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Enhance your business by adding the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score to your menu of services. A Home Energy Score—like a MPG rating for a car—rates the home on a scale of 1-10, based on how much energy the home is expected to use. It can give your customers reliable information to help them save money on energy bills and live more comfortably in their homes. As energy labeling becomes more influential in the real estate market, stay ahead of the curve and offer this vital information to your clients!
Ways to use the Home Energy Score:
Build It Green (BIG) is an official Home Energy Score Partner of the U.S. Department of Energy (serving California with a focus on PG&E’s service territory). That means we can assist you in completing the required FREE trainings and forms. Interested in learning more? Contact your BIG account representative.
If you are an HVAC or home performance contractor, energy auditor, rater, home inspector, or another type of residential energy professional, you can become a Home Energy Score Assessor. To be eligible, you must also:
|Organization||Minimum Accepted Credential|
|American Society of Home Inspectors||ASHI Inspector; Certified Inspector|
|Building Performance Institute||Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge; Building Analyst|
|Build It Green||Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP); Green Point Rater|
|California Real Estate Inspection Association||Certified Home Inspector|
|GreenHome Institute||GreenHome Professional|
|International Association of Certified Home Inspectors||Home Energy Inspector|
|National Association of the Remodeling Industry||Green Certified Professional; Certified Remodeler; Master Certified Remodeler|
|National Institute of Building Inspectors||Certified Home Inspector|
|North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners||PV Installation Professional|
|North American Technician Excellence||Air Conditioning / Heat Pumps; Gas / Oil Heating; Gas / Oil Hydronics|
|Oregon Training Institute||Residential Energy Analyst|
|Residential Energy Services Network||HERS Rater|
|U.S. Green Building Council||LEED: Green Rater or Green Associate|
The Simulation Training and written exam require 8-12 hours of a candidate’s time to complete. It can be taken at your own pace online or during an in-person two-day Boot Camp training with Build It Green. The two-day Boot Camp training includes mentoring on your first Home Energy Score which is a requirement before you are able to score homes on your own. To find an upcoming Home Energy Score training, browse our Events Calendar
Candidate Assessors must score their first home with a mentor (a Build It Green staff member). If you complete simulation training and testing online, you will need to schedule a separate Home Energy Score mentoring session with Build It Green before you are able to score homes on your own.
After a minimal investment in time, you’ll be ready to offer Home Energy Score on your own. Scores will be uploaded to BIG along with your HPXML file for Advanced Home Upgrade applications.