MABTEC is a non-profit providing quality assurance, training and education to the energy rating and efficiency communities.
MABTEC is an Accredited HERS Provider and Trainer. We can provide the services that a HERS Rater needs to become certified or maintain certification. We are dedicated in bringing to you, our knowledge and years of expertise in building science and energy efficiency.
Mission: “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them - Albert Einstein”. Provide the education, training and assistance to homeowners, builders and rating professionals to build energy efficient homes and improve existing homes.
Happy Memorial Day! Please remember those that have given the most to our Country, past and present!
Memorial Day... is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.
Everyone have a great 4th of July!!
Have fun, be safe!
Happy Memorial Day! Remember to thank our military, past and present today. They are why we live in the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
Find your home's Yard Stick Score. From Energy Star, "Assess the energy efficiency of your home and see how it measures up!"
energystar.gov Improve Your Energy Efficiency at Home. Use our Home Improvement Toolbox to save money and help protect the environment without sacrificing comfort.
New Business Opportunity for Certified HERS Raters with ACCA's RSI Verifier Program!
myemail.constantcontact.com Certified Home Energy Raters can apply to become a verifier with the RSI Program and then work with selected contractors in their area to verify that the jobs have been installed to the ACCA standards. Each RSI contractor must have 100% of their RSI-qualified installations reviewed by a RSI verifie...
This is a great article from RESNET on a problem we frequently run into.
resnet.us When improving your home insulation, areas to look at include attics, basements, exterior walls, window and doors, and ducts and vents.
Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Officers and Directors
President, Ed Reid, Bartels Heating & Cooling
President-Elect, Jeff Reed, Custom Air
Vice President, Brian Stack, Stack Heating & Cooling
Treasurer, Roger Gundlach, Gundlach Sheet Metal Works
Frank Alexander, Aire-Flo / Mark Swepston, Atlas Butler
Bruce Beckwith, Beckwith Heating & Cooling
John Walter, Brandon Heating & A/C
Tim Germany, Hauser Heating & A/C
Al DiLauro, Cleveland Air Comfort
Keith Raymond, Raymond Heating & Cooling
Paul Broerman, Choice Comfort
Tom Tanner, Tanner Heating & A/C
Bobby Thompson, Kish Heating & Cooling
Deborah Ratcliff, Ratcliff’s Heat & Air
Bill Duecker, Airtron Heating & A/C
RESNET has generously shared with us slides from the EPA Indoor airPLUS Presentation, "Building on ENERGY STAR: Stepping up to EPA's Indoor airPLUS label?" given at the recent conference. Take this opportunity to share this with your crew- it's a free education!
Great Advice from RESNET SmartHome. If you don't already follow them, you should!
resnet.us If you're finding your energy costs to be high, you're not alone. Fortunately, there's some good advice on how to reign in those high costs.
In the spirit of tax season, we thought we'd share with you the latest Federal Tax Credit information on products for your home from Energy Star!
energystar.gov Please note, not all ENERGY STAR qualified products qualify for a tax credit. ENERGY STAR distinguishes energy efficient products which, although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time, without a tax credit.
Whether you love snow or not, you can use it to judge your home's efficiency compared to other homes in your neighborhood. Learn more about nature's energy audit here:
energysvc.com Here are images of well-insulated roofs, and not-so-well insulated roofs for comparison and discussion of proper roof insulation techniques.
We're learning a lot about what's new in the industry at the RESNET Conference. Have you seen the new device that will turn your manometer into a wifi device? Take blower door readings from another floor in a house with this new product out in June this year.
energyvanguard.com Last night I asked Gary Nelson, owner of The Energy Conservatory, what's the latest and greatest in the world of blower doors.
We couldn't be more excited for the RESNET conference this week! See you there!
resnet.us February 27 - March 1, 2013 Orlando World Center Marriott Orlando, FL Building Knowledge, Building Teamwork The RESNET Building Performance
[02/16/13] The RESNET Building Performance Conference is just over a week away in Orlando, Florida. Hope to see you there!
We're so proud to be in such a progressive county. "By constructing new buildings more sustainably and updating inefficient systems at older schools, Loudoun County saved $28.4 million during Platenberg's tenure from January 2007 to December 2012. Read more in the article below.
edweek.org Under Jeffrey K. Platenberg's tenure, the Loudoun County, Va., school district built or renovated 22 schools—and still saved money.
