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January 12, 2011 12:51 ET

ICAA Selects Home Energy Team Institute as a Preferred Training Provider to Qualify Members for RESNET's New EnergySmart Contractor Guidelines

FREDERICK, MARYLAND--(Marketwire - Jan. 12, 2011) - In support of the newly revised Qualified EnergySmart Contractor Guidelines promulgated by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA) has chosen Home Energy Team Institute as a preferred training company for members seeking the necessary credentials to participate on designated Home Performance Teams and be promoted to consumers on the RESNET contractor directory. 

RESNET's philosophy on comprehensive home performance improvements is not to restrict business models or duplicate existing industry quality installation standards for contractors. Instead RESNET is recognizing existing industry quality standards and allowing the market place to determine who will lead the project. ICAA has quality installation standards for the insulation industries. RESNET's role is to facilitate partnerships between RESNET certified auditors and trained qualified contractors to work as a team.

RESNET consumer surveys found that homeowners want an independent qualified specialist to guide them in making comprehensive energy upgrades to their homes. The research also found that consumers want the process not to be complicated. The new RESNET EnergySmart Home Performance Teams meets these duo needs. The RESNET rater will perform a diagnostic assessment; prepare an action plan for the consumer and link with qualified EnergySmart contractors to complete the work. As an independent party, the rater would ensure the work is done correctly by completing the quality assurance "test-out" inspection.

ICAA-member insulation contractors are certified insulation installers that subscribe to the ICAA Code of Business Ethics as a condition of membership. Recognizing the need for sound and ethical business standards and practices, ICAA-member contractors pledge to uphold the highest ethical standards.

"ICAA is encouraging our members to take advantage of the fast growing demand for contractors who have nationally recognized home performance credentials like the RESNET Qualified EnergySmart Contractor designation," says ICAA Executive Director Michael Kwart.

Home Energy Team Institute is an accredited RESNET Contractor Education and Quality Provider. Their 8-hour self-paced EnergySmart Contractor course is available online. The material includes fundamental energy principals focusing on how the house operates as an inter-related system, retrofit work scope standards and recommendations and what to expect from a final "test-out" inspection from a certified auditor or rater. Home Energy Team Institute will offer ICAA members discounted tuition. For more information, go to http://www.homeenergyteaminstitute.com/icaa

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