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 ...
To read complete online articles, you need to sign up for an Online Subscription.
Once an order has been placed there is an automatic $10 processing fee that will be deducted with any cancellation.
The Home Energy Online articles are for personal use only and may not be printed for distribution. For permission to reprint, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.