Good news for Raters out there! Home builders are realizing the power of the HERS Index Score in their marketing efforts. Read more in this article from RESNET.
resnet.us An increasing number of builders are taking advantage of the marketing power of the RESNET HERS Index Score. Over the past month, builders from Utah to North
The Energy Conservatory offers many of the products we use at MABTEC. Along with product demonstration videos, they also offer gauge calibrations, tips, and product support. If you're looking for new equipment, try these products from the Energy Conservatory.
energyconservatory.com The Minneapolis Blower Door has long been recognized as the best designed and supported building airtightness testing system in the world. Combined with specialized accessories and testing procedures developed by The Energy Conservatory, the...
Interested in becoming a HERS Rater? Read more about the certification here, then contact us at MABTEC to register for one of our upcoming certification courses.
resnet.us RESNET has all the information you will need if you are interested in becoming an energy auditor or rater, and if not, you can ask detailed questions via the website and a RESNET professional will answer your queries.
MABTEC Congratulates Jim Petersen of the Pulte Group Election as the Vice President of the RESNET Board of Directors!
myemail.constantcontact.com Jim manages the R&D process to improve the quality, cost, and durability of PulteGroup’s Del Webb, DiVosta, Centex and Pulte homes. He also manages the large national production builder’s energy efficiency efforts. Jim Petersen is a Mechanical Engineer with 30 years of experience in the design and ...
Our next HERS Rater Training Course will be held February 11th- 15th, 2013. Click the link learn more about this course and register!
mabtec.org RESNET HERS Rater Certification Training class teaches the concepts necessary to become a Certified HERS Rater. This is a 5 day instructor lead interactive course.
We've all learned about Energy Star and Water Sense, but are you and your employees familiar with EPA Indoor airPLUS? Learn how moisture control, your HVAC system, and control of indoor toxins can award your home this label from the EPA.
epa.gov About the Indoor airPLUS Construction SpecificationsHow to Qualify a Home for the Indoor airPLUS LabelTerms Used in This DocumentIndoor airPLUS Verification Checklist
Estimating the energy usage of your appliances can be easy. If you're thinking of replacing your appliances, do the math and compare the cost of energy usage to new Energy Star appliances on the shelf. Sometimes new appliances really do pay for themselves!
energy.gov If you're trying to decide whether to invest in a more energy-efficient appliance or you'd like to determine your electricity loads, you may want to estimate appliance energy consumption.Formu
RESNET's 2012 Annual Report was released today! Follow this link to see the highlights of their accomplishments from the past year, and to see the full report.
resnet.us The year 2012 witnessed the achievement of a number of significant accomplishments for RESNET. In 2012 RESNET celebrated the one millionth home that was
Energy Star has compiled their list of "Most Efficient 2012." Click here to see which appliances made the list. From televisions to heating and cooing, it's all here.
energystar.gov The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012 designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. These exceptional products represent the leading edge in energy efficient products this year.
Happy Holidays from MABTEC!
Energy efficiency does more than save you money. Being efficient can also prolong the lifespan of your home’s appliances and help the environment.
MABTEC Congratulates Roy Honican's and Nancy St. Hilaire's election to the RESNET Board of Directors!
myemail.constantcontact.com Roy Honican has been the Residential Services coordinator at Blue Grass Energy in Nicholasville, Kentucky since January 2002, after a long career in the electrical and HVAC industries. In his present position, Roy is responsible for residential energy efficiency, including Energy Smart Builder and T...
Home Energy Saver is running a 12 Days of Energy Savings Campaign. Follow them for daily useful tips on home weatherization!
12 Days of Energy Savings
On the fifth day...
From Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, winter preparation tips for your home's furnace.
Don't wait for snow and ice to run through this RESNET checklist. http://bit.ly/WQlZVJ
Did you know the idea of wave power has been around since the 1700's? Learn more information on this source of renewable energy in this video from The Weather Channel.
A few miles off the coast of Newport, OR there is a machine that turns ocean waves into the kind of power you can use in your home. Dave Malkoff [ http://dav...
Purchasing Energy Star rated roofing materials can save you a substantial amount of money on your heating bills. Owens Corning carries multiple shingles with this rating. Find more information here:
roofing.owenscorning.com Owens Corning can help save energy costs in sunny climates through our ENERGY STARÂ® qualified roofing products. Learn more about the shingles are certified by ENERGY STARÂ® and meet the requirements for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2010.
The Energy Conservatory helps to make training easier by providing "quick guide" videos with demonstrations of their products. Show this to new trainees, or as a refresher.The Energy Conservatory helps to make training easier by providing "quick guide" videos with demonstrations of their products.
