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RESTalk

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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EP127 Energizing Change: Advocates Power Up Policy at the RESNET Policy Forum With Robert Pegues and Carl Chidlow
"Advocacy is the mirror reflecting the voices of the community into the corridors of power." - Unknown In today’s podcast we cover the topic of advocacy and public policy in the context of the residential energy sector learning from our guests Robert Pegues, General Manager of Technical Delivery at US Ecologic, and RESNET board member, and Carl Chidlow, a lobbyist representing RESNET. Robert shares his background in the sector, highlighting his experience at last year’s policy forum and his involvement with regional and national energy councils. Carl provides insights into RESNET's efforts to engage with policymakers through the RESNET Policy Forum, emphasizing the importance of practitioner involvement in legislative processes and the positive outcomes from bipartisan support on issues like the 45L tax credit and VA home loans. Our main discussion revolves around the upcoming 2024 RESNET Policy Forum, where industry professionals will convene to advocate for energy efficiency and housing policies. Carl explains the event's objectives and the practical aspects of participating, such as scheduled meetings with Congress members and the importance of constituency in policy advocacy, a truly turnkey process for the participant. Our narrative underlines the significance of direct engagement in shaping policies that affect the residential energy sector. The conversation also touches on the practical and personal aspects of participating in such an event, with Robert sharing his initial apprehensions and eventual satisfaction from influencing policy and advocating for industry concerns. Both Carl and Robert encourage listeners to participate in the policy forum, highlighting the opportunity to affect change and the foundational American right to petition the government. The episode concludes with a call to action for listeners to consider attending the policy forum and engaging in the democratic process to advocate for their industry and interests. Robert’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-pegues-785622a7/ Carl’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carl-chidlow-7816ba37/ Link to the 2024 Policy Forum: https://www.resnet.us/2024-policy-forum/ 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    
24:44 4/1/24
EP126 From Audits to Advocacy: Trailblazing Women in Energy Efficiency with Sharla Riead and Emelie Cuppernell-Glitch
"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it." - Estée Lauder   We welcome Sharla Riead, Lead Instructor at Energy Smart Institute and Emelie Cuppernell Glitch, VP Programs at Performance Systems Development to focusing on the recognition of women in the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating industry. Sharla shares her extensive background, beginning with founding an energy auditing company in 1979, which evolved into a HERS rating company, and subsequently into roles in quality assurance and training within the industry. She emphasizes her company's impact and the shift she has observed towards greater female involvement in the sector. Emelie details her journey in the industry, from her initial interest in science and residential energy to her current role as vice president of Performance Systems Development. She discusses the challenges she faced as a woman in the field, including overcoming assumed biases and the importance of establishing credibility. She reflects on the changing landscape for women in the industry, noting improvements and sharing a personal anecdote illustrating past gender assumptions. The conversation concludes with advice for women entering the industry, highlighting the importance of continuous learning, self-trust, and getting outside one’s comfort zone. Both guests underline the evolving nature of the industry, noting an increase in female participation, the growing list of role models and encouraging more women to join. They stress the value of diversity and the need for different perspectives in building science and energy efficiency, illustrating the industry’s ongoing transformation and the significant contributions of women. Links To Sharla and Emelie on LinkedIn are below along with a Press Release from the RESNET’s Inaugural Class Recognizing Women Pioneers in the HERS Industry during the 2023 conference held in San Diego, CA. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharla-riead/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/emelie-cuppernell-glitch-a8647b26/ https://www.resnet.us/about/inaugural-class-of-resnet-recognition-of-women-pioneers-in-hers-industry/ 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
25:39 3/25/24
EP125 QA in Your Pocket How a Mobile App is Empowering RESNET HERS Ratings with Cassandra Wright, Leo Jansen and Billy Giblin
The best way to predict your future is to create it. - Abraham Lincoln   Data is king, they say. How can the RESNET Quality Assurance (QA) app's data insights revolutionize how we rate energy-efficient homes?   Imagine a world where getting your home energy rating was made easier by using a smartphone app. Is that the future the RESNET QA app promises?   Our trio of guests, Quality Assurance Designees (QADs) Cassandra Wright from Strand Systems and Leo Jansen from Energy Efficient Homes Midwest, and RESNET Quality Assurance Field  Specialist Billy Giblin, help us to understand the development and application of the new RESNET QA app, a tool designed to improve the quality and consistency of home energy ratings. Here are some key points:   Background: The QA checklist was created to address concerns about inconsistencies in quality assurance (QA) reviews. The checklist evolved through several versions and became a mandatory provider requirement. The need for better data access and tracking led to development of the QA app.   The App: Available on the Apple Store, Google Play, and as a web app. Streamlines the QA process by pulling data from the RESNET Buildings Registry. Saves time and reduces manual entries. Allows providers to control access for their QADs.   Future Plans: Integrate with other energy efficiency programs like Energy Star Indoor airPlus and Zero Energy Ready Homes. Create a forum for QADs to ask questions and share best practices. Develop dashboards for providers and QADs to track their QA and performance. Implement an API for providers who want to use their own tools for QA.   Benefits: Improves transparency and consistency in QA reviews. Provides valuable data for tracking and improving performance. Reduces the workload for QADs and providers.   Challenges: Providers who use a retroactive QA model may need to adjust their process. Learning curve for using the new app and API.   Overall, the RESNET QA app is a positive step towards improving the quality and consistency of home energy ratings. Everyone will need time to adjust to the new system, but the potential benefits are significant. Link to RESNET site with info on the QA app: www.resnet.us/about/qa/resnet-qa-app/ 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  
30:31 2/12/24
EP124 RESNET’s audacious goal for 2028 and supporting initiatives with Steve Baden and Mark Johnson
