RESNET Quality Assurance
July 01, 2005
According to a former NASA engineer, in the several years prior to the Challenger space shuttle accident, quality assurance—then known as quality control—at NASA had been cut by more than 50%.The effect of the lack of quality assurance at NASA was not apparent for years.Although no one’s life, per se, depends on the quality and consistency of HERS ratings in the United States, a lack of rater oversight, over time, will undermine people’s confidence in the home energy rating process, and eventually in the home energy rating industry.The rating industry has a lot at stake in ensuring the integrity of its raters and their ratings. The recent Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) standards amendments include provisions for quality assurance (QA) that are intended to make home energy ratings reliable and consistent across the country, and therefore more likely to hold and keep the public’s confidence. The heart of the new standards is the establishment of a QA designee who will supervise raters and rating providers. The designee is responsible for maintaining QA records, reviewing the work ...
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