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RESTalk, produced by RESNET.us is the best way to stay up-to-date on everything going on in the world of Home Energy Ratings (HERS), including initiatives, standards, marketing, and more.

Hosted by building performance veteran Bill Spohn, the show features interviews with the RESNET team and prominent guests from throughout the rating and home building industries, discussing a wide range of topics, current events and new technologies.

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RESTalk, produced by RESNET.us is the best way to stay up-to-date on everything going on in the world of Home Energy Ratings (HERS), including initiatives, standards, marketing, and more.

Hosted by building performance veteran Bill Spohn, the show features interviews with the RESNET team and prominent guests from throughout the rating and home building industries, discussing a wide range of topics, current events and new technologies.

    EP 79 California Dreamin’ Collaboration Between RESNET and California Rating Providers on HERS-H2O with Ryan Meres and Russ King

    EP 79 California Dreamin’ Collaboration Between RESNET and California Rating Providers on HERS-H2O with Ryan Meres and Russ King

    “The key to everything is patience. 
    You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”
    -Arnold H. Glasgow 
     
    The ANSI/RESNET/ICC Standard 850 was developed over the course of years via consensus input from over 75 organizations.
    The standard was first issued in 2020 and is now seeing increasing use.
    Several steps needed to take place before the California Energy Commission’s accredited rating providers were approved by RESNET as HERS-H2O providers. 
    At the same time, the demand for the H2O rating service had to be built along with the ability to provide the service itself.
     
    We are joined today by Russ King (Sr. Director of Technical Services for CalCERTS, Inc) and Ryan Meres (Program Director for RESNET) to learn more about the rollout of HERS H2O in California.
    Ryan shares background on the HERS H2O Standard and how it is being used to achieve the EPA Water Sense Label along with RESNET’s efforts to get the standard recognized as a compliance method for California’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO).  
     
    Russ describes for us the CalCERTS network of California HERS Raters and how they can get certified for H2O and WaterSense through CalCERTS.
    Russ and Ryan will improve your understanding of the topic leveraging their extensive and diverse backgrounds.
    Learn more on how this all works at www.calcerts.com/water/ Also, inquiries can be sent to training@calcerts.com 
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
    Pros can learn more at www.RESNET.us/professional 
    Consumers can learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 26 min
    EP 78 RESNET 2022 Conference- Into The Future with Emma Bennett & Steve Baden (RESNET)

    EP 78 RESNET 2022 Conference- Into The Future with Emma Bennett & Steve Baden (RESNET)

    “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”
    -Steve Jobs 
     
    Events of the last year or so have it made it challenging for organizations to host live events. 
    Many events, including the RESNET Conference went to a virtual format in 2021.
    What will the future hold for conferences in 2022?
    What will upcoming conferences look like? 
    Will connecting the dots of the past conferences help us to know?
     
    Steve Baden and Emma Bennett join us to describe the plans for the 2022 RESNET Conference.
     
    We learn how the decision was made to deliver in a hybrid mode; that is both in person and virtual, as well as what a “hybrid event” looks like in detail. 
     
    As we explore the conference theme - Into the Future – we also hear how participant health and safety is stressed and will be considered
     
    To learn more, visit the RESNET home page and check under the conference drop down. Or follow the details in the RESNET newsletter or reach out to Emma at Conference@RESNET.us
     
    The event is scheduled for Feb 21-23, 2022 in Austin, TX- with room blocks open now.
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
    Pros can learn more at www.RESNET.us/professional 
    Consumers can learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 27 min
    EP 77 Taking Water Efficiency Efforts to New Heights with Jonah Schein (US EPA) & Ryan Meres (RESNET)

    EP 77 Taking Water Efficiency Efforts to New Heights with Jonah Schein (US EPA) & Ryan Meres (RESNET)

    “Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife
    are in fact plans to protect man.”
    -Stuart Udall 
     
    There’s no way around it. Water is essential to life.
    Water, like energy, is an environmental resource and requires (demands?) more attention from all. In fact, we’ve talked about water in 4 previous episodes of RESTALK over the last 4 years.
    How does the EPA WaterSense program address this topic?
    What are the updates in WaterSense Labeled Homes 2.0?
    How does the HERS H2O rating work?
     
