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HERS Rater Training

Home Energy Group is the only RESNET / Energy Star Provider and training organization in South Carolina. This RESNET (Residential Energy Systems Network) accredited training is intended to prepare individuals to become certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) raters. The course covers building science basics, building diagnostics, RESNET standards for HERS ratings, and use of REM/Rate (Residential Energy Modeling) rating software program. Training includes the nationally-standardized Home Energy Rating System rater exam.

BPI Building Analyst Training

This course provides the knowledge and experience necessary to prepare professionals conducting home weatherization energy audits to pass the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst exams, and become a certified Building Analyst (BA) for the Building Envelope (BE) exam to become a certified Building Envelope Professional. HEG’s qualified staff provides classroom training and proctors to administer the required field exam necessary for BA or BE certification.

Building Analyst Training options include combining HERS Rater / Building Analyst classes as well as opportunities for web based training in combination with field training to optimize the use of your time on site. View our schedule for upcoming training classes.  Contact us today to get more information on our BPI Building Analyst Training programs or to register for an upcoming class.

Home Assessments and Energy Audits

“If every home in the United States reduced their energy consumption by 10%, we could eliminate the need for 40 power plants”

Home assessment and energy audit studies have shown that the average house loses 25% of its heating and cooling through duct leakage.  Are you paying to heat and cool your attics or crawl spaces?

The majority of air leakage entering a home, impacting both energy efficiency and home comfort, comes from holes through the floor, walls and ceiling.

A Home Assessment and Energy Audit includes a combination of visual inspections with building diagnostic testing to identify problem areas in a home.  The diagnostic testing includes the use of a Blower Door test to identify air leakage sources, an Infra Red Camera scan to identify thermal bypasses in a home and an optional Duct Blaster test to measure the leakiness of the duct systems.

A report outlining the findings and recommendations is submitted to the home owner.  The home assessment and energy audit report prioritizes the repair recommendations based on the biggest “bang for the dollar”.  As part of the Home Assessment, HEG can show the home owner how to make simple improvements to the home, or Home Energy Group can provide a proposal for basic weatherization repairs.

LEED for Homes

Home Energy Group is the only LEED for Homes Provider under the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program located in South Carolina.

LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system developed for the US Green Building Council (USGBC) that promotes the design and construction of high performance “green” homes. For instance, a green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants.

Lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins are all benefits to owning and maintaining a LEED home.

The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home. The LEED Rating System is the nationally recognized standard for green building. LEED certification recognizes and rewards builders for meeting the highest performance standards, and gives homeowners confidence that their home is durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly. Click here to view a five minute video on what it takes to get LEED for Homes certified and then contact us to get started.

LEED for Homes: Certification Process from U.S. Green Building Council on Vimeo

Visit our LEED for Homes projects across the South Carolina.

Energy Star

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy created to help us all save money while protecting the environment through the use of energy efficient products and practices.

New homes built to ENERGY STAR standards help the home owner save money while protecting the environment. And its easier than you think to get started. New homes can be built to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® standard with typical ENERGY STAR upgrades that include: Effective Insulation, Air Sealing, Tight Ducts, Right sized HVAC, and third party verification.

Home Energy Group works with your construction team to identify no cost / low cost upgrades to build an energy efficient and healthy home. HEG utilizes energy modeling tools combined with our vast experience to provide fact based information for the project team to select the most cost effective energy efficient upgrades for the home.

There are six steps to an ENERGY STAR qualified home, to learn more about these six steps visit our Resources page.

Does constructing an energy efficient home cost more?

NO.

If a $5,000 investment in energy efficiency features adds $30 to the monthly mortgage, but returns $60 per month in lower utility bills, its easy to realize energy efficiency is a safe choice, very affordable, and maximizes your return on investment!

Green Consulting / Modeling

Building a green home or community is a major undertaking and can be daunting.

Home Energy Group has participated in the planning and construction process of more than eight communities throughout South Carolina and has the expertise to insure your project stays on the mark and on schedule.

Additionally HEG can help you select which green certification level is best to target and can connect you with other professionals who assist in the eight LEED for Homes scorecard areas.

Home Energy Group also performs modeling for Manual J (HVAC load calculation) and RemRate for IECC 2006 compliance.