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3.1 Homes/1.1 MFNC Transition Update

Birds eye view of a new home under construction which shows walls filled with energy efficient foam insulation.

The EPA is continuing to review and evaluate comments received on the proposed Single-Family New Homes (SFNH) National Version 3.2 and Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) National Version 1.2 program requirements, as well as the proposed new Next Generation program. However, in the interest of providing partners with the maximum amount of time to prepare for the…

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3 Pathways to ENERGY STAR MFNC

A multi-level apartment building under construction.

We know the 3 pathways to ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction can be confusing, so as the Pro’s Pro, we are breaking it down. The BER Knowledge Base, accessible through the BER Portal, has more information on the 3 pathways. You can also check out this guide provided by ENERGY STAR. Work with BER as…

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Insulation Grading: Grade 1, Grade 2, or Somewhere In Between?

An article by Rural Builder, shared in a recent RESNET’s newsletter, offered advice to builders on how to achieve a Grade I insulation. The article used the second picture below as an example of Grade I. However, while it’s not that hard to find a couple square feet of insulation to exemplify Grade I out…

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HERS H2O and WaterSense 2.0

HERS H2O: A National Program for Rating the Water Efficiency of New Homes   What is WaterSense? The US EPA launched the WaterSense Homes program in 2009. The goal of the program is to encourage the construction and purchase of water-efficient, high-performing homes that reduce indoor and outdoor water use and encourage community infrastructure savings.…

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Update on ACCA 310

Update on ACCA 310: HVAC Grading and What You Need to Know You may have heard a lot of news lately about ANSI/RESNET/ACCA Standard 310. BER would like to give you the latest news on this new standard and what to expect in the near future.

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The Future of HVAC is Available Now

A row of heating and air conditioning units behind a multi-family dwelling.

Pop-quiz, BER Raters: Why is 12,000 btu/hr of cooling capacity referred to as a “ton” of cooling? Answer: Prior to the age of forced-air, refrigerant/compressor air conditioning technology, buildings were cooled with fans blowing over blocks of ice. Engineers determined that 12kbtu/hr was the expected evaporative cooling over one ton of ice harvested from cold…

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The Importance of Right-Sizing HVAC Equipment

Imagine spending your first summer in a newly built, super-efficient, lakeside dream-house and found out that it was unable to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. That is exactly what happened with one house in the northern Midwest that BER happened to be performing a field quality assurance review on!  The owners spared no expense on…

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IECC/HERS Affiliate Training

BER is proud to announce a new training opportunity: IECC/HERS Compliance Specialist. This is the first comprehensive code training available.  While it is geared towards preparing HERS Raters for the Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner exam, this deep dive into the content of the International Energy Conservation Code is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes…

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Let’s Discuss: Remote QA & Mentoring

Here we are, mid-summer and where is my annual Quality Assurance review? Many of you may indeed be asking that same question. So, I want to take this opportunity to share with all of you some of the new things BER is doing to get your field QA completed. As you may or may not…

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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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