home stretch to adoption. Starting with homes permitted on or after 1 April 2011, the new guidelines begin the transition to being fully required by 1 January 2012. Home energy raters, home builders, HVAC contractors, and insulation contractors will find the new requirements challenging:

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