Step 7: Builder + Rater Meeting

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What should the Rater bring to the meeting?

This meeting will be an opportunity for the Rater to give the builder information on which energy-efficiency features will be necessary in order to comply with ENERGY STAR Version 3. If the Rater has completed an energy model, it is helpful to bring a list of proposed features and components. In RemRate, the Energy Cost and Feature Report contains all of the necessary information.

The builder might find some proposals cost or time prohibitive, so it is always best to be flexible and have a back-up plan.

What should the builder bring to the meeting?

This meeting will be an opportunity for the builder get all of the information on which energy-efficiency features will be necessary in order to comply with ENERGY STAR Version 3. It is the best time for the builder to voice concerns about any of the energy-efficiency proposals.

Who will be verifying ENERGY STAR requirements?

It will be important to discuss who will be verifying completed work once construction begins. This meeting is a great opportunity to establish responsibilities of verification. According to the ENERGY STAR Inspection Checklists:

  • Thermal Enclosure Rater System Checklist: Up to 8 items may be verified by the builder. The rest must be verified by the Rater.
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Contractor Checklist: Sections 1 through 5 may be verified by the builder or the Rater.
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Rater Checklist: Only the Rater may verify items on this checklist.
  • Water Management System Builder Checklist: Any range of items may be verified by the Rater. Items not verified by the rater must be verified by the builder.