We, at ENERGYGURU, provide Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and Energy Star rating services to rate the efficiency of your home, identify cost-effective energy improvements and secure additional financing for improvements.
A Home Energy Rating is a measurement of a home’s energy efficiency, used primarily in the United States. Home energy ratings can be used for either existing or new homes. A home energy rating of an existing home allows a homeowner to receive a report listing any options for upgrading a home’s energy efficiency. The homeowners may then use the report to determine the most effective ways in which to upgrade the home’s energy efficiency. A home energy rating of a new home allows buyers to compare the energy efficiency of homes they are considering buying.
To provide Home Energy Ratings, individuals must attend a series of special HERS Rater training program and pass the national rater test. The industry standard for HERS training is a 40 hour course that spans between 5 and 10 days although some trainers offer self paced online programs. Students learn the basics of building science, proper use of duct blaster and blower door equipment, RESNET standards, and mortgage related information.
In 2003 CalCERTS, Inc. was approved by the California Energy Commission to become a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Provider. The company's mission is to fill the growing need in the Energy Efficiency industry for a technically superior, yet customer-oriented HERS Provider. CalCERTS, Inc. is a private organization that provides service, support, training and certification to HERS raters. HERS raters are independent contractors who are either independently operated or who sub-contract to larger energy rating firms. Raters charge their customers for site ratings and pay a fee to CalCERTS, Inc. for processing the ratings and issuing certification. CalCERTS, Inc. has developed and owns its own software which is approved by the California Energy Commission and is utilized by the HERS rater to enter rating data. CalCERTS, Inc. maintains the computer based registry of data as a repository of information that can be accessed by the HERS rater, building departments, contractors and government agencies.