part of its longstanding commitment to promoting energy efficient
construction, York Technical College has received Home Energy Rating System
Provider Accreditation from the Residential Energy Services Network
(RESNET). York Tech is the first college in
the nation to receive this designation.
"Achieving this accreditation eliminates a major hurdle in allowing the
college to train a workforce knowledgeable in energy efficient
constructions methods for the future," said Rod Trump, director of York
Technical College's Energy Resource Center.
Working with the South Carolina Energy
Office and the major electrical providers in the two Carolinas, this
accreditation is a significant step in York Technical College's
ability to train Energy Star raters for both North and South Carolina.
A home energy rating
involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite
inspections. Based on the visual verification, the Home Energy Rater uses an
energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the
home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS
Index. Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the
builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure
the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. The rater then
conducts onsite inspections, a blower door test (to test the leakiness
of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the duct
system). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan
review, are used to generate the HERS Index score for the home.
“Given that a great deal of energy in our state is
used in the residential sector, this accreditation will go a long way to
increase energy efficiency throughout the state,” said John Clark,
director of the Energy Office. “York Tech will be providing a vital
service to South Carolina as it trains professionals to
indentify energy savings.”
In 2008, with strong support from the offices of
Sen. Lindsey Graham and
Rep. John Spratt, York Technical College's Energy Resource Center was
able to secure $200,000 in federal funding to establish a Residential
Energy Efficiency program in connection with the college’s
established Building Construction Trades program to
develop courses in energy efficient construction methods.
These courses will strengthen the skills, capacity, and global
competitiveness of the U.S. in the areas of energy efficiency and
Working closely with
local home builders, the City of Rock Hill, the S.C. Energy Office,
Carolina Community Action, and others, the college's Energy
mission is to strengthen South Carolina’s energy, environmental and
economic vitality through the use of renewable energy sources, energy
conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of alternative fuel
vehicles—has undertaken a
number of initiatives related to energy efficient construction in recent
years. These include hosting the
SC/NC Home Energy Efficiency Conference as well as the Home Energy Expo.
For more information, contact Trump at (803) 981-7074 or
The HERS Index is a scoring system
established by the Residential Energy Services Network and recognized by
the EPA in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS
Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation
Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a
HERS Index of 0. In order to be considered an Energy Star home it must
score 85 or lower. The lower a home’s HERS Index, the more energy
efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.
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