HERS Rater/Assistant Project Manager – Baltimore

New Ecology, Inc. seeks candidates for the position of HERS Rater/Assistant Project Manager. This position is part of a growing team in Maryland that provides green building services for a variety of new construction and existing buildings in the mid-Atlantic, and provides field verifications and inspections for HERS, Passive House, Energy Star and other rating systems. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced HERS rater who is interested in combining rating work with a larger role in helping building owners develop buildings that are high performance, healthy and better adapted to a changing climate. The HERS Rater/Assistant Project Manager will report to New Ecology’s Baltimore office.

The position will work with experienced Project Managers to develop strategies to green building projects and conduct field test and ratings. This work includes the ability to independently perform HERS ratings, diagnostic testing and other field rating services. It will also include opportunities to work with owners to ensure that the selected greening strategies are reflected in plans and specifications, inspect work to ensure that the design intent is met, and conduct post occupancy evaluations.

New Ecology is an innovative, nationally-recognized, non-profit corporation. Our core work is providing energy efficiency and green building services that cost-effectively improve the performance, health and durability of buildings. Our clients are typically owners of multifamily housing, (with an emphasis on affordable housing) and community-based projects such as municipal, educational, and arts buildings. Projects include buildings that are being newly constructed, renovated, or are just seeking improved performance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The HERS Rater/Assistant Project Manager will provide technical support to NEI project teams and directly to clients. Specific tasks related to HERS or other rating systems include:
• Preparing Ekotrope and REM-rate or related energy models for multifamily buildings;
• Conducting inspections of job sites for compliance with HERS and other rating systems;
• Providing formal and informal trainings of sub/contractors to help them achieve certifications and construct better buildings, including addressing building science issues, energy certification programs, ENERGY STAR checklists, etc.:
• Performing field tests at rough and final construction for program compliance:
• Maintaining all files for program certification or review by a third party.
• Reviewing technical documents such as building plans, specifications, and submittals to ensure that green design intent is incorporated and that green and energy efficiency features are buildable;
• Attending project meetings and contributing toward discussions on relevant sustainability issues;
• Conducting construction inspections to ensure that projects are built as designed, that LEED, Passive House and Energy Star requirements are met, and that problems and issues are identified and resolved to the owner’s satisfaction;
• Coordinating and documenting green building rating system compliance; and
• Securing utility rebates for clients, including completing applications, working with utility representatives, and filing rebate forms.
New Ecology seeks to hire multidisciplinary, lifelong learners who naturally seek deeper and deeper understanding of how buildings operate, how finances, regulations and construction techniques affect buildings and residents, and how this understanding can be used to improve buildings.

Required Qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree in Science or a technical degree;
• Valid HERS certification through an accredited Provider;
• Three years of experience conducting HERS ratings;
• Demonstrated knowledge of residential construction and building systems;
• Strong writing and verbal communication skills, including experience writing reports for clients;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, RemRate or Ekotrope modeling software, and building and engineering design programs.
• Ability to: 1) inspect all aspects of buildings, including: accessing basements, attics, and roofs; 2) climb stairs/ladders; and 3) handle and carry equipment up to 40 lbs.;
• A valid driver’s license;
• Credentials including BPI Building Analyst / BPI Multifamily Building Analyst, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Green Rater, NGBS Green Verifier, or PHIUS+ Rater; and
• Experience in actually certifying LEED or passive house projects.

Schedule: Full time, exempt, preferred. Regular travel to job sites from DC to Philadelphia and periodic travel to Massachusetts.

Compensation: Competitive pay and generous benefits package. Professional development is a priority and we provide financial assistance for training and certifications.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: careers@newecology.org.
(Please put “HERS Rater/Energy Auditor” in the subject line).

NEI is committed to developing a diverse staff.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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