HERS Providers & Raters

HERS Providers are approved by the Energy Commission based on, among other requirements indicated in the HERS Regulations, the Providers' ability to create and maintain a Registry and Database, to provide ongoing access of the Registry and Database to Energy Commission staff, to train and certify HERS Raters, to create a Quality Assurance Program and conduct quality assurance on HERS Raters' work, and to report annually to the Energy Commission certain data as required by the HERS Regulations.

HERS Providers are approved to train and oversee Raters conducting HERS verification in Residential and Nonresidential newly constructed buildings, additions, and alterations; the New Solar Homes Partnership Program (newly constructed residential buildings); and to conduct California Whole-House Home Energy Ratings.

To find a HERS Rater near you, please contact one of the approved HERS Providers shown below. Please note whether the Provider you are contacting is approved to perform the service you are seeking to contract. If you have any questions, please contact the Energy Standards Hotline.

Approved HERS Provider Categories
Provider 2013 Standards
Newly Constructed Alterations Whole House
CalCERTS Yesa Yes Yes
CHEERS Yesa Yes  
USERA   See Note*  

a Also approved for NSHP.
* Note: Due to changes at USERA that affects USERA’s compliance with the HERS regulations, Energy Commission staff are requiring USERA be re-certified as a HERS provider. To minimize disruptions to Raters, Contractors, and home owners, Raters have until October 27, 2016 to download existing documents, finish existing jobs, and switch to another HERS Provider. Until USERA is re-certified at an Energy Commission Business Meeting, building departments should not accept registered documents from USERA that are registered after October 27, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the Energy Standards Hotline.

2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards and Whole-House Ratings

Approved Activities: Field Verification for Newly Constructed, Additions, and Alterations of Residential & Nonresidential Buildings; California Whole-House Home Energy Ratings; HERS Building Performance Contractors; New Solar Homes Partnership Program.

ConSol Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services, Inc. (CHEERS).
Approved Activities: Field Verification for Newly Constructed, Additions; Alterations of Residential Buildings; New Solar Homes Partnership Program.

U.S. Energy Raters Association (USERA).
See Note Above*