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HERS Provider/Rater and Certificate of Compliance Forms

What is a HERS Provider / HERS Rater and Understanding Certificate of Compliance Forms

HERS Providers:  The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Providers must be approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC).  The HERS Provider is responsible for ongoing access of the Registry and Database to the CEC, to train and certify HERS Raters, to create Quality Assurance Programs, conduct quality assurance on HERS Raters’ work, report annually to CEC, and must abide by HERS Regulations. There are only three HERS Providers approved in California (http://www.energy.ca.gov/HERS/providers.html).  They are CalCERTS (for newly constructed, alterations and whole house), CHEERS (for newly constructed and whole house), and USERA (for alterations only).

HERS Raters:  A HERS Rater is a licensed and certified professional by an accredited HERS Provider. The HERS Rater is a third-party inspector that can conduct inspections and evaluations of home’s energy features and develops a home’s energy rating score (HERS Rating or HERS Index Score) in addition to making recommendations for energy-efficient improvements. A HERS Rater must be a third-party. For example, a HVAC Company cannot also be the HERS Rater conducting inspections on their own work. The HVAC Company and the HERS Rater must be two separate affiliations.

RESIDENTIAL COMPLIANCE FORMS

CF1R:  Certificate of Compliance (Permit Application)

  • The Project’s Energy Code Design Requirements / Permit Application
  • Provided with Plans or Equipment Schedule
  • Submitted to Building Department for Permit
  • Must be Signed by All Parties Responsible for Building Design & Registered with Approved HERS Provider
  • Submitted to Enforcement Agency

CF2R:  Certificate of Installation (Installation & Inspection)

  • Construction and Installer Verification Testing
  • Forms Signed and Submitted by Installing Subcontractor or Builder During Construction Verifying Installations and Installation Testing
  • Posted at Building Site
  • Reviewed by Building Inspector
  • Mandatory Measures Found within these Forms

CF3R:  Certificate of Verification – HERS (Acceptance & HERS Verification)

  • The Third-Party Verification (HERS) Sign Off After All of the Above Are Completed
  • Verification Provided by a Certified HERS Rater
  • Field Inspections
  • Made available BEFORE Building Inspector Arrives for Final

LINKS TO FORMS

**Please note this is DuctTesters interpretation. It is the responsibility of anyone utilizing this information to ensure that it is in compliance with the CEC and CA Title 24 Standards.**

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Understanding HERS Verification Sampling


The real number of sampled versus inspected homes cannot be pre-determined by simply dividing.  Sampling protocol criteria as set forth by the California Energy Commission (CEC) must be followed.  Sampling protocol requires to first conduct a HERS verification of one of every single plan type and option variation (based on square footage), then set those aside as the modeled plans. Then the HERS verification continues to inspect production homes to make sure there are not any recurring non-compliance issues. Once it is determined that the trades are installing according to the energy codes without recurring issues, then the spot-checking (aka sampling protocol) begins.

The CEC gives HERS Raters two options: Open Groups (1 in 5) and Closed Groups (1 in 7).

  • Open group sampling is performed in batches of 5 to process and provide documents as each home nears permit sign off. Basically, documents are processed and provided for each home that has CF2R trade forms completed without having to wait for the other homes in that group.
  • Closed group sampling is performed in batches of 7, however no documents for any of those 7 homes can be processed until all CF2R trade forms are uploaded to the registry by the subcontractors. Basically, the HERS Verification gets held up and cannot provide CF3R documents on any homes in that group until all 7 houses have CF2R trade forms completed. Then the entire group of 7 at one time is processed and provided.

In situations where there may be issues, DuctTesters always works with the subcontractor trades to help educate them of the energy codes and testing requirements. DuctTesters does not and can not make changes or adjustments, however DuctTesters will work with the trades to help them trouble shoot and learn moving forward.

The DuctTesters team of Certified Energy Analysts and Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Raters are dedicated to quality work that ensures that the energy features proposed on paper are what actually gets installed during the construction process. Behind the scenes is a friendly office staff that supports it all and is eager to please each client.  The office staff handles all the paperwork, also attends industry training, sends out accurate bid proposals with no hidden costs, and can handle the industry jargon and tough questions.

**Please note this is DuctTesters interpretation. It is the responsibility of anyone utilizing this information to ensure that it is in compliance with the CEC and CA Title 24 Standards.**

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