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. - Jesse Jackson   The advent of a new year naturally brings broader thinking, more introspection, and the creation of future goals. What future goal has RESNET’s board recently adopted? What near-term initiatives create the path to that goal? How confident is RESNET in meeting that goal? What is “embodied passion index?”  In 2024’s inaugural episode of RESTALK, Steve Baden and Mark Johnson discuss RESNET’s ambitious goal of achieving one million ratings by the end of 2028. This goal represents a significant shift towards a goal-driven budget, breaking away from traditional year-to-year budgeting. The board's decision to set such an audacious goal is based on several factors, including the increasing demand for housing, the need for energy efficiency in homes, and the availability of new tools and initiatives.   One key initiative is the collaboration between RESNET and the International Code Council (ICC) to improve compliance with energy codes. This involves training and certifying RESNET HERS (Home Energy Rating System) raters who can play a crucial role in ensuring compliance. The extension and amendment of the 45L tax credit also provides incentives for builders to focus on energy efficiency in homes. Additionally, the use of HERS index scores as a matrix for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting by production builders and the growth of green bond programs by finance organizations further demonstrate the industry's commitment to sustainability.   The interview also highlights RESNET’s efforts in developing a water efficiency index, a carbon index for homes, and the promising build-to-rent movement, which addresses the housing shortage while promoting energy-efficient homes. The conversation concludes with both Steve and Mark expressing confidence in RESNET’s ability to achieve its ambitious goal, driven by the passion and commitment of the industry and the growing demand for energy-efficient and sustainable homes. 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  
29:24 1/15/24
EP123 The Best of RESTalk 2023 with Bill Spohn
That’s the funny thing about time. It is only in looking back that it’s easy to connect the dots.  To see exactly why everything needed to happen the way that it did. - Rebecca Serle   11 episodes, 11 topics, 17 different guests and over 5 hours of RES-Talking in 2023! We covered a lot of ground in the RESTalk podcast in 2023, now going into our 6th year of episodes. We hope we stimulated your thinking and moved you into action in this ever-evolving world of home energy ratings and peripheral topics. Listen in to this fast-paced recap of the year in RESTalk, maybe you missed a detail or two in these nuggets we have mined. If you’d like to dig a little deeper into the topics covered in these episodes, see the list mentioned in each section below. PART A: Organization. Systems & Affiliates Episode Speaker(s) Topic LINK 112 Steve Baden John Hensley 2023 RESNET Mission, Goals and Priorities LINK 114 Mark Johnson and Cy Kilbourn Meet the new RESNET board leaders LINK 121 Clara Hedrick and Emma Bennett Back Together and Stronger, the RESNET 2023 Conference LINK PART B: Buildings and Building Data Episode Speaker(s) Topic LINK 116 Ryan Meres RESNET Data Sheds Light on Energy Efficient Home Trends LINK 117 James Rodriguez & Ned Munoz Learn about the HERS Index and Texas House Bill 3215 LINK 120 Robert Broad Energy Efficient Homebuilding at Scale with Robert Broad of AMH Development LINK 122 Michael Lee Best Practices in Construction Technology Education LINK PART C: Carbon, ESG and HERS Zero Episode Speaker(s) Topic LINK 113 Phililp Fairey David Goldstein Update on RESNET Carbon Index LINK 115 Chris Magwood The New RESNET Embodied Carbon Advisory Committee LINK 118 Rob Lochner & David Best Santa Fe's Habitat for Humanity building homes with HERS-ZERO scores LINK 119 Matthew Cooper RESNET® Appoints New ESG Advisory Group LINK 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  
45:55 12/11/23
EP122 Best Practices in Construction Technology Education with Michael Lee, Texarkana College
Whatever good things we build end up building us. -Jim Rohn   In today’s episode we chat with Michael Lee coordinator of the Construction Technology Program at Texarkana College in Texarkana, TX.   We learn of his back story which led him to this role. He thoughtfully describes the approach he has taken to build the construction technology department at Texarkana College.   Michael describes the students that come through the program, where they come from, what they’re taught, and where they end up working.    He spends extra effort in enriching his instruction by getting the students out into the field at events, (like the recent RESNET Texas Home Builders Association event), into factories or by bringing in guest instructors.   We also discuss how he includes the principles of energy efficient construction including the house as a system approach, HERS scoring and using the latest techniques and materials.   Details on the construction program in the following links:   https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/programs/construction-technology/ https://catalog.texarkanacollege.edu/article/construction-technology-associate-applied-science/ Degree plan: https://catalog.texarkanacollege.edu/article/construction-technology-associate-applied-science/ The Construction Technology program making the news: https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2022/oct/11/tc-construction-students-build-new-picnic-tables/ A couple of Mike’s favorite learning resources: https://www.apawood.org/publication-search https://buildshownetwork.com/ https://www.youtube.com/@essentialcraftsman You can reach Michael via the Texarkana college website at: https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/?     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  
25:40 11/13/23
EP121 Back Together and Stronger, the RESNET 2023 Conference with Clara Hedrick & Emma Bennett
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is success. -Edward Everett Hale   On today’s podcast we welcome Clara Hedrick and Emma Bennett to give us up to date and inside information about the Upcoming RESNET conference: Nov 15-17, 2023 in San Diego, CA. Since the last face to face conference was in 2020, and after virtual conferences in 2021 and 2022, Emma shares what will be the same and what will be different as compared to past conferences. We also over a few of the specific events that attendees can look forward to as well as recommend activities outside of the conference. Breakout session topics include Carbon/ESG, Water Efficiency & HERSH2O®, HERS® as the Gold Standard, California – Here We Come, New Opportunities for the Rating Industry, Energy Codes, Tapping the Existing Homes Market, Latest Developments in Building Science, Workforce Development, and Financing Improving the Energy Efficiency of Homes We close by sharing what we are each most looking forward to about the conference.   Links Mentioned in the episode: View the schedule, find travel details and learn more about the conference at: https://www.resnet.us/conference-2023/ Find details on the KB Homes Microgrid home tour: https://www.resnet.us/conference-2023/kb-homes-microgrid-tour/ Learn more about the RESNET Emerging Leadership council at: https://www.resnet.us/raters/emerging-leadership-council-elc/ The RESTALK Podcast EP 115 with Chris Magwood on the Embodied Carbon Advisory Committee: https://restalk.libsyn.com/ep115-the-new-resnet-embodied-carbon-advisory-committee-with-chris-magwood-from-rmi   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  
26:18 10/9/23
EP120 Energy Efficient Homebuilding at Scale with Robert Broad of AMH Development
Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.   -Jochen Zeitz   In this episode of the RESTalk podcast we are joined by Robert Broad, Senior Vice President of Development at AMH (NYSE: AMH), where he oversees new home and community development operations - including land acquisition, land development, purchasing, product development, and construction.   Robert shares with us AMH’s focus on a desire to create more energy efficient homes using scalable techniques and measurable goals. During this conversation we learn of some new and innovative approaches by AMH.    Robert also shares with us why AMH chooses to have its homes HERS® Rated and what he feels are the special aspects of a HERS® Rated home.   We hear that in 2022, AMH built 2,183 homes with an average HERS® score of 61.9 or 0.9 better than 2021.   Robert tells us how RESNET offers builders a quantifiable program where you can excel with a wide range of markers that’s compatible across multiple regions and climate zones.    With AMH investing in being long-term owner-operator, durability is key operating metric in their new builds. RESNET helps AMH establish their baseline in sustainability efforts to create a strong foundation they can use to track progress year over year.   Robert’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-broad-a182384/   https://www.resnet.us/articles/american-homes-4-rent-sets-path-to-zero-energy-homes-through-hers-ratings/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMMFx-3m2g4     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  
25:48 9/18/23
EP119 RESNET appoints a new ESG Advisory Group with Matthew Cooper, PEG
Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It is a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.   -Ban Ki-moon   ESG has become an integral factor in the financial world. The Structured Finance Association estimates that $11.6 trillion, or $1 of every $4 invested in the United States, was invested under ESG investment strategies.  RESNET® HERS® Ratings are increasingly becoming the metric for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting on the energy performance of homes. How will RESNET keep track of the needs and opportunities presented by this movement in the industry?   RESNET® Executive Director Steve Baden has recently appointed a RESNET ESG Advisory Group  to better track these emerging opportunities and to develop recommendations on how RESNET® should position itself to take advantage of them. The group is composed of a select group of rating companies and builder representatives that are active in this area of the industry. We are joined on this podcast by Matthew Cooper of PEG chair of the advisory group.  Matthew shares with us his insights and details on the initial efforts of the task group which will be targeted on increasing the presence of RESNET® and HERS® Ratings to financers investing in this economic activity. Other members of the group are: Jacob Atalla, KB Home Erin Bordelon, D.R. Horton Thomas Cochran, ARCXIS Ian Hughes, Meritage Homes Eric Johnson, US Eco-Logic Nathan Kahre, EnergyLogic Chris Urbanus, Burgess Construction Consultants, Inc. Links: Matthew’s LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-cooper-peg/   https://www.resnet.us/articles/green-bond-market-for-single-family-energy-efficient-homes-grows/   https://www.resnet.us/articles/american-homes-4-rent-sets-path-to-zero-energy-homes-through-hers-ratings/   https://www.resnet.us/articles/the-nations-big-builders-drive-up-hers-ratings-in-2020/   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  
28:05 8/14/23
EP118 Santa Fe's Habitat for Humanity Homes achieve HERS-ZERO scores with Rob Lochner and David Best
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” -Albert Schweitzer   Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to help families build and improve places to call home. In the process developing strong and stable communities with affordable housing. Often household utility costs make affordability a challenge. What factors need to fall into place to address this challenge of affordability? How are cozy, comfortable, attractive homes that use no net energy being built in the Habit for Humanity model?   Join us as Rob Lochner, Construction Director at Habit for Humanity, Santa Fe and David Best, HERS Rater with Evergreen Building Solutions (www.evergreenbuildingsolutions.com/) share with us the fascinating story of how 15 NetZero / HERS-ZERO homes have been built in the Habitat for Humanity program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. David describes some of the straightforward technical practices and measures that have been used as the program has evolved since 2020. While these homes are attracting interest and providing influence, Rob shares insights into what seems to be preventing more widespread adoption of these practices in more projects. To learn more or contact our guests, refer to the links below. Links for our guests: David Best: drb713@gmail.comDavid’s LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-best-30359a33/ Rob Lochner: rob@santafehabitat.org Video with Rob: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/build-block-building-systems_video-icfs-and-habitat-for-humanity-activity-6947958189782958080-Uh5d?   Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity Website: https://santafehabitat.org/habitat-homes/ Albuquerque Journal Story: https://www.abqjournal.com/2599030/headline-goes-here-258.html     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  
28:53 7/10/23
EP117 Learning more about the HERS Index and Texas House Bill 3215 with James Rodriguez and Ned Munoz
“The trend is your friend.” -Mark Zweig    With Texas as the leading state in new home starts, we can expect some housing trends first to arise there. Why was House Bill 3215 developed and enacted in Texas? What entities and organizations participated in developing the language in the bill? How will this impact the HERS industry in Texas and elsewhere?   Joining us on today’s podcast is Ned Munoz, V.P. of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel at Texas Association of Builders, and James Rodriguez, Executive Vice President at Fox Energy Specialists. James shares with us the desire to set up a hybrid approach- that is, to introduce a second universal pathway of state energy compliance that is performance-based. Which means Texas now recognizes the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores as a standalone compliance pathway which untangles it from the current ICC/IRC versions of the energy rating index (ERI) pathway. Ned explains how the Texas Association of Builders recognizes the impact that mandated energy codes have on housing affordability while still encouraging energy-efficient home building and how these concepts influenced the wording of the bill. It's important to note that the State of Texas overlay energy code for single-family new construction was not updated or changed by the bill.  Below are the HERS Index pathway thresholds remaining in effect for 10 years. TIMELINE Climate Zone 2 HERS Index Climate Zone 3 HERS Index 09/1/19 to 08/31/22 63 63 09/1/22 to 08/31/25 59 59 09/1/25 to 08/31/28 57 57 09/1/28 to 09/01/31 55 55 Note: 2018 IECC mandatory items and building envelope thresholds must be upheld as part of these HERS scores.   LINKS: 2 articles on the topic: https://www.resnet.us/builders/hb3215/ https://www.foxenergyspecialists.com/news/texas-house-bill-hb-3215-to-take-effect-on-september-1st James Rodriguez on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-rodriguez-0523001/ Ned Munoz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ned-mu%C3%B1oz-13a5606/ FAQs on TX HB: 3125: https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/HB-3215-FAQs_08062021.pdf The actual TX HB 3215: https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/87R-HB-3215-Enrolled-version.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  
