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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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New Professional Support Services Being Offered by the BER

An older architect provides mentorship to a younger architect at a job site.

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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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 or…

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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 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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