RESNET Launches New Web Site
New Web Site Educates ConsumersThe new web site for consumers (www.resnet.us) explains to homeowners what a rating or audit entails. “We were responding to requests within our membership to provide information to educate homeowners,” says Steve Baden, RESNET executive director. “With the current expansion of our industry, and especially as the Home Star legislation is set to pass, there is a growing need for consumers to understand exactly what it is that energy raters and auditors do.”
On the red-themed consumer web site, homeowners can search by zip code to find local certified raters and auditors, and EnergySmart contractors in various trades. Previously, only raters were listed, and only by state. The new site is much more flexible than the old one and makes it easier to find local professionals.
The new site includes an upgraded profile page where raters, auditors, and contractors can display information about their company and the services they provide. To help home-owners find the right professional for their needs, profile pages include the following features:
- company logo;
- contact information;
- web site link;
- automatic e-mail message;
- company description;
- professional certification logos;
- Google map of office location;
- list of other company offices;
- ability to post case studies; and
- ability to post testimonials and rating of service by past customers.
New RESNET Web Site for ProfessionalsRESNET’s new web site design includes a separate site geared toward raters and other industry professionals (www.resnet.us/professional). There is also a link to this web site on the consumer site. With separate navigational tabs for raters and auditors, contractors and builders, and providers, the information is well organized and easy to find. The blue-themed site contains information about certifications, training and testing requirements, provider registries and applications, the annual RESNET conference, and much more than it is possible to include here. The professional web site also features the RESBlog, which is a place where industry professionals post job opportunities, information about upcoming events, technical articles, and information about training courses. We recommend browsing both the consumer and professional web sites to see the changes.
RESNET Not Slowing DownWith the introduction of the new RESNET EnergySmart Contractor designation (more to come) and the launch of its new web site, RESNET has been extremely busy as it prepares for the passing of the Home Star legislation. And RESNET shows no sign of slowing down. In the coming months it plans to undertake an aggressive consumer marketing campaign, introduce new certifications for Building Performance Auditors and Comprehensive HERS Raters, and commercial building ratings. Among other initiatives, the organization plans to develop a national comprehensive energy audit modeling standard.
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