32:03 6/12/23
EP116 RESNET Data Sheds Light on Energy Efficient Home Trends with Ryan Meres
“Data is the most valuable asset in the world.” - Brittany Kaiser    Housing trends have significant importance to the RESNET community. In addition to tracking progress with RESNET HERS Ratings, the hundreds of data points collected on each home provide insights into the trends in energy efficiency, component selection and electrification.  What are some of the latest trends in HERS Rated homes? What value can this data provide to all the stakeholders in RESNET?   RESTALK welcomes back RESNET’s Program Director, Ryan Meres, to share with us some insights he has gathered from the 2023 report: Trends in HERS Rated Homes, a statistical abstract. Ryan shares with us the impetus of this report, as well as the latest trends in its third year of publication. Some of the big picture trends he notes are: 129% increase in annual Ratings from 2013 to 2022  Just shy of 338,000 Ratings last year (80% single family/20% multifamily)  Have seen year-over-year increases for a decade  Massachusetts is number one again with 82% of new homes receiving a Rating  Indiana comes in second with 68%  8 states achieved 50% or more of new homes rated  When looking only at the number of total ratings, Texas comes out on top with over 81,000 ratings.   Note: in the upcoming RESTALK Episode 117 we will learn about the HERS Index and Texas House Bill 3215. We also cover other topics in the report including efficiency, component types and usage and trends toward electrification. A link to the 2021 report:  https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/2021-Data-Trends-Report-of-HERS-Rated-Homes.pdf A link to the 2022 Report: https://t.e2ma.net/click/6263j7/ysd8cfc/u5splqh A link to the 2023 report will be available in the RESNET Newsletter. If you are not a subscriber, please subscribe here: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1878040/1889360/ 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  
23:12 5/8/23
EP115 The New RESNET Embodied Carbon Advisory Committee with Chris Magwood from RMI
“Doing your best in this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” -Oprah Winfrey    A critical element in the decarbonization of homes is the embodied carbon produced in the construction of homes. As the current RESNET Carbon Index® only covers the carbon produced due to energy used in a home, what do we do next? What type of standards exists to perform this assessment? What are the challenges and roadmap ahead? Recently, the RESNET Board of Directors formally authorized the creation of an effort to explore the development of a residential embodied carbon standard. The first step in this process is the creation of an advisory committee that will review the development of the standard, provide suggestions on how to proceed, and vet drafts of the guidelines. Our guest today is Chris Magwood, Chair of the RESNET Embodied Carbon Advisory Committee. Chris’ full-time role is the Manager of Carbon-Free Buildings at RMI. I found this topic fascinating as we explored the data and the impact on people, businesses, and the environment. My big takeaway was that the stacked benefits are wins all the way around, and pursuing these efforts is not likely to be cost-prohibitive, perhaps cost-beneficial. LINKS: Chris on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-magwood-8a8a9738/ RESNET blog post on The RESNET Embodied Carbon Advisory Committee:  https://www.resnet.us/about/resnet-carbon-rating-index/resnet-appoints-advisory-committee-to-investigate-development-of-standard-to-calculate-the-embodied-carbon-in-homes/   RESTalk EP113 on the Carbon Index update: https://restalk.libsyn.com/ep113-update-on-resnet-carbon-index-with-philip-fairey-and-david-goldstein   Info on the RESNET Carbon Index: https://www.resnet.us/about/resnet-carbon-rating-index/     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  
29:24 4/17/23
EP114 Meet the new RESNET Board leaders, Mark Johnson & Cy Kilbourn
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren Bennis    What are some of the qualities embodied in outstanding board leaders? Someone who has experience in business leadership roles.  A person that has a proven track record in developing and executing strategy. Someone who demonstrates a forward-thinking mentality.   In today’s podcast, we are joined by two outstanding board leaders, Mark Johnson, Executive VP and Director of Business Development at the International Code Council, and Cy Kilbourn, Vice President of Engineering at Ekotrope. We learn of their backgrounds and growing involvement with RESNET over the years and how fitting they are to take on these roles: Mark as Board President and Cy as Board Vice President. Mark describes his plans to continue to ensure that RESNET is the gold standard within the industry which includes the growing interest in and use of the Carbon Index. Cy notes how he will help encourage and support the opportunities offered in field code compliance work, ESG reporting, and the extension of the 45L tax credit. Mark and Cy are focusing on the realization and execution of these and other initiatives. LINKS: RESNET’s 2023 Mission, Goals, and Priorities: https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/RESNET_2023_MissionGoalsPriorities_11-01-2022.pdf RESNET Board Page: https://www.resnet.us/about/resnet-board-of-directors-members/ Mark Johnson on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-johnson-79b71a7/ Cy Kilbourn on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/cy-kilbourn-038bb019/   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  
28:15 3/13/23
EP113 Update on RESNET Carbon Index with Philip Fairey and David Goldstein
“The big picture doesn’t just come from distance; it also comes from time.” -Simon Sinek   Climate change is becoming an increasing concern.  The private sector, individuals as well as state, local and federal governments are seeking to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  As the energy used in all buildings, including homes, is cited as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, how do these entities get an accurate metric on emissions?Is there a way to use this info to address when energy is used in a home?As well as how much home energy consumption can be reduced? Philip Fairey, Deputy Director at Florida Solar Energy Center, and David Goldstein, Energy Efficiency Advisor at the National Resources Defense Council, join us to provide an update on the RESNET Carbon Index. The RESNET Carbon Index is the first-of-its-kind carbon rating index which addresses the critical issue of greenhouse gas emissions stemming from energy use in a home. The index can help with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting and as a basis for green bonds.   The existing RESNET HERS Index already looks at patterns of energy use by the hour of the year. It is a straightforward task to translate the energy profile into an emissions profile using the hourly CO2e emission rates and electricity generation emission projections as published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). All joking aside, it’s about time.   David and Philip explain how it is now a straightforward process to calculate the comparative emissions of two houses. For example, the emissions from a new house with, or without, efficiency and solar can be examined to see how much electrification and clean energy can help. Or one can compare a house as-is with how it would look with a deep decarbonization retrofit.   LINKS:Philip Fairey on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-fairey-89867773/ David Goldstein on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-b-goldstein-4700a58/ Details on the Carbon Rating Index from RESNET:  https://www.resnet.us/about/resnet-carbon-rating-index/ RESNET’s Infographic: https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/RESNET_CO2eIndex_infographic_11-15-2022.pdf NRDC Article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/david-b-goldstein/new-tool-measuring-decarbonization   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