    Seasoned water efficiency professional Jonah Schein (US EPA) and Ryan Meres (Program Director RESNET), return to the podcast to give us updates on the EPA WaterSense Labeled Homes V2.0 and HERS H2O programs. 
    Jonah and Ryan share their thoughts and help us learn more about:
    The move from a prescriptive to a performance-based approach How to handle projects that started using Version 1.0 The ease of access to proper training Why water is important to the building industry Catch up with the “backstory” via previous episodes of RESTalk: Episode 3 (2018), Bonus-1 (2019) and Episodes 50 & 62 from 2020.
    You can purchase the ANSI/RESNET/ICC Standard 850-2020 at the ICC Store:
    https://shop.iccsafe.org/ansi-resnet-icc-850-2020-standard-calculation-and-labeling-of-the-water-use-performance-of-one-and-two-family-dwellings-using-the-water-rating-index.html
    The standard can be viewed for free at this link: https://codes.iccsafe.org/codes/resnet-icc - just select "View as Basic" for a view only version of the standard. 
    For updated information on the RESNET HERSH20 program, visit:
    https://www.resnet.us/articles/resnet-rating-providers-and-raters-can-verify-epa-watersense-labeled-homes/
    You’ll find information on the EPA’s WaterSense program at https://www.epa.gov/watersense
     
    If you have access to the RESNET 2021 conference you can learn more about this topic in Sessions RES-12 and EPP-16.
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
     
    Pros can learn more at www.RESNET.us/professional 
    Consumers can learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 33 min
    EP76 Meet the 2021 RESNET Emerging Leadership Fellows with Stewart Soleman and Drew Lynch

    EP76 Meet the 2021 RESNET Emerging Leadership Fellows with Stewart Soleman and Drew Lynch

     “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”
    - J.P. Morgan 




    Starting off a career in a new or even a related industry can be challenging as there is so much to learn.
     
    It’s not often a newbie gets a chance for “a seat at the table” at an early stage in their career.
     
    What industry perspectives do RESNET’s Emerging Leaders in have?



    Join us as the 2021 RESNET Emerging Leadership Fellows Stewart Soleman and Drew Lynch share their thoughts and perspectives on the HERS industry.
     
    Both Drew and Stewart submitted applications for the contest and were both thrilled and pleased to be selected this year.
     
    RESNET’s Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) strives to engage the next generation of leaders in the ratings industry as many current HERS Raters approach retirement. 
     
    If you are interested in applying for next year’s ELC fellows program there are two simple requirements: 
    Be a HERS® professionals who wants to make a difference in the industry Have 5 years or less of experience as a HERS Rater  
    The fellowship winners receive:
    A 100% waiver on the next RESNET Building Performance Conference registration and automatic membership on the ELC.



    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
     
    Pros can learn more at www.RESNET.us/professional 
    Consumers can learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US
     

    • 22 min
    EP75: RESNET Proposal on Factoring in Energy to Mortgage Loans with Steve Baden

    EP75: RESNET Proposal on Factoring in Energy to Mortgage Loans with Steve Baden

     “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
    - Benjamin Franklin




    How important are mortgage loans to the home performance industry?
     
    What could be the impact on single family home buyers if home energy costs were factored into the mortgage payment?
     
    How does this process make energy efficient homes more affordable for families?
     
     
    Most homeowners have heard of the term PITI – the summary of costs in a mortgage payment – principle and interest on the loan plus property taxes and insurance.
     
    And most all of us know the cost of energy to run a household, and of the energy savings possible if best practices are followed.
     
    In todays’ podcast Steve Baden (RESNET) describes for us the proposal put forth by RESNET to incorporate Energy Savings (ES) into the “mortgage equation”. This transforms the equation to PITI-ES
     
    Interestingly, the main driver for this is simply education; no legislation is needed.
     
    Listen in to hear how this also impacts mortgage lenders, builders, and HERS Raters and how you can get more people interested in pursuing this.
     
    For more information see the policy white paper released by RESNET: www.bit.ly/RESNET-EnergyCosts
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
     
    Pros can learn more at www.RESNET.us/professional 
    Consumers can learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 25 min
    EP74: HERS ratings and the PEG Fannie Mae Green MBS Program with Matthew Cooper

    EP74: HERS ratings and the PEG Fannie Mae Green MBS Program with Matthew Cooper

    “We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can
    and should go hand in hand.”
    - Christopher Dodd




    How do the financial investment criteria of ESG- Environmental, Social & Governance – relate to the HERS rating world?
     
    What are FANNIE MAE Single Family Green Mortgage Backed Securities and what makes this program so unique?
     
    How could such a program help to elevate the recognition of HERS raters and the work they do?



    At long last, the HERS Index is breaking into the new homes mortgage market! 
     
    Matthew Cooper from PEG joins us to help explain this program launched by PEG, Fannie Mae, and Ekotrope.

    The program allows Fannie Mae to package ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes into distinguished socially responsible mortgage securities. 
     
    This is an important first step in moving toward better mortgages for better HERS Rated homes; this is likely to be a game changer for the industry.
     
    Matthew explains the background of this initiative, including timelines, how to participate, and what it means for your rating business.
     
    To learn more about the topic you can review the video on demand session (NAV-5) from the RESNET 2021 virtual conference site: RESNET.VirtualByVario.com or read up at the Fannie Mae site: http://www.bit.ly/GreenMBS You can also reach Matthew at mcooper@pegenv.com
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
     
    Pros can learn more at www.RESNET.us/professional 
    Consumers can learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US
     

    • 20 min

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