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12/05/2011
Hudson Valley Community College Named as an Accredited RESNET HERS Rater Training Provider

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

The Workforce Development Institute of Hudson Valley Community College, a provider of energy efficiency workforce training, will now offer training for those interested in becoming a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater.

HERS Raters help homeowners decide which improvements they should make in order to reduce energy usage in a cost effective manner. A HERS Rater also evaluates new homes to gauge the level of energy efficiency that can be expected when the house is occupied.

Many new homes are rated to see if they meet or exceed ENERGY STARŪ requirements. Some of the features that are evaluated include air tightness, insulation level, heating and hot water appliances, and major appliances such as the refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes dryer. Raters also consider such aspects as solar orientation, sun exposure, renewable energy sources and local area climate in order to accurately assess the energy use of the home. These factors are then used to generate a computer model of energy usage that is compared to a similar style "code built" home. Data provided by the HERS rater lets the homeowner know in advance what energy usage to expect, thus allowing them to consider adjustments or upgrades to these features that may pay for themselves over time with reduced energy use.

Certified HERS Raters are qualified to evaluate new homes for the New York State ENERGY STAR Labeled Homes and Green Jobs/Green NY programs.

Those who obtain the HERS Rater certification may find employment with contractors in the NYSERDA-supported New York State Green Jobs/Green NY program, with municipal weatherization agencies, or be self-employed as a home energy evaluator.

Pay rates for these jobs range from $12 - $20 per hour. The pay for self-employed home energy evaluators will vary greatly, but as an example, a home evaluator participating in the Green Jobs/Green NY program is paid $250 for the average home evaluated.

The curriculum was approved by RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) for use in preparing students for the National HERS Rater Exam. RESNET is active throughout the United States in the building performance and home energy rating industries and establishes standards for evaluating and gauging energy use in residential buildings. RESNET also develops rigorous online and field practical tests that candidates must pass before becoming a certified HERS Rater.

The curriculum was developed under contract funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

For more information regarding this training program and registration, please visit www.hvcc.edu/ceebs/trainings.html or call (518) 629-4111.

Hudson Valley Community College's next HERS Rater training course is scheduled to begin on Dec. 13. Building Analyst training or BPI Building Analyst certification is a prerequisite for this course. To learn more about becoming a HERS Rater, visit the RESNET Web site www.resnet.us.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.