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GBA: Explanation Of The HERS Index
Green Building Advisor describes home-energy ratings, the HERS Index equation and the definition of the reference home.

Home Builder Canada: Understanding EnerGuide Rating System v15
Home Builder Canada says NRCan newly revised EnerGuide Rating System v15 brings some significant changes, and builders will need to become familiar with some new terms and energy metrics.

NRCan: Canadian EnerGuide Rating Service For New Homes
Natural Resources Canada describes the EnerGuide Home Energy Rating service, how it works, how you get an EnerGuide rated new home, sample report and label as well as an FAQ section.

RESNET: Difference Between Energy Labeling & Energy Billing Analysis
US Residential Energy Services Network describes difference between asset value labels, which are based on how a building performs at standard operating conditions and operational value labels, which are based on measurements of energy consumption using the operating conditions that are in use at a particular time. (PDF)

RESNET: What Is An Energy Rating?
Residential Energy Services Network describes what an energy rating is.
Education & Training

CHBA-BC: Certified Energy Advisor Training Course
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC workshop provides training on the use of the HOT2000 software which is used to model house plans within the Built Green BC & R-2000 programs. This workshop is for those who wish to become third party advisors to builders building Built Green BC homes including certified R-2000 homes.
Industry Information

IMT: Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement Around The World
Institute for Market Transformation report Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement offers a classification system for building energy rating systems around the world. It analyzes the fundamental assumptions and methodologies underpinning 17 systems in 10 countries.

LBL: Value Of Energy Performance & Green Attributes In Buildings
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report The Value of Energy Performance and Green Attributes in Buildings studies labels, certifications, and rating systems for energy efficiency performance and green attributes of buildings. Such certifications and ratings can make energy efficiency more visible, and could help spur demand for energy efficiency if these designations are shown to have a positive impact on sales or rental prices. (PDF)

RESNET: Annual US National Building Performance Conference
US Residential Energy Services Network annual Building Performance Conference is the premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy. It offers strategic options to the business challenges and provides a venue where you can obtain usable solutions in an evolving industry. The next conference will take place on February 27-Mar 1, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.
Industry Sectors

CRESNET: Canadian Residential Energy Services Network
Canadian Residential Energy Services Network is a new, national non-profit association of energy service providers, advisors and inspectors who are working to ensure energy efficiency in residential buildings in Canada.

RESNET: US Residential Energy Services Network
US Residential Energy Services Network is an industry not-for-profit membership corporation that is a national standards making body for building energy efficiency rating systems.
Information Sources

Building Rating: Global Resource Site On Building Rating Information
Building Rating is a gateway into building energy performance rating and disclosure intelligence. It has an online library of resources, including information on global policies, programs, impact analyses, and rating systems and tools.

Home Energy Pros: Discussion Forums On Home Energy Ratings
Home Energy Pros discussion form on home energy ratings covers topics relating to home energy audits and retrofits.

RESNET: Presentations From 2001-2009 Building Performance Conferences
US Residential Energy Services Network offers online access to 2009 conference presentations on home energy auditing and home energy rating. Links to presentations from their 2001 to 2008 conferences can be found at bottom of page.

RESNET: Presentations From Past Building Performance Conferences
Residential Energy Services Network, the trade association for the residential building performance industry, offers online slide shows and documents from presentations made at their industry conferences held in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Vancouver City: Rate Our Home Program Displays Home Ratings
Metro Vancouver new program Rate Our Home is designed to make spotting an energy efficient home easier by creating awareness and demand for EnerGuide home energy labels.
Issues & Performance

Energy Vanguard: Imprecision Of HERS Ratings
Energy Vanguard says a home energy rating is supposed to tell you how energy efficient your home is. A certified home energy rater goes to the home and collects data relevant to energy consumption in the home, then enters data into energy modeling software to get results: consumption for heating, cooling, water heating, lights, and appliances plus this thing called a HERS Index. But what if the results were off by 50%, 100%, or even more?

Energy Vanguard: UL & Intertek Partner With Homebuilders in Energy Rating Program
Energy Vanguard says Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek are working with the Florida Home Builders Association to certify home energy ratings, blower door tests, duct leakage tests, and other parts of the state energy code in Florida.

