The Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association named four companies as platinum members for 2011. Those companies are RoyOMartin, Astro-Foil/Innovative Energy, Reflectix Inc., and Innovative Insulation. 

North American Technician Excellence and the Residential Energy Services Network have teamed up in an effort to improve home energy performance.

Under this agreement, the associations will collaborate on key initiatives while supporting mutual growth.

To kick off the strategic partnership, Patrick Murphy, vice president of certification for NATE, was recently appointed to the RESNET technical committee. As part of his role on the committee, Murphy will be responsible for assisting RESNET in the development of protocols for rating the performance of HVAC systems.

One of the key components of the agreement is that NATE and RESNET will advocate for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recognition of NATE-certified technicians in meeting the HVAC requirements in its Energy Star new-homes program.

The two organizations will also work together to identify the training and NATE certification required for raters to determine whether there is adequate airflow across the heat exchanger and coil. In addition, NATE and RESNET will develop a plan to expand these activities usually reserved for new homes and bring them to the existing home market. The groups say this will be done by creating a program that they hope will be ultimately recognized by the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal and state entities.

“This partnership between NATE and RESNET is a significant step forward in our effort to improve energy performance,” said Peter Schwartz, president of NATE. “By working together to achieve the same goal our organizations have twice the resources available to use towards this end, as well as a louder voice in this arena than ever before. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”