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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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HERS Home Raises Half Million for Charity

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 14, 2014 1:57:00 PM

Think Energy-efficient Homes are not affordable. Think again.

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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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Energy Efficiency is Goal of RESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge

Posted by RESNET

Aug 8, 2014 3:51:00 PM

Steve Baden, Executive Director of RESNET, and John Godden, President of the Canadian counterpart CRESNET announced the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge.  "The 2014 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge was such a huge success in promoting the utilization of the HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System) and energy efficient home building in the US and Canada that we decided to make the program an annual RESNET-CRESNET event”, noted Baden.

“Once again, the RESNET Cross Border Challenge will be a friendly competition between American and Canadian Home Builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build," noted John Godden. In 2015 there will be a total of seven builder awards; five are  based on having the lowest HERS score for their specific category, which will be sponsored by Power-Pipe®, and two will be special President’s awards based on a fleet of HERS new home ratings, and once again sponsored by Icynene.

The specific awards will be:

  1. Lowest HERS score American Production Builder (>50 homes HERS rated per year)
  2. Lowest HERS score American Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  3. Lowest HERS score Canadian Production Builder (> 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  4. Lowest HERS score Canadian Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  5. Lowest Hers score (Open to all builders and includes PV)
  6. *The US Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes HERS rated < 55
  7. *The Canadian Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes HERS rated < 55

*The US RESNET award includes HERS scores with PV. The CRESENT Project Future  Proof Canadian award does not include HERS scores with PV.

Awards will be presented at the 2015 RESNET Conference in San Diego California.

"With well over 1 million homes rated in the US, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is now being measured in the US and Canada. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance” noted Steve Baden.

"The Index is based on an assessment by a certified Home Energy Rater who evaluates the energy efficiency of a home and assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. The energy efficiency score is based on variables such as exterior walls (both above and below grade), floors over unconditioned spaces, ceilings and roofs, windows and doors, vents and ductwork, HVAC systems, water heating system, and your thermostat, among other elements, commented" Steve Baden.

"As in 2014, we are expecting some of the largest, and most respected, US and Canadian builders" to participate in the 2015 competition, continued John Godden.

News Release courtesy of RESNET

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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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