Energy Analyst (HERS Rater)

12 Jan 2024

Our Impact:

We are Thriven Design, an award-winning architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design firm committed to serving others and creating places where people thrive. As a multidisciplinary firm, our four disciplines work together in-house to provide a comprehensive and collaborative project experience for our clients built on communication, respect, and a shared appreciation for what is possible when we work together. Our extensive portfolio spans housing (including affordable, market-rate, and student), adaptive reuse, asset preservation, large-scale site planning, commercial facilities, and more.

Your Impact:

We are presently seeking an enthusiastic Energy Efficiency Analyst (HERS Rater) full-time to work closely with our internal and external project teams to evaluate the energy efficiency of a variety of single-family, multifamily and commercial projects. Your work will help make buildings cost-effective, sustainable, safe, and healthy for their occupants. You will be the go-to internal resource for expertise on energy efficiency, internal standards, program requirements, and internal education. You may be the right person to grow with us and help us achieve our mission, “creating places where people thrive”.

Key Responsibilities:

The Energy Analyst (HERS Rater) will perform energy modeling, inspect buildings, perform diagnostic tests, and provide consulting for single family and multifamily buildings

Performs preliminary HERS ratings from plans for single family and multifamily buildings prior to permitting

Assists project team with finding the most cost-effective way to achieve energy efficiency goals and requirements

Updates energy models as building is constructed or renovated and provides final HERS certificates at project completion

Schedule and performs on-site inspections of buildings under construction or renovation, assessing energy efficiency features including insulation, windows, air sealing, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, lighting, and appliances

Communicate with project representative during inspection and document findings in a report

Provides building science-based recommendations to clients for saving energy, improving comfort and healthfulness, and reducing environmental impact, which may include new construction or retrofit projects that will not be receiving HERS ratings

Passive House consulting must ensure super-insulated envelopes, airtight construction, high performance glazing, thermal-bridge-free detailing, and heat recover ventilation at a minimum

Performs blower door tests, duct leakage tests, and ventilation tests in single family and multifamily buildings at different stages of construction or renovation

Coordinate with other staff to complete testing of large projects

Stay up to date on the progress of all projects, managing numerous projects simultaneously

Ensure projects stay on track to achieve energy efficiency goals and program requirements

Maintains ongoing relationships with customers for future opportunities

Education and Experience:

RESNET HERS Rater ENERGY STAR Homes or Multifamily New Construction PHIUS Passive House Verifier or Rater. However, we are willing to train someone without this experience who is passionate about reducing the environmental impact of buildings and has a strong technical background or education and experience as a residential energy analyst

Must have strong math and geometry skills, excellent computer skills including Excel and databases, and excellent organizational and time management skills

Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate technical information for practical application are key

Must have a strong commitment to improving the sustainability of residential buildings

You must be able to move throughout a construction environment including outdoors, in basements and crawl spaces, and in unfinished or unfloored attics

Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and climb ladders and use technical and scientific equipment

Hands-on understanding of building science, mechanical systems, and energy efficiency requirements

Experience in energy modeling, LEED template, CAD, and modeling software such as Carrier HAP, Trane Trace, eQuest, and/or REMRate, Ekotrope

Preferred Skills:

Familiarity of and/or credentialed in: LEED, Energy Star HERS Rater, PHIUS+ Rater / Verifier, Enterprise Green Communities

About Us:

Thriven Design is located just minutes outside of Center City, Philadelphia, in Collingswood, NJ, within walking distance of the PATCO high speed line and other public transportation. Our office is located in a historic schoolhouse that we adapted and restored, nestled in a charming walkable downtown adjacent to many shops, restaurants, and services. Perks while working at Thriven Design include:

A learning-focused environment, with support provided for conference attendance, licensing exams, and 20 hours per year of paid learning time

A welcoming, friendly culture with after-work events

Comprehensive benefits including health insurance, dental insurance, 401k, and company-funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Opportunity to advance your career at the pace that suits your objectives

As an employee-owned company, there is a direct connection between the firm’s success and your success. We help our employees reach their fullest potential, through mentorship, clearly defined career paths, licensing support, continuing education opportunities, and more.

We offer generous PTO, and competitive benefits. As a staff, team, and community, we believe in the power of diversity, particularly in the workplace, and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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