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The Importance of Energy Raters is Quickly Growing

Posted by Mike Collignon

Aug 25, 2014 4:52:20 PM

The focus on building energy use is probably the highest it’s been in 40 years. From corporations trying to cut operating expenses, to low-income homeowners trying to reduce their monthly utility bills, it’s not just about first-cost any more.

Unfortunately, the lending process hasn’t adjusted to this new, all-encompassing perspective. Sustainable attributes rarely get assigned a value, and even if they do, it is not truly reflective of the overall value. The underwriting equation (PITI) doesn’t even consider utility/energy costs, which can be the 2nd largest monthly housing expense behind the principal & interest. Because of this flawed process, some view advanced energy codes and green building programs as a disincentive.

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Knowledge Is Power for Homebuyers with HERS Index Scores

Posted by RESNET

Aug 13, 2014 3:52:00 PM

Consumers looking for new appliances or cars have the advantage of the EnergyGuide label or miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker to comparison-shop for models based on energy efficiency. Now homebuyers can do the same with Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores. A home’s HERS Index Score tells prospective buyers how energy efficient that home is in comparison to similar ones, enabling them to make better-informed buying decisions.

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RESNET Commissions Study on 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index Option

Posted by Ron Jones

Aug 5, 2014 10:53:00 AM

In 2013 the International Codes Council (ICC) adopted an Energy Rating Index performance option to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  The 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index scores are very stringent.

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The Energy-Efficient Home

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jun 11, 2014 2:48:00 PM

Chicago-based Elevate Energy’s The Value for High Performance Homes Campaign is removing barriers toward the fair value of energy-efficient homes through a variety of programs. Their motto is “To do more with less energy.”

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Low-Impact Luxury

Posted by RESNET

May 29, 2014 3:59:16 PM

Light Footprint. An Adirondack-style home in idyllic New Canaan, Conn., incorporates the highest levels of sustainability. The near net-zero energy (HERS 14) custom home achieves luxury living with minimum environmental impact.

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