31:38 2/13/23
EP112 RESNET's 2023 Goals and Priorities with Steve Baden and John Hensley
“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. -Vince Lombardi   Strong organizations fulfill their mission by periodically reflecting on their goals and priorities. RESNET is no exception having adopted their 2023 Mission, Goals and Priorities by vote of the Board of Directors on October 7, 2022. How are the goals crafted that align with and fulfill the mission? How are priorities and budgets set so these goals are achieved? How is 2023 looking to shape up? John Hensley, President of the RESNET Board of Directors, and Steve Baden, RESNET Executive Director join us to describe the priorities for RESNET’s activities in 2023 Steve describes the process of setting the priorities and how they lead to the goals that have been set by the Board to achieve the mission. John describes the RESNET mission and details out the goals while Steve describes how the goals and priorities shape the budget that has been adopted by the RESNET board. John recaps the challenges and achievements for RESNET in 2022 and Steve outlines the challenges and opportunities for RESNET and the HERS Industry in 2023.   It’s the combined efforts of the board, the staff and the RESNET community that lead to the organization’s achievements, year after year. LINK TO 2023 mission and goals: https://t.co/34gH0HLUXy   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
31:42 1/9/23
EP111 The Best of RESTalk 2022 with Bill Spohn
Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. - Margaret J. Wheatley   23 episodes, 23 topics and 34 different guests. We covered a lot of ground in the RESTalk podcast in 2022, now going into our 5th year of episodes. (Over 12 hours of conversations about the world of RESNET!) We hope we stimulated your thinking and moved you into action in this often-complex world of home energy ratings. If you’d like to dig a little deeper into the topics covered in these episodes, see the list mentioned in each section below. PART A: Organization. Systems & Affiliates Episode Speaker Topic 89 Steve, John Steve Baden describes the opportunities and threats for RESNET going into 2022 90 Dominic Sims, Mark Johnson Broader consensus in code development 100 Joshua Anderson Breaking into the industry as a HERS modeler 101 Simone Beaty Factors influencing the outlook for green mortgage-backed securities 102 David Choo CALCERTS David Choo's Motivations for entering the Home Energy Industry 110 Billy Giblin An overview of onsite field visits and their impact PART B: Buildings and Building Data Episode Speaker Topic 91 Ryan Meres Who are the buyers of HERS Rated Homes and what is driving their decisions 96 Sara Gutterman Net Zero everything? 98 Ryan Meres Data on new homes getting to Net Zero 106 Spencer Frye Athens GA Ground Zero for the affordable homes’ crisis 109 Emily Mottram How did the Pretty Good House concept get started PART C: The RESNET Community Episode Speaker Topic 88 Emma Bennett What do people get out of the RESNET Building Performance Conferences 92 Elizabeth Sanfelippo Artistic Perspectives in Home Performance 93 Jacob Kamen Mentorship in RESNET 95 John Godden CRESNET / RESNET Cross Border Challenge, new technologies and water 97 Jared Kain-Woods Detective work and complexity in energy efficient designs 104 Stefan Orenda Unique ways to market energy efficient homes with consumers PART D: Codes & Standards Episode Speaker Topic 94 Andy Buccino & Sara DeVico Embodied carbon tools & engaging builders 103 Jacob Atalla The water & energy nexus 107 David Goldstein What is the genesis of the RESNET CO2e Index  99 Alex Meaney What does a load calculation tell you and more 105 Steve Rogers Why is duct leakage testing so important? An example. 108 Jim Bergmann Importance of proper design installation of a blower/air handler & cost of ownership   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
53:35 12/19/22
EP110 The State of RESNET Quality Assurance 2022 with Laurel Elam, Billy Giblin, and Scott Doyle
I remind myself every morning:Nothing I say this day will teach me anything.  So, if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.   Larry King Change is a constant.   Gathering feedback, reviewing changes and trends and acting upon the results is critical to maintaining a successful business, organization or system.   As we look back on 2022, and look froward into the coming years, what type of changes are happening at RESNET with regard to QA?     We welcome back RESNET’s multifaceted QA Team - Laurel Elam, Billy Giblin, and Scott Doyle for an interactive overview of the QA team’s activities, achievements, and plans.   Laurel gives us an update on RESNET’s current standard developments related to Quality Assurance. And we learn why modifications were made to the appeals procedures.   Billy shares with us how the onsite field visits are going now that he is back to traveling and doing these in-person.   We also learn about the trends in online and onsite provider visits from Billy and Scott and get a gauge on compliance.   Scott fills us in on changes to RESNET’s Quality Assurance Data Tool and discusses providers’ access.   We also discuss other topics on the QA Horizon including a Providers’ beta test group looking at data that can be used for business intelligence.   Overall, we hear of the impact of careful listening and thoughtful consideration given to feedback received by the QA team.     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
29:34 12/5/22
EP109 The Pretty Good House with Emily Mottram
Those that educate the market, own the market. Emily Mottram We’ve all heard of advanced housing concepts that require little net energy to operate.   Architects, builders, and suppliers in the residential construction industry often get together at conferences and locally and sometimes birth new concepts while challenging others.   What kind of ideas develop when you ignite their passions, crowd source ideas, and marinate for a few years?   What if you aspire to build a Pretty Good House? What does that look like? How do you go about educating others?     Joining us on today’s podcast as Emily Mottram of Mottram Architecture describes for us a passion project that started out of local discussions in her home state of Maine and has branched out into a book, a course, a podcast, webinars and regional events!Emily describes a Pretty Good House (PGH) as an open-source framework and set of guidelines for building or renovating a home that focus both on its inhabitants and the environment—but keeps in mind that few people have pockets deep enough to achieve a “perfect” solution. The PGH concept respects financial and practical constraints to meet both home owner and environmental needs. https://www.prettygoodhouse.org/   In July 2022, Emily, Christopher Briley, Daniel Kolbert, and Michael Maines began selling a book that organizes and presents the PGH framework: https://www.tauntonstore.com/pretty-good-house   They have also created the Pretty Good House course launching on January 4, 2023: finehomebuilding.com/prettygoodhousecourse     The course will offer eight (8) RESNET Professional Development Credits for Quality Assurance Designees and Instructors.   