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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.

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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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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@resnetus

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English

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Episodes

EP105 Unpacking the ANSI-RESNET-ACCA-ICC 310 HVAC Rating Standard series Tasks 2&3, Duct Leakage and Blower Airflow With Steve Rogers

9/26/2022
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...

Duration:00:42:33

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

9/12/2022
“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,...

Duration:00:38:12

EP103 KB Home Creating More Water Efficient Homes with RESNET’s HERSH2O and EPA WaterSense with Jacob Atalla

8/29/2022
“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...

Duration:00:29:55

EP102 RESNET HERS Index Ratings Soon to be Recognized in California with David Choo and Laurel Elam

8/8/2022
“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...

Duration:00:23:32

EP101 Freddie Mac’s Green Mortgage Program with Simone Beaty

7/25/2022
“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....

Duration:00:29:56

EP100 HERS Modelers Ensure Consistency of Input in HERS Ratings with Joshua Anderson and Scott Doyle

7/11/2022
“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)...

Duration:00:28:47

EP99 Unpacking the ANSI-RESNET-ACCA-ICC 310 HVAC Rating Standard series Task 1, Design with Alex Meaney

6/27/2022
“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...

Duration:00:39:04

EP98 Letting the data speak on HERS rated homes with Ryan Meres

6/13/2022
“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...

Duration:00:26:31

EP97 Meet the 2022 Emerging Leadership Council Fellows - Part 1 with Noah Lawrence, Matt Jansing and Jared Kain-Woods

5/30/2022
“The minute you decide to do what you love to do, you have made a life plan for yourself and a career choice” Huda Kattan What are the perspectives of those new to the building industry? RESNET’s Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) Fellows program provides recognition for future leaders. What are some of the reasons they got “noticed”? How do this year’s ELC Fellows feel about the work they do? Do they love their work? (The 2022 ELC Fellows are split into two...

Duration:00:36:07

EP96 The State of Sustainable Building 2022 with Sara Gutterman

5/9/2022
“Anytime we step boldly to make changes, we take a chance that we might fail. But the only way to get better is to try.“ -Joyce Meyer How do you define sustainable home building? What will sustainable home building look like in 2022? Where can you get a handle on data to help drive your decisions in this area? What are the bold steps you can take? RESTALK is pleased to welcome back Sara Gutterman, co-founder and CEO of Green Builder Media to give us insights about the state of...

Duration:00:35:47

EP95 CRESNET and The RESNET Cross Border Challenge With John Godden

4/25/2022
“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, Not by the desire to beat others “ -Ayn Rand What’s it like in the rating world north of our border? What are some of things that the Canadian Raters do that parallel or differ from what is done in the US? What can we learn from our neighbors to the north though a cross border challenge? The Cross Border Challenge is an annual event sponsored by RESNET and the Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET) to...

Duration:00:29:56

EP94 Learn more about embodied carbon in housing with Andy Buccino, Sara DeVico, and Mike Browne

4/11/2022
“Science does not know its debt to imagination. “ -Ralph Waldo Emerson More and more we hear of the impact of carbon on our society and environment. Recent data says that operational carbon (the carbon that comes from energy, heat, lighting, etc. ) is becoming less of a factor. Now. attention is now shifting to embodied carbon - the carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions associated with materials and construction processes throughout the whole lifecycle of a building or...

Duration:00:39:18

EP93 Meet the New Leaders of the ELC with Dylan Tindall and Jacob Kamen

3/28/2022
“Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders. “ -Tom Peters Employee retention is a hot topic as 1/3 of new employees leave their job after about 6 months. Additionally, over 70% of employers are having a tough time recruiting skilled candidates. How does RESNET’s Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) work to address these challenges? How can membership in the ELC help to shape someone’s career? Today’s podcast will attempt to answer these questions with the help of Dylan...

Duration:00:25:19

EP92 Women in HERS with Elizabeth Sanfelippo and Beth Ainsworth

3/14/2022
“I hope to continue to inspire our nation’s youth to pursue careers in science, technology engineering, and math so they, too, may reach for the stars.“ -Ellen Ochoa (American engineer, former astronaut, and former director of the Johnson Space Center) The percentage of women in the construction industry grew from 9.9 percent in 2018, to 10.9 percent in 2020 marking a recent steady increase in women's employment. Women now take on more roles in the industry that range from work in the...

Duration:00:29:42

EP91 Who are the buyers of HERS Rated Homes and what is driving their decisions? with Ryan Meres

2/28/2022
“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data. -Daniel Keys Moran Time marches on. And so do the changes in the demographics of buyers. What are the characteristics of home buyers, especially those that buy HERS rated homes? How can those in the HERS industry align with the factors important to the new wave of home buyers? We are back with Ryan Meres, Program Manager at RESNET, who is known for doing his research, collecting the data and...

Duration:00:25:35

EP90 ICC and RESNET Collaboration toward Net Zero Energy Homes with Dominic Sims and Mark Johnson from ICC

2/7/2022
“The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that’s proven.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda There are some distinct megatrends that will increase the number of NetZero homes. How is the ICC facilitating the drive to Net Zero homes? How is RESNET collaborating with ICC on this topic? We are joined today by two executives from the International Code Council (ICC) to discuss NetZero homes and collaboration with RESNET. Dominic Sims, CEO shares with...

Duration:00:24:53

EP89 An Overview of the RESNET 2022 Priorities with Steve Baden & John Hensley

1/24/2022
“Collaboration is a key part of the success of any organization, executed through a clearly defined vision and mission and based on transparency and constant communication." -Dinesh Paliwal In simplest terms, what path is RESNET on? What is the RESNET mission? How are the goals crafted that align with and fulfill the mission? How are priorities and budgets set so these goals are achieved? Both John Hensley, President of the RESNET Board of Directors, and Steve Baden, RESNET...

Duration:00:31:44

EP88 Learn about the RESNET 2022 Building Performance Conferences with Emma Bennett

1/10/2022
“For me, conferences are like little mental vacations: a chance to go visit an interesting place for a couple of days, and come back rested and refreshed with new ideas and perspectives.” -Erin McKean Con-fer-ence: a large official meeting, usually lasting for a few days, at which people with the same work or interests come together to discuss their views. Check. From the Latin conferre or ‘bring together’. Ok, check. How will the team at RESNET fulfill the goals of, and definition of...

Duration:00:23:12

EP87 RESTalk 2021 Highlight Reel with Bill Spohn

12/27/2021
“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, It’s the only time we’ve got.” - Art Buchwald 23 episodes, 23 topics and 22 different guests. We covered a lot of ground in the RESTalk podcast in 2021. We hope we stimulated your thinking and moved you into action in this sometimes 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 &...

Duration:00:41:19

EP86 State of RESNET QA with Laurel Elam, Scott Doyle and Billy Giblin

12/20/2021
“Most decisions are not binary, and there are usually better answers waiting to be found if you do the analysis and involve the right people.” -Jamie Dimon The topics of real time data and data analytics are discussed in many businesses circles these days. As the RESNET Board and Quality Assurance (QA) team charts a path to move RESNET QA from the gold standard to platinum, data analytics will pay a large role. What strategic initiatives are being considered to advance the QA...

Duration:00:36:18