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EP12 Auto-population of HERS Index Scores with David Heslam (Earth Advantage) and Ryan Meres (RESNET)

When will there be a tipping point in the common use of energy ratings for homes? Join us as David Heslam (Earth Advantage) and Ryan Meres (RESNET) discuss how they are teaming up to seamlessly deliver Home Energy Ratings information to the real estate community. Listen in as David describes his career journey from builder, to green builder, then into education and research in the housing market. We discuss the inner workings of how the RESNET database interfaces with the National...


EP11 How HERS raters influence the development of the IECC with Eric Makela of NBI

How can HERS raters influence the development of the IECC? (International Energy Conservation Code) Join us as Eric Makela of the New Buildings Institute ( takes us on a journey through the world of energy codes. Eric is the perfect tour guide, as he has spent the last 30 years training on this topic to practitioners in the building, design and enforcement industries in a variety of venues in over 20 states. We learn of the work NBI does and how they’re...


EP10- How do building experts find the best home in the area they want to live? with CR Herro

Just as anyone else, building experts buy homes, too. Yet what are the differences in the way these insiders make their choices in finding the best homes to live in? Listen in as C.R. Herro, Vice President of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Meritage Homes shares with us his very thoughtful perspectives on the gaps that exist between the way buyers and experts make choices about the homes they live in. We discuss the new parameter of home choice beyond location, price, and...


EP9- Energy efficiency has value when you can measure it, market it, and sell it for! with Sandra Adomatis

How do you get folks to understand the increased value in high performing, energy efficient homes? Sandra Adomatis of Adomatis Appraisal Service is making it her mission to answer that question by helping the US real estate industry appreciate that you need to measure it, market it and sell for it. Listen in as Sandy, describes her career journey which lead her to the point of being a highly sought-after nationally, called upon speaker earning her the title of the Green Queen. We...


EP8- Build it tight, ventilate right -Satisfying building codes & consumer expectations for health and comfort with AprilAire

Build it Tight. Ventilate Right. We hear a lot about the former, what about the latter? Listen in as we chat with Scott Grefsheim a Senior Product Engineer at Research Products (AprilAire) as he shares his 25-year passion for building products that improve health and comfort in homes and buildings. We discuss his complex role as a product engineer to define product specifications to satisfy building occupants, builders, dealers, energy raters as well as codes. He covers how various...


EP7- Recruiting the Next Generation of HERS Raters with Matt Gingrich and Val Briggs

Similar to what is happening with shifting demographics across the trades and construction industries, RESNET, too, is looking towards who will be their future leaders. Matt Gingrich, VP of the RESNET Board of Directors and Valerie Briggs, Communications Director for RESNET join host Bill Spohn to discuss the measures that RESNET is taking to address this trend. Learn about the newly formed ELC, or Emerging Leadership Council (of which Gingrich is the chairperson), which is poised to...


EP6- Get involved! The 2019 RESNET Conference is already gearing up!

Where does the Home Energy Rating industry meet every year? At the RESNET conference, of course! Listen in as Emma Bennett, RESNET staffer, fills us in on all the aspects of the upcoming 2019 conference. Mark your calendars and save the dates for this fun, engaging and educational event to be held February 25 -27, 2019 in New Orleans, LA. This coming year’s conference theme is: Go Forward Together. One link gets you to right to all the information you need as an attendee,...


EP5- Investment in Growing the Demand for HERS Ratings with Val Briggs

In today’s episode, host Bill Spohn welcomes Valerie Briggs, Communications Director for RESNET. Val shares the many different communication channels RESNET is now using to engage with stakeholders to help achieve the goal that RESNET has for the year 2020: that 50% of all new homes be energy rated. This boost in communications activities is funded in part by the increase in rating fees, hence RESNET has really committed to reinvesting in growing the market for ratings. You’ll hear about...


EP4- Enhancing Consistency of HERS Rating Software with Steve Baden

In today’s episode, your host Bill Spohn welcomes Steve Baden, Executive Director for RESNET to discuss how RESNET is working to enhance the Consistency of HERS rating software results. RESNET acknowledges that rating scores have varied depending on the software used and this impacts the quality and impact that a rating can have for all parties. Additionally, RESNET understands this core topic can generate frustration amongst raters. He details out the many continuous improvement...


EP3- RESNET's New Water Efficiency Rating with Ryan Meres

In today’s episode, host Bill Spohn welcomes Ryan Meres, Program Director for RESNET who discusses the new HERS H2O rating; a Water Rating index. Ryan takes us on a journey describing many facets of HERS H2O including the driving forces behind this project, how this standard is being developed, as well as the efforts being put in to provide the highest quality data in a water rating. Ryan walks us through the process of a HERS H2O rating demonstrating how it easily “tacks on” to a Home...


EP2- Enhancing the Quality of HERS ratings a conversation with Laurel Elam and Scott Doyle

In this episode, your host Bill Spohn welcomes Laurel Elam and Scott Doyle, two team members at RESNET dedicated to Quality Assurance. They discuss the importance of high quality information as a key component to help achieve the goal that RESNET has for the year 2020: that 50% of all new homes be energy rated. We also hear about the mountains of data that are collected and the new systems being put in place to use that data to the benefit of all stakeholders. You’ll hear about the...


EP1- RESNET 2020- Goals and Action Plan with Steve Baden

Welcome to the new RESTalk podcast! In this inaugural episode, your host Bill Spohn welcomes Steve Baden to talk about RESNET’s goals for 2020. Steve is the executive director of RESNET, the Residential Energy Service Network, the top national organization for Home Energy Ratings. Steve will paint the big picture of the bold internal challenges set by the RESNET’s Board of Directors in 2016. He will discuss the changes in the way quality assurance will be done, the changes in the approach to...