A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home's layout/design and onsite inspections. We use a software package to perform an energy analysis of your home. We then conduct a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the layout/design review, are used to generate the HERS Index score for your home.
HERS ENERGY RATINGS
The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home's HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.
Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the HERS Reference Home. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient.
Energy Rating Benefits
For more information on HERS energy ratings, visit the RESNET web site.
Benefits of owning an ENERGY STAR qualified new home include:
A Label Backed by the Government
Lower Utility Costs
More Comfortable/Quieter Homes
Helping to Create a Better Future
Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov
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