In an effort to improve home energy efficiency, CertainTeed Corp. has teamed up with RESNET.

The Residential Energy Services Network helps to create standards for building energy performance.

CertainTeed officials said the new partnership will provide the opportunity for energy auditors and contractors to collaborate, exchange resources, and learn ways to recommend and implement energy efficiency retrofits.

Both organizations will help to connect local insulation contractors and certified energy auditors to share knowledge and best practices when inspecting and testing a home. CertainTeed will subsidize the cost of the training for its contractor customers to help them earn their designation as a RESNET EnergySmart Contractor. This certification meets the existing requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Home Performance with Energy Star program.

“As our contractor customers earn the RESNET EnergySmart Contractor certification, we are providing homeowners and auditors with a greater selection of qualified contractors who can properly and safely take on energy efficient retrofit projects,” said Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed’s insulation division. “They’ll be equipped with a comprehensive skill set and have access to a larger professional network that can help increase their business now and in the future.”

As part of the RESNET EnergySmart Contractor program, contractors must complete a training course that covers the principles of energy, cost-effective efficient energy practices, combustion safety and how to work for optimal safety and effectiveness.

CertainTeed will provide RESNET with access to insulation-specific technical information, including building science expertise and material selection options when providing insulation upgrades to homeowners.

“This exciting new partnership will bring more contractors under the nationally trusted and recognized RESNET umbrella so we can continue to help improve the energy efficiency of the existing homes market,” said Steve Baden, executive director for RESNET. “As federal incentives can change from year to year, it is timely to develop new private sector alliances that can help homeowners save energy and money when they’re ready to do so.”