IMT: Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement Systems
Institute for Market Transformation paper Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement proposes a classification framework for energy efficiency evaluation tools by comparing seventeen building energy performance assessment systems from ten countries. (PDF)

NRCan: What Is The Canadian EnerGuide Rating System
Natural Resources Canada developed the EnerGuide Rating System to help home builders evaluate their house plans for energy efficiency and provide energy efficient upgrade options for customers. Customers are looking for value in their new home. Natural Resources Canada has the tools, services and standards to help you build energy efficiency into your new home designs. The EnerGuide Rating Service starts with an analysis of the house plans by an energy advisor. The advisor will recommend energy-saving upgrades and work with you to define cost-effective options. You will then estimate the cost of the upgrade work, with a price for the various upgrades. Some builders prefer to carry out this energy analysis with their own staff however the final evaluation of the house must be done by an independent energy advisor.

RESNET: Guidlines For Multifamily Energy Ratings
RESNET online Guidelines for Multifamily Energy Ratings provide guidance specific to multifamily ratings based on the RESNET national home energy rating standards. The guidelines address definitions, energy modeling, performance testing, inspections, and sampling. (PDF)

RESNET: Mortgage Industry National HERS Standards
RESNET Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Systems Standards set out the procedures for the accreditation of home energy rating Providers and technical standards by which home energy ratings shall be conducted so their results will be acceptable to all public and private sector industries that may require an objective, cost-effective, sustainable home energy rating process. (PDF)

RESNET: US Standards For Home Energy Ratings
US Residential Energy Services Network standards are recognized for: accreditation of rating providers, rater training providers, and rating software tools; verification of energy savings for energy efficient mortgages; verification of home energy performance for ENERGY STAR Homes; performance option for energy code compliance; and verification of energy performance in state utility residential energy efficiency programs.

RESNET: US Standards Of Practice For Home Energy Rating
RESNET Home Energy Rating Standards of Practice guides certified RESNET Home Energy Raters and Rating Field Inspectors in the inspection and testing of a home's energy performance. The standards address: Scope of standard; Limitations of rater responsibilities; Additional services that a rater may provide; Minimum rated features of a home; The rating report; Rater financial interest disclosure; General limitations and exclusions. (PDF)
Procedures

Building Rating: Building Energy Ratings Have Positive Affect On Housing Sales & Price
University of Oxford paper analyses the effect of energy efficiency ratings on the sale and rental prices of properties in the Republic of Ireland. The results show that energy efficiency has a positive effect on both the sales and rental prices of properties, that the effect is significantly stronger in the sales segment of the property market, and the effect of the energy rating is stronger where market conditions are worse. (PDF)
Product Supply

CHBA Alberta: Overview of EnerGuide v15 for Builders & Renovators
CHBA Alberta online presentation EnerGuide v15 Pathway from Code to Net Zero provides an overview of the new EnerGuide, its features, and benefits to builders and renovators. (PDF)

CHBA-BC: Listing Of Certified Energy Advisors In BC
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC provides listing of their Certified Energy Advisors in BC, who are third party advisors to builders building Built Green BC homes including certified R-2000 homes. (PDF)

Light House: Comparison Of Energy Labeling For Commercial Buildings In Canada
Light House report Comparison of Energy Labeling for Commercial Buildings in Canada summarizes energy labeling programs and outlines available resources and tools to help building owners start labeling their buildings. (PDF)

NRCan: Canadian EnerGuide Rating System For New Houses
Natural Resources Canada outlines how over the coming months their My EnerGuide page will become a source for all the latest information about the updated EnerGuide Rating System. Natural Resources Canada is in the process of updating numerous aspects of the EnerGuide Rating System for homes, including the rating scale and the reports homeowners receive, in order to provide homeowners with better information about the energy performance of their homes. More than 300 key industry stakeholders were consulted as part of the process of planning these updates, including a nationwide public review period.

NRCan: EnerGuide Evaluation Report, Rating, Label For Existing Homes
Natural Resources Canada describes details of the EnerGuide evaluation report, rating, and label for existing homes.

NRCan: Search For EnerGuide Rating Providers In Canada
Natural Resources Canada online search tool allows you to find EnerGuide Rating Providers in cities and regions throughout Canada.
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