SPECIAL OFFER: The course offers a special discount code: RESNET100. The code is good for $100 off the course cost. The code expires on the day the course begins.   For details on documenting RESNET Quality Assurance Designee or Instructor Professional Development Credits, contact Scott Doyle, Technical Director, Quality Assurance & Training. Scott@RESNET.us   Emily, also a HERS Rater, shares her experiences on energy and efficiency in her podcast, E3: Energy and Efficiency with Emily, now in its fourth season: https://www.mottramarch.com/the-podcast   Her podcast focuses on building science, architecture, and female entrepreneurship and stresses teamwork.   Her passion continues to exude as Co-host of the BS+Beer Show: https://www.thebsandbeershow.com/   Link to Emily’s bio: https://www.mottramarch.com/emily-mottram-about     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
36:37 11/21/22
EP108 Unpacking the ANSI-RESNET-ACCA-ICC 310 HVAC Rating Standard series: Tasks 4&5 Blower Watt Draw and Refrigerant Charge with Jim Bergmann, MeasureQuick
The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein     The message is clear, HVAC equipment is often the largest energy-consuming system in a home.   While listeners likely know about blower door and duct leakage tests, what impact do blower Watt draw and refrigerant charge on HVAC energy use?   What can we learn from an HVAC expert with so much experience? Today’s podcast continues down the technical trail with the last installment of a three-part series on cracking open the details of the ANSI/RESNET/ACCA/ICC Standard 310.    Previous podcasts covered the other aspects of this standard: Episode 99 with Alex Meaney (MeanHVAC) on HVAC System design Episode 105 with Steve Rogers (TEC) on Duct leakage and AirFlow   We are joined by Jim Bergmann, President of MeasureQuick and an HVAC system measurements and diagnostics expert.   Jim takes the listener on a deep, technical dive. He introduces us to the technology used to measure blower fan watt draw and refrigerant charge and the power of proper diagnostic methods and techniques.   After listening, you will better understand the “why and how” of getting these important parameters properly dialed in.   Here are some links related to today’s podcast::   The written RESNET/ANSI/ACCA/ICC standard 310:https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/ANSIRESNETACCA_310-2020_v7.1.pdf   How Quality Installation Impacts Equipment: How RESNET Standard 310 helps: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2020/06/f75/bbrn-peer-032620.pdf   A video on how to do the Non-Invasive System Test (checking charge without gauges): https://youtu.be/gOzep_Ayyr0   Software that helps: www.MeasureQuick.com   You can also reach our guest via email: Jim@MeasureQuick.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
49:34 11/7/22
EP107 Learn more about the RESNET CO2e Index with David Goldstein and John Taylor
Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions Andy Dunn   What does CO2e mean?   What are the impacts of time and location on energy use and production?   How and why are we morphing from energy as a proxy for emissions?      We are joined on today’s podcast by David Goldstein, Energy Co-Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and John Taylor, Deputy Director of The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) to discuss a new tool that RESNET has underdevelopment: The CO2e Index   The RESNET CO2e Rating Index is among the first in the world to more accurately estimate emissions by accounting for the hour of the day and month of the year at which electricity is consumed. And it uses the incremental effect that the building has on usable renewable energy and fossil fuel emissions, calculated over the long term.  David describes how a carbon dioxide equivalent or CO2 equivalent, abbreviated as CO2e, is used to compare the emissions from various greenhouse gases based on their global-warming potential (GWP) by converting amounts of other gases to the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide with the same global warming potential. Since the RESNET HERS Index already looks at energy pattern usage by the hour of the year, it is a straightforward task to translate the energy profile into an emissions profile if you have the data that underlie these figures. John helps us understand these aspects of the model. The new RESNET CO2e Rating Index allows one to calculate the comparative emissions of two houses. For example, you can look at the emissions from a new house with or without efficiency and solar to see how much changes like electrification and clean energy can help. As a result of this, there are no changes to the  RESNET HERS rating process - it is more a function of software changes. Some links to press on this podcast’s topic:   https://www.nrdc.org/experts/david-b-goldstein/new-tool-measuring-decarbonization   Link to a presentation from the 2020 Conference on this topic: http://conference.resnet.us/data/energymeetings/presentations/Incorporating%20When%20Energy%20is%20Used%20in%20the%20HERS%20Index%20-%20Goldstein.pdf     You can reach our guests via email: dgoldstein@nrdc.org jtaylor@cee1.org   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
33:07 10/24/22
EP106 The Kinda Tiny Habitat House in Athens GA with Jeremy Field and Spencer Frye
We must shift our thinking away from short term gain toward long-term investment and sustainability, and always have the next generations in mind with every decision we make.. Deb Haaland What does it take to start a conversation on smaller homes in a community that traditionally bans them?   How can we collaborate to move the conversations to reality?   What can be learned when a real world project closely examines housing size, land area and energy use through the lenses of charity and sustainability?     Spencer Frye (State Rep House District 118 at Georgia General Assembly and Executive director for the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity ) and Jeremy Field (VP of Operations at Imery Ratings) join us to describe the background and execution of the Kinda Tiny Habitat House that was recently constructed in Athens, GA.   This house, a product of a design contest cosponsored by SK Collaborative and the Atlanta Branch of the USGBC is an example of a greener home, but it’s also meant to start a conversation in Athens about zoning codes, according to Frye.   Listen in as we learn the details of how this project came about, the impact it has had in the community and the important role that the RESNET HERS rating process had in bringing this vision to fruition   Some links to press on this podcast’s topic:   https://flagpole.com/news/news-features/2022/05/18/habitat-for-humanitys-new-affordable-housing-model-kinda-tiny-homes/   https://news.uga.edu/uga-student-designs-winning-kinda-tiny-home/   https://www.wuga.org/local-news/2022-04-27/athens-area-habitat-for-humanity-completes-kinda-tiny-homes   https://www.usgbc.org/articles/kinda-tiny-homes-deliver-huge-results-usgbc-georgia   https://www.athenshabitat.com/   You can reach our guests via email: jfield@imerygroup.com spencer@athenshabitat.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
