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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.

    EP82 Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems- ACCA/RESNET/ICC Standard 310 with Wes Davis and Scott Doyle

    EP82 Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems- ACCA/RESNET/ICC Standard 310 with Wes Davis and Scott Doyle

    “You can expect what you inspect.”
    -W. Edwards Deming 
     
    Which “appliance” in a house usually consumes the most energy?
    Which “appliance” in a house is constructed from multiple components that have never run before they are assembled on site?
    Wouldn’t it be great if a terrific installation of said “appliance” gained you some HERS points?
    (Forgive my relative misuse of the word appliance – I needed to get your attention.)
     
    We are joined today by Wes Davis (Director of Technical Services at ACCA) and Scott Doyle (Technical Director at RESNET) to learn more about the first voluntary standard for additional rated features – Standard 310, Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems.
    While the standard was just published in June 2020, you can jump back to RESTALK Episode 20 to hear more about the early days of the development of this standard.
    While HVAC defaults can be used in a rating, builders will be excited to learn that in some cases up to an additional six (6) points may be available for an HVAC system installation rated according to Standard 310.
    The standard evaluates five (5) key aspects of an HVAC system: Design Review, Total Duct Leakage, Blower Fan Airflow, Blower Fan Watt Draw and Proper Refrigerant Charge. There are usually a couple options for evaluation of each aspect.
    Each aspect can get a Grade 1,2, or 3, which of course affects the final system grade.
    Raters can expand their skills in this important area by taking part in the free 4.5-hour training program followed by a field practical assessment.
    You can get more background on or review a copy of the standard 310 at the links below:
    https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/ANSIRESNETACCA_310-2020_v7.1.pdf
     
    https://www.resnet.us/raters/hvac-310-grading/
     
    https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/DRAFT_RESNET_Std310HVACGrading_infographic_v01.pdf
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
    Learn more at www.RESNET.us/
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 34 min
    EP81 Stanley Martin Homes & PEG- A Successful Builder and Rating Company Partnership with DJ Lawson and Matthew Cooper

    EP81 Stanley Martin Homes & PEG- A Successful Builder and Rating Company Partnership with DJ Lawson and Matthew Cooper

    “Words are but the pictures of our thoughts.”
    -John Dryden 
     
    Stanley Martin Homes was founded in 1966 utilizing fresh new designs and continues to innovate today.
    They focus on people, via constant training and clear communications, including continual dialog with PEG, their partner rating firm.
    How do both companies benefit from a relationship such as this?
    What are some of the inner workings that are employed?
     
    We are pleased to welcome to RESTALK our guests DJ Lawson (Manager of Corporate Field Operations at Stanley Martin Homes) and Matthew Cooper (Senior Vice President at PEG).
    DJ and Matthew will share with us what it takes to develop a very successful builder/rating company partnership yielding high-quality, energy-efficient homes.
    With the emphasis on training, communication, and process that we hear about in the podcast, it is no surprise that Stanley Martin Homes was recently recognized as 2021 Builder of the Month by Builder Magazine.
    Matthew shares with us how the relationship started and blossomed while DJ describes some of the pointers that other builders can look for in a good “energy partner” like PEG.
    They also share a glimpse into some trends that may impact the future of residential construction.
    You can learn more about the Builder Magazine award and the two companies in the links below:
    https://www.stanleymartin.com/news/article/builder-magazine-names-stanley-martin-homes-the-2021-builder-of-the-year#
    www.StanleyMartin.com
    www.PEGenv.com
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
    Learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 24 min
    EP80 Maintaining HERS Software Consistency with Neal Kruis

    EP80 Maintaining HERS Software Consistency with Neal Kruis

    “A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.”
    -Segal’s Law 



    Consistency is important when it comes time to rely on…anything.
     
    A key to ensuring the quality of HERS ratings is the software calculation consistency of the HERS score. 
    Too often in the past, the same home could receive a different score based upon the software program being used.
    What actions has the RESNET Board taken to enhance the consistency of calculation of HERS Index Scores?
     
    Neal Kruis, Vice President of Big Ladder Software joins us on the RESTALK podcast to discuss his role as the RESNET Energy Modeling Director. With a doctoral degree in building systems engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder Neal has extensive experience with computational software for building energy analysis. Neal will act as the arbitrator of the Software Consistency Committee (SCC) established by the RESNET Board.
    Neal gives us a great overview of this very complex topic. He acknowledges that while the goal is not to be disruptive to the HERS Scoring process, the necessary improvements can be disruptive to an extent.
    To this end, bi-directional communication is the key. Below you find links to the real-world FAQS on this topic along with a link to a form to report software inconsistencies.
    Some of the other roles for the SCC include researching and identifying major drivers that cause inconsistency, as well as propose resolutions that will enhance consistency between software tools.
    Links discussed in the podcast:
    Reporting
    https://www1.resnet.us/consistency/?layout=1
     
    FAQs
    https://www.resnet.us/about/standards/committees/software-consistency-committee/software-consistency-frequently-asked-questions/
     
    Neal’s presentation from the 2019 RESNET Conference
    https://conference.resnet.us/data/energymeetings/presentations/Enhancing%20Consistency%20Kruis-SCC-20191.pdf
     
    RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
    Learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 28 min
    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.
    Learn more at www.RESNET.us/ 
    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.
    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.
    Learn more at www.RESNET.us
    Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at INFO@RESNET.US

    • 33 min

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Love this podcast!

This is such a great podcast. Bill is a excellent interviewer and keeps the listener understanding the topic when a guest goes a little deep, explains relevant topics, clears up misconceptions (like how ICC and RESNET intersect, and how the newer RESNET QA system is working to improve consistency and accuracy), and I love Bill’s fun “thought for the day” at the end of each episode. I have learned a lot and intend to listen to every one. Thank you RESNET for this insightful, educational, and inspirational podcast.

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