The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 will provide financial incentives to homeowners who use NATE-certified technicians for home energy efficiency improvements.
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010
will provide financial incentives to homeowners who use NATE-certified
technicians for home energy efficiency improvements. The bill recently passed
the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently under review by the U.S. Senate.
American Technician Excellence developed an efficiency analyst exam in an
effort to promote HVACR installation practices that save energy and reduce peak
demand. The exam was created in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy and
the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. The senior-level certification exam,
which requires that the technician already possess at least one cooling and one
heating service certification, tests a technician’s knowledge of the
installation, service, maintenance and repair of HVACR system operations to
maintain high levels of energy efficiency or suggest ways in which energy usage
can be dramatically reduced.
“The HVAC efficiency analyst
senior certification validates the ability of technicians who have passed the
exam to help consumers take advantage of incentives available through the Home
Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 as they upgrade heating and cooling
equipment,” said Patrick Murphy, vice president of certifications at NATE. “The
exam also provides a way for HVACR technicians to differentiate themselves as
energy efficiency experts, which is so important at a time when energy costs
are on the minds of most Americans.”
According to Murphy,
the exam tests the technician’s knowledge of load calculation, equipment selection,
air and hydronic distribution, indoor air and environment quality, planned maintenance
and system performance.
The efficiency analyst certification
is one of six NATE certifications held by Robert Millen, a technician with
Adams Electric in Pratt, Kan.
“NATE exams and
certifications are relevant to today’s highly competitive HVAC market,” said
Millen. “The efficiency analyst certification, for example, tests a
technician’s ability to perform day-to-day service calls. But just as importantly,
this senior technician test equips him or her to look beyond a simple furnace
or air-conditioning repair to the big energy picture and uncover important
opportunities for energy savings in homes and businesses.”