32:15 10/10/22
EP105 Unpacking the ANSI-RESNET-ACCA-ICC 310 HVAC Rating Standard series Tasks 2&3, Duct Leakage and Blower Airflow With Steve Rogers
Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety. It is the goal, not the starting point. Maurice Saatchi It’s worth repeating that HVAC equipment is often the largest energy-consuming system in a home.   While listeners have likely run duct leakage and blower airflow tests, how did we arrive at the straightforward, almost simple test equipment and methods used today?   What is the science behind the tests? Today’s podcast continues down the technical trail with part two of a three-part series on cracking open the details of the ANSI/RESNET/ACCA/ICC Standard 310. We are joined by Steve Rogers, President of The Energy Conservatory and an expert in pressure and flow measurements.   Steve introduces us to the technology used to measure duct leakage and blower (air handler) airflow and the power of proper diagnostic methods and techniques.   Some of the educational resources mentioned may be found here: www.HVACairflow.com, which includes materials prepared by Ed Janowiak, Manager of HVAC Design Education for ACCA.   After listening, you will better understand the “why and how” of getting the duct leakage and blower airflow dialed in.   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
42:35 9/26/22
EP104 Mandalay Homes Leading the Path to High Energy Performance Homes Recognized Through 2022 RESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge with Paul Erhardt and Stefan Orenda
“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.” Michael Schumacher The Cross-Border Challenge is an annual event sponsored by RESNET and the Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET) to recognize U.S. and Canadian builders who are pioneering the path to high-energy performance homes. CRESNET is RESNET’s sister organization in Canada.   What are the key qualities embodied in the winner of the 2022 Cross-Border challenge?   What are the underlying philosophies, processes and passions that create homes that customers truly desire? Today on RESTalk we are joined by Paul Erhardt, President and Stefan Orenda, Chief Technology Officer both of Mandalay Homes in Prescott Valley, AZ to learn about their award-winning business.   In addition to reviewing the entry and judging requirements for the award, we get a peek inside the processes and philosophies at play in Mandalay Homes; systems that create an award-winning business that truly delivers for their customers.   In 2021, Mandalay Home’s winning score was an average HERS Index Score of 20.    Most importantly, Mandalay Homes is passionate about building homes that promote safety, health, comfort, style, reduced energy costs, and less environmental impact. We hear how Mandalay is committed to being an industry leader in innovation and thoughtful design while utilizing cutting-edge technology to create high-performance homes.     For more info on Mandalay: https://www.mandalayhomes.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
38:14 9/12/22
EP103 KB Home Creating More Water Efficient Homes with RESNET’s HERSH2O and EPA WaterSense with Jacob Atalla
“Positive attitude plus effort equals performance.” Tommy Tuberville As we hear more about droughts, what is the impact on residential new construction?   Why did KB Home feel it was important to commit to the WaterSense label for all future home builds in Arizona, California, and Nevada?   How is KB Home using RESNET’s HERSH2O water efficiency rating system to address water consumption without sacrificing performance for homeowners?     Jacob Atalla, VP of Innovation and Sustainability for KB Home joins us to discuss the important work is being done to create more water efficient homes using RESNET’s HERSH2O water efficiency rating system.    We discuss the importance of water efficiency, the trends over time and the stakeholders that value water efficiency.   Jacob also shares the background on RESNET’s HERSH2O water efficiency rating system, how it was created and how it is an easy “add” to the work performed by a HERS Rater.   Jacob helps us understand the long history of work KB Home has done and some of the awards they have received as a positive force in this area.   According to the US EPA, WaterSense labeled homes use at least 30% less water than a typical home and can save a household 50,000 gallons of water annually, on average.    To date, KB Home has built over 18,000 WaterSense labeled and Water Smart homes — more than any other homebuilder — and installed over 900,000 WaterSense labeled fixtures. The company estimates that these homes, together with the WaterSense labeled fixtures within them, conserve approximately 1.6 billion gallons of water annually.   We also touch on the water/energy nexus discovering that Las Vegas homes built by KB Home (as part of an EPA study) saw savings of an extra 1,100 kWh annually (beyond the savings estimated by the RESNET HERS rating alone) due to the overall water conservation, a portion of which is hot water conservation.      Learn more about RESNET’s HERSH2O water efficiency rating system here: https://www.resnet.us/about/hersh2o/   Read about the KB Home WaterSense commitment to the Arizona, California, and Nevada housing markets. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220721005288/en/KB-Home-Becomes-First-National-Homebuilder-to-Commit-to-EPA%E2%80%99s-Highest-Water-efficiency-Standards-in-Drought-stricken-Arizona-California-and-Nevada   Hear more on the RESNET HERSH2O water efficiency rating system in three past episodes of RESTalk, EP50, EP79 and EP83.   https://restalk.libsyn.com/ep50-introducing-the-resnet-water-efficiency-rating-system-hersh2o-with-mark-johnson-icc-and-jacob-atalla-kb-home   https://restalk.libsyn.com/ep-79-california-dreamin-collaboration-between-resnet-and-california-rating-providers-on-hers-h2o-with-ryan-meres-and-russ-king   https://restalk.libsyn.com/ep83-why-raters-should-be-certified-for-hersh20-with-ryan-meres     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
29:56 8/29/22
EP102 RESNET HERS Index Ratings Soon to be Recognized in California with David Choo and Laurel Elam
“The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.” Heraclitus   Earlier this year RESNET was approved as a Home Certification Organization (HCO) for the California ENERGY STAR Homes Program by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   What are the roots of this partnership with CalCERTS?   Who will benefit from this harmony?   What benefits will evolve for the parties involved? We are joined today by David Choo, Director, Compliance at CalCERTS and Laurel Elam, Director of Quality Assurance and Standards at RESNET to get the details behind the fact that RESNET HERS index ratings are soon to be recognized in California.   We will learn why RESNET chose to do a pilot in California, what this means to CalCERTS and how it works.   Amongst several other topics of discussion, David will give us insights into the demand for this program and Laurel will discuss what an HCO is as well as how it relates to RESNET.   This episode will be of special interest to national production builders that build in California.   You can learn a more about the background of this topic in RESTalk Episode 79 entitled California Dreamin’   For more information about the California ENERGY STAR program requirements please email support@calcerts.com.   Also see this article on the RESNET site: https://www.resnet.us/articles/resnet-hers-index-ratings-soon-to-be-recognized-in-california/     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
