Designing and Building Your Dream Home

encore-RESNET: What is an Energy Rater & Why You Need One on Your Project!

This episode of the show discusses just how important it is to have an energy rater work with your architect and builder in the design and construction of your custom home. Energy raters will help your builder to measure the energy efficiency of the home they are building for you, against the standards of performance that RESNET has established for residential construction. Engaging the services of an energy rater will ensure that your dream home won’t just be a custom home – it will be a high-performance custom home!

Who is RESNET? The Residential Energy Services Network or RESNET is a not-for-profit, membership corporation that is governed by a board of directors (who are elected by membership).

In April 1995, the National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America founded the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages.

RESNET is a recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States involving:

My guest, Ryan Meres has 16 years of experience in the building performance industry, working for state and federal agencies as well as several NGOs.

As the Program Director for RESNET, Ryan currently leads numerous programs, including implementation of RESNET’s HERSH2O whole-house water efficiency standard; as well as initiatives to get energy and water efficiency valued in the real estate transaction process.

Ryan also oversees RESNET’s National Registry of more than 2.6 million HERS Rated homes. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design and lives in eastern North Carolina with his wife and their three children.