CertainTeed Corporation and the Residential Energy Services Network announced in a press release  that they are joining forces to help increase residential energy efficiency. This will allow auditors and contractors to collaborate, exchange resources, and enhance their expertise in recommending and implementing energy efficiency retrofits.
CertainTeed and RESNET will help to connect qualified insulation contractors and certified energy auditors at a local level to share knowledge and best practices when inspecting and testing a home, and recommend cost-effective improvements to increase its energy efficiency. CertainTeed will subsidize the cost of the training for its contractor customers to help them earn their designation as a RESNET EnergySmart Contractor. This certification meets the existing requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program.
As part of the RESNET EnergySmart Contractor program, contractors must complete a training course that covers topics including the principles of energy, cost-effective efficient energy practices, the house as an interrelated system, combustion safety and the order that work must be carried out for optimal safety and effectiveness. CertainTeed will provide RESNET with access to insulation-specific technical information and best practices, including building science expertise and material selection options when providing insulation upgrades to homeowners.