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BER Awarded 2020 ENERGY STAR Market Leader Award

Building Efficiency Resources (BER) has earned an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award in recognition of its continued commitment to providing our nation’s homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes. This award recognizes BER’s work in promoting energy-efficient construction and helping homebuyers experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that come with living…
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BER Recognized as EPA Multifamily Review Organization

BER is proud to announce that we have been recognized by the EPA as a Multifamily Review Organization (MRO)!  We are one of only four organizations nationwide holding this designation. An MRO is a third-party organization recognized by the EPA to provide oversight for multifamily projects pursuing certification under the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High-Rise program…
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BER Announces LEED for Homes Provider Accreditation!

BER is proud to announce that we are now a USGBC accredited LEED for Homes (LFH) Provider! As part of our commitment to providing industry-leading services, support and education, this newly added accreditation will aid us in furthering our mission by bringing both Provider categories under one roof. This will allow BER to offer streamlined…
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The Missing Element in all Energy Audits: ZEB Audits and the HERS Index Solution

Back To Articles by John B. Unger Murphy – June 13, 2012   I am in business to help people.  Our country has well over 130 million existing housing units of which over 91 million are single homes, and 10’s of millions more are multi-family, commercial and industrial buildings.  Imagine the decades of work and…
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New Professional Support Services Being Offered by the BER

Back To Articles The BER is proud to announce that we are now offering a variety of new Professional Support Services to our Rater members. These innovative and helpful services are tailored to improving the professional representation of our Raters to their clients, and to help streamline their businesses so that they can focus on what they…
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The Five Ws of RESNET Quality Assurance

Back To Articles By Chris McTaggart   For RESNET Rating providers like The BER, March marks one of the most important times of the year. It is the time when we begin to submit the past year’s Quality Assurance (QA) results to RESNET for review.   For some Raters, the RESNET QA process may seem…
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Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) and Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs)

Back To Articles By Ed Voytovich   We know that new home construction numbers are a function of the economy, and we’ve noticed as well that the economy is off the fairway and into the rough. At the same time, the value of building performance and energy efficiency is beginning to be recognized (even if…
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RESNET Sampling and What It Can Do For You

Back To Articles By Eurihea Speciale   For Raters who are providing verification services for large housing developments or multifamily buildings, using the RESNET Sampling process to provide program verification for energy efficiency programs (EEPs) such as ENERGY STAR®, LEED for Homes®, and others can save both the Rater and builder time and money. The…
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Legal Risk: Ways to Reduce your Liability as a HERS Rater

Back To Articles By Eurihea Speciale   Every good business plan should contain a risk management plan. A risk management plan should not only identify potential risks in the market, but also risks generated from the ever increasing number of legal liabilities inherent in the modern construction industry. In today’s litigious business environment, it is…
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Construction Corner: Heads Up! CSST Hazard!

Back To Articles Please take a look at this report of a successful lawsuit against a manufacturer of CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) for damages resulting from an indirect lightning strike.   If you’ve ever run black pipe to deliver natural gas to a combustion appliance such as a furnace or water heater, you won’t have any trouble…
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BER HERS Sampling Provider

Back To Articles The BER is excited to announce that we are an RESNET-accredited Sampling Provider! Through utilizing the HERS Sampling process, HERS Raters can streamline the certification process for large projects, such as multifamily apartment/condo buildings, military housing developments, or single-family subdivisions that are pursuing ENERGY STAR, LEED for Homes, or other  energy efficiency…
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Modeling Basements: Conditioned vs. Unconditioned

Back To Articles By Eurihea Speciale When trying to decide how to model basements, the lines of distinction between what constitutes a conditioned vs. unconditioned basement can appear somewhat blurred. Also, once you come to the conclusion that your basement is in fact conditioned, then you must answer the question of whether or not to…
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What Is HERS Sampling?

Back To Articles Sampling is intended to meet the needs of large scale single and multifamily projects. Using the BER sampling process, large groups of homes can be certified with a fraction of the modeling, testing and inspections normally required to certify/qualify projects under energy efficient programs such as ENERGY STAR and LEED for Homes…
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What is an Accredited Rating Provider?

Back To Articles In order to provide consistent and quality ratings, RESNET has implemented a mandatory quality assurance program for all raters. The Rating Provider is responsible for implementing RESNET’s quality assurance requirements. Raters submit ratings to their Provider for review and archiving. The provider performs an in-office review of a sample of submitted ratings…
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What is an ENERGY STAR® Home?

Back To Articles ENERGY STAR is the government-backed program that helps us all save money and protect our environment with energy-efficient products and practices. Whether you are looking to replace old appliances, remodel your home, or buy a new house, ENERGY STAR can help. More than 60 types of products, including appliances, televisions, computers, heating…
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What is the RESNET HERS Index?

Back To Articles The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index…
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