If you, your business, or your organization is interested in becoming a qualified assessor and offering the Arkansas Home Energy Score as part of your programming, start by contacting Program Manager Chet Howland. The Arkansas Energy Office will be hosting in-person assessor trainings across Arkansas in coming months. See below for steps on achieving and maintaining qualified assessor status through the Arkansas Home Energy Score Program. Please note that all assessor candidates achieving pre-qualified status in Arkansas at these in-person training will receive $350 rebates for their time.
The Arkansas Energy Office asks that all partner organizations sign and return the following non-binding Home Energy Score Ally Agreement.
All assessor candidates must possess a relevant residential building credential, such as BPI certification, HERS Rater, ASHI inspector, LEED Green Rater, or InterNACHI Home Energy Inspector. The U.S. Department of Energy maintains a non-exhaustive list of qualifying credentials.
Assessor training involves two components, a computer simulation culminating in a written exam and a hands-on group mentoring exercise. In Arkansas, these trainings will take place over the course of three days in Spring 2017 in both central and northwest Arkansas, led by experienced staff from Earth Advantage. The first two days will walk through the SIM and written exam and the fnal day will involve a test house used for mentoring purposes. A working agenda of assessor trainings follows:
Arkansas Home Energy Score Sim Training & Testing
- Day 1
- 8:30 a.m. - Arrival
- 8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Partner Organization Overview
- 9 a.m. - Introduction to Sim Training Portal. Review basic portal navigation, training resources, toolbox, etc.
- 9:30 a.m. - 3D Practical Training: House #1, Scenario #1. Walk through house 1 scenario 1 on overhead.
- 10 a.m. - Individual/Group Time: 3D Training and Challenge House #1. Students working on their own through the tool while instructor is available to give technical support/guidance.
- 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
- 1 p.m. - 3D Practical Training: House #2, Scenario #1. Walk through house 2 scenario 1 on overhead.
- 1:30 p.m. - Individual/Group Time: 3D Training and Challenge House # 2.
- 4:15 p.m. - Q&A, Finish Up Challenge House #1 or #2 as needed.
- 5 p.m. - End of Day.
**Homework: Complete 3D Challenge Homes #1 and #2 (score 90 or above). We want everyone to have completed the first two challenge homes
- Day 2
- 8:30 a.m. - Individual/Group Time: 3D Training and Challenge Home #3. Walk through house 3 scenario 1 on overhead.
- 9:30 a.m. - 3D Practical Training: House #3, Scenario #1.
- Noon - Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. - 3D Practical Test
- 3 p.m. - Part II Multiple choice study and test. Briefly review materials covered. Take test.
- 4:15 p.m. - Review of Secondary Resources – Field Data Collection Protocol
- 5 p.m. - End of Day.
**Homework: Secondary Resources. Read through the secondary resources in preparation for gathering field data.
- Day 3
- 8:30 a.m. - Arrival at Mentor Audit Home
- 8:45 a.m. - Gather field data
- Noon - Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. - Enter Mentor Home Data in HES software
- 2 p.m. - Introduction to CakeSystems User Interface
- 2:30 p.m. - Q&A
- 3 p.m. - Optional time for anyone needing extra time
- 5 p.m. - Training Ends
Start Scoring Homes!
After training is complete, you are now qualified to issue Arkansas Home Energy Scores as part of your organization's suite of residential energy efficiency offerings to Arkansas homeowners. If at any point you should need assistance, don't hesistate to contact Earth Advantage or the Arkansas Energy Office.