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Energy Data Gains Traction in Real Estate Listings

Posted by Ryan Meres, RESNET Program Director

Oct 13, 2017 10:51:42 AM

What impact will energy data for 110 million homes have on the energy efficiency industry?

For more than a decade studies have consistently shown that homebuyers want energy efficient features, but few are actually aware of the impact those features have on energy cost. The average U.S. homeowner spends more on energy than property taxes and insurance, but energy is the only one of those three common expenses not considered in the mortgage process. The recent announcement and report released by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) that real estate platforms have started including energy information in their listings is a significant step toward reducing the barrier to transparency of energy use in the home buying process. This transparency is also likely to spur energy efficiency improvements which is good news for utility efficiency programs, contractors and HERS Raters.

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RESNET Goal: Bring Water/Energy Efficiency Ratings to More New Homes

Posted by RESNET

Nov 29, 2016 2:53:33 PM

A new set of goals and priorities has been adopted by RESNET board of directors this month.

RESNET Goals to Achieve RESNET Mission by 2020:

  • Through education, marketing and market demand, 50% of all new homes will be HERS Rated.
  • Through education, marketing and market demand, the average HERS Index Score on new homes will meet the target energy rating Index Scores of the 2015 IECC.
  • Through education, marketing and market demand, 25% of all HERS Rated homes are WER Rated.  
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Using Building Science to Shave HERS Scores

Posted by Hilary Daninhirsch

Sep 29, 2014 10:55:08 AM

BUILDING HOMES IN accordance with RESNET standards is all in a day’s work for David Weekley Homes, whose corporate offices are in Houston. The company joined the green building revolution by connecting with Environments for Living (EFL), which uses concepts of building science (in partnership with the company of the same name) to build green homes.

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HERS Index and Meritage Homes: Passing the Savings

Posted by Hilary Daninhirsch

Sep 26, 2014 11:58:33 AM

MERITAGE HOMES CORPORATION is a Top Ten national homebuilder based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company was the first to certify 100 percent of their homes with the Energy Star Program, so it’s not surprising that Meritage also became the first large production company to partner with RESNET to perform energy modeling and certification.

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Working with RESNET

Posted by Hilary Daninhirsch

Sep 24, 2014 12:26:06 PM

THE RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SERVICE NETWORK, or RESNET, was established in 1995 as a nonprofit organization to help builders construct the most energy-efficient homes possible, with the primary objective of keeping utility bills to a minimum. RESNET trains and certifies professionals, who can then audit homes and rate their energy efficiency by using the HERS Index. The lower the score, the more efficient the home.

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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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Demanding HERS

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Feb 14, 2014 1:34:00 PM

Who wouldn’t want a number that told them how their home would perform and how it compared to others? The HERS Index is often compared to appliance labels that help consumers decide the energy/value ratio of home appliances. The lower the number, the better the home.

In 2013, the 218,864 HERS rated homes had an average index of 64. Check out all the details by state.

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Appraisers Count Value in HERS Ratings

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 12, 2013 6:45:00 PM

2014 will mark the debut of an easy-to-use green appraisal addendum. RESNET and the Appraisal Institute have agreed to use the RESNET Accredited Home Energy Rating Software program to generate the Appraisal Institute Green Addendum and auto-populate it from the data collected in the home energy rating.

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HERS Rating Means Lower Mortage Risk

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 19, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Insulation increases a home's comfort, lowers a home's energy bills, and plays a key role in creating more financial stability in the residential mortgage market.

IT'S A WELL-KNOWN FACT THAT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES SAVE THEIR OWNERS MONEY but now a 2013 study shows that they’re also better mortgage investments. The report, titled, “Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks” found that homes with lower HERS Index Scores were deemed as low mortgage default risks, and that on average, mortgage default risks were 32 percent lower on ENERGY STAR labeled homes that were rated by a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater.

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Pushing the HERS Standard

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Nov 11, 2012 3:00:00 PM

The Residential Energy Services Network Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is becoming the standard to gauge a home’s predicted energy performance. While HERS ratings have been used by energy-efficient builders for years, Kennecott Land raised the bar in mid-2011, becoming the first land developer to ask builders to get a third-party HERS score for all homes built in its Salt Lake City development: Daybreak. This TND is projected to include 20,000-units, and is about 15% complete.

According to Cameron Jackson, marketing manager for Daybreak, the company move was a success. “The topline result for why we did it at the time and why a year later we see it as a success is that it gives builders in our community a key differentiator between their new homes and existing homes.”

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