The Quick Guide has been developed to help new users of Blower Doors see how to set up and use a Minneapolis Blower Door. Part 1 describes why do a test, com...
A major source of air leakage in most homes are windows and doors. RESNET gives you tips on purchasing new windows and repairing old windows.
resnet.us The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization to help homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
[11/23/12] Happy Thanksgiving to all! We hope you had a wonderful and safe holiday!
Join Us at the RESNET 2013 Conference in sunny Orlando!
campaign.r20.constantcontact.com A valuable element of the annual conference are the pre-conference two day, one day and half day training opportunities. The 2013 RESNET Conference will offer a wide range of training opportunities.
Nine Long Island, New York Code Jurisdictions Adopt HERS Index Score Option to Building Energy Codes
The momentum of local code jurisdictions recognizing the HERS Index as a compliance option to their energy codes has increased with nine municipalities located in Long Island, New York recognizing a HERS Index Score as a code compliance option.
The following communities have incorporated the HERS Index into their building energy codes:
• Town of Brookhaven
• Town of Babylon
• Town of Hempstead
• Town of Huntington
• Town of Islip
• Town of North Hempstead
• Town of Oyster Bay
• Town of Riverhead
• Town of Southampton
These Long Island communities have joined jurisdictions from Idaho to Massachusetts in incorporating home energy ratings as a compliance option to energy codes.
RESNET has posted a web site, “The HERS Index as a Performance Path to Building Energy Codes” that includes the listing of know code jurisdictions that have adopted a HERS Index Score as a option to their energy codes. The site includes links to each municipality’s section pertaining to home energy ratings. Go to The HERS Index as a Performance Path to Building Energy Codes
RESNET Board of Directors Adopts Priorities for RESNET in 2013
At its Fall 2012 Board Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina the RESNET Board of Directors adopted the priorities for RESNET in 2013. The development of the 2013 priorities were based upon the RESNET Strategic Plan
The following are the 2013 RESNET priorities adopted by the RESNET Board:
Increase the Penetration of the RESNET HERS Index in the Housing Market
Work with the Building Industry, Code Advocates, Rating Industry and Local Code Jurisdictions to Incorporate the HERS Index Score has an Option in Building Energy Code Compliance
Consumer Awareness Campaign on the HERS Index Score
Advocate for Policy and Legislation to Foster the Financing of the Improved Energy Performance of Homes
Maintain RESNET’s Financial Sustainability
To down load the priorities go to 2013 RESNET Priorities
This article from Icynene helps us understand why spray foam insulation is becoming so popular among homeowners.
icynene.com Icynene MD-C-200™ is ideal for homeowners because it acts in two ways to protect their properties. It insulates and air-seals a building, and the solution will continuously perform for the life of a property.
CertainTeed Roofing's Solaris Shingles are approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council, can qualify for Leed Credits, and meet Energy Star standards in all colors offered.
certainteed.com Landmark Solaris™ from CertainTeed Roofing is a brilliant energy-saving breakthrough that puts cool roof technology to work. Landmark Solaris is a steep-slope, solar reflective asphalt roofing shingle which contains advanced colored granules that reflect the sun's rays and can reduce a roofs temper...
From Energy Star- Do you have a programmable thermostat at home? When you are asleep or out of the house, turn the temp down 8° for at least 7 hours and save about 10% a year on your heating bills.
energystar.gov Save energy and fight climate changewith ENERGY STAR qualified products. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.
RESNET Energy Smart Builder MOU Now Online Form
Over 200 homebuilders from across the U.S. have entered into Memorandums of Understandings (MOU) with RESNET and have been designated as RESNET Energy Smart Builders. In the MOU the builder commits to having all of their homes energy rated and marketing their homes’ HERS Index Score. For more information on the RESNET Energy Smart Builder designation and a listing of builders that have entered into MOUs with RESNET go to RESNET Energy Smart Builders (http://www.resnet.us/professional/builder-partners)
To make it easier for builders to enter into a MOU with RESNET, an online MOU application page as been posted on the RESNET web site. All a builder needs to do is to complete a short questionnaire and the form automatically creates the MOU. To sign up to be designated as a RESNET Energy Smart Builder click on RESNET Energy Smart Builder Application Form (http://www1.resnet.us/builders/mou.aspx)
resnet.us Learn more about our newest strategic partnerships with home builders.
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