23:34 8/8/22
EP101 Freddie Mac’s Green Mortgage Program with Simone Beaty
“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.” Jochen Zeitz How is the topic of energy efficiency in new single-family homes addressed in the mortgage industry?   What pillars of ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) are at play in this system and who are the players? We are joined on today’s podcast by Simone Beaty who is the Director of Housing Policy with Freddie Mac.   Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 to support the U.S. housing finance system and to help ensure a reliable and affordable supply of mortgage funds across the country.    Freddie Mac operates in the U.S. secondary mortgage market, buying loans that meet their standards from approved lenders. Freddie Mac then pools the mortgages it buys into securities, which they sell to investors around the world.   Drawing on her in depth experience in the financial services industry and strong finance related skills in housing policy strategies, Simone explains how Single-Family Green Mortgage Backed Securities support Freddie Mac’s focus on financing energy efficiency in new and existing single-family homes.   These activities help to preserve home affordability over time and attract capital to promote sustainable activities through mortgage financing.   Simone shares with us data, statistics, and trends on topics such as remodeling and repairs, work from home impact, and solar installations. She describes the criteria necessary for qualifying mortgages including the minimum HERS score.   She notes the important impact of the increase in HERS ratings and how this helps more builders relate to more consumers the ties to sustainability that come from Home Energy Ratings.   To learn more about FreddieMac’s Single Family Green Bonds go to this link: https://capitalmarkets.freddiemac.com/mbs/green-sfmbs   Or download this framework document: https://capitalmarkets.freddiemac.com/mbs/docs/Freddie_Mac_SF_Green_Bond_Framework.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
30:03 7/25/22
EP100 HERS Modelers Ensure Consistency of Input in HERS Ratings with Joshua Anderson and Scott Doyle
“Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It’s what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination.  Try to find a career path you have a passion for.” Henry Samueli The RESNET ecosystem continues to grow and morph as demand increases and external factors change.   What new opportunities exist for those already in or considering entering the world of home energy ratings?   Are there career specializations available? In today’s podcast, Josh Anderson (TopBuild) and Scott Doyle (RESNET) help us understand the purpose, scope and functions of the RESNET HERS modeler designation.   In 2020, the RESNET Board of Directors voted for the creation of a new RESNET HERS Rater modeling designation with a goal of increasing the consistency in the input in HERS Ratings through the training and certification of persons who conduct the modeling and analysis using accredited HERS Software Tools.   Upon certification, HERS Modeler candidates are issued a unique RESNET Modeler ID which can be used for single or multiple HERS Software Tools.  In many ways this certification is like the current Rating Field Inspector certification for field inspection and testing including candidates being posted on the RESNET Registry.   Josh discusses how this is a natural evolution of the industry, especially as businesses scale. He also notes this helps to create an alternate career path within the RESNET ecosystem as it embodies a different skillset and an alternate work environment (office vs. field) for a more diverse workforce.    Scott gives us an overview of the formal training required and notes that continuing education will be required to maintain the certification. The continuing education will be offered by the accredited HERS Rating Software Program developers.    Scott notes that certified RESNET HERS Raters, having taken inputs and plan reviews as part of RESNET HERS Rater Training, will automatically receive the new certification without any additional fees, yet would still have to meet the continuing education requirements.   More info on this topic, as well as an infographic are available at this link: www.resnet.us/raters/resnet-hers-modeler-certification/   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
28:50 7/11/22
EP99 Unpacking the ANSI-RESNET-ACCA-ICC 310 HVAC Rating Standard series Task 1, Design with Alex Meaney
“The details are not the details. They make the design.” Charles Eames HVAC equipment is often the largest energy consuming system in a home.   While listeners are likely grounded in the aspect of “house as a system,” where does the rubber meet the road when it comes to HVAC system design? In today’s podcast, we begin part one of a three-part series on cracking open the details of the ANSI/RESNET/ACCA/ICC Standard 310. We are joined by Alex Meaney of Mean HVAC Consulting and Design, an expert in HVAC system design.   Listen in as Alex brings, in his words, “well above average” insights into the important topic of load calculation.   Alex details the various ACCA Manuals (J, S, D, LLH, T, Z-R) involved in the process of HVAC Design, as well as factors about the origins of many of the calculations.    There were several “ah-ha” moments as we got deep into the aspects of answering a seemingly simple question: “what is the heat and moisture loss or gain per hour, of a home under design conditions.   After listening, you will better understand the power and importance of an accurate load calculation.   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
39:07 6/27/22
EP98 Letting the data speak on HERS rated homes with Ryan Meres
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has the data.” Arthur Conan Doyle   Details make the difference to builders and their customers, really to the whole new home construction industry. Trends emerge when one studies HERS rating details over a large national dataset and over time. What kind of theories can we draw from data in “Trends in HERS Rated Homes, 2022”? RESNET’s Program Director Ryan Meres joins us to “crunch the numbers” in HERS rating trends for 2021. The data is compiled from the rating providers' data files.   We learn about trends in index scores and the basic characteristics of HERS-rated homes, for example, the number of bedrooms, conditioned floor area, annual energy costs, and energy savings.   The report also reveals summary data on foundation types, insulation, window U-Value and SHGC, envelope air leakage rates, ventilation types, heating, cooling, and water heating equipment, and the use of Solar PV on HERS rated homes.   We get an overview of climate zone and regional data, including states and cities that lead the pack in the number of HERS-rated homes. Ryan also shares some data highlights, as well as the percentage of new homes in the state that receive ratings, noting some of the possible reasons for the way the data plays out.   Members of the RESNET Suppliers Advisory Board get the first look at the report and can benefit from custom reports. Learn more about joining the SAB here: www.resnet.us/about/sab/   Look for an announcement in the RESNET newsletter regarding the final report “Trends in HERS Rated Homes, 2022 which will be published in Mid-June 2022.     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
26:33 6/13/22