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Business: Residential

R-2000 Plan Evaluators

Training and Licensing Requirements

R-2000 plan evaluators perform the HOT2000 energy analysis of house specifications – a key role because they are the first R-2000 service provider on any project and can advise builders on how to optimize energy and environmental performance in the most cost-effective way.

To become a licensed R-2000 plan evaluator, you must:

  • Have a professional working level of knowledge in:
    • building science, especially the concept of the "house as a system"
    • conventional and energy-efficient construction
    • building materials and mechanical systems
    • indoor air quality concepts
    • impact of materials and systems on the environment
    • blueprint reading
    • the use of computers
    • geometry and arithmetic

  • Have access to a computer capable of running the latest version of the HOT2000 software.

  • Attend the R-2000 Builder Workshop and get a passing grade of 75 percent or higher for the final exam.

  • Attend the R-2000 Plan Evaluation Workshop to learn to use the HOT2000 energy analysis software. (You'll receive a copy of the software as part of the session.)

  • Successfully complete the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) "Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation" course , or equivalent, and hold valid, up-to-date certification from HRAI or other recognized agencies. This course teaches evaluators to identify potential design problems with ventilation systems in R-2000 houses.

    Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended that individuals also take the HRAI "Residential Mechanical Ventilation System Design"course that qualifies plan evaluators to design ventilation systems – useful in areas that have few mechanical contractors with the necessary training. It is also strongly recommended that plan evaluators take the HRAI "Residential Heat Loss and Heat Gain Calculations" and "Residential Air System Design" courses.

  • Perform your first two plan evaluations under the guidance of a licensed R-2000 plan evaluator or submit your first two plan evaluations and HOT2000 files to the local delivery agent for quality assurance review.

  • Have an active, up-to-date licensing agreement with NRCan, giving you the right to use the R-2000 name and logo.

  • Adhere to the responsibilities for R-2000 Plan Evaluators outlined by the R-2000 Initiative.

  • Adhere to the R-2000 Code of Ethics.

  • Perform a plan evaluation of an R-2000 house and attend either the
    R-2000 Plan Evaluation Workshop or the R-2000 Builder Update Workshop at least every two years.

For more information, contact the regional R-2000 delivery agent in your area.

R-2000 and HOT2000 are an official marks of Natural Resources Canada.