The 21st century has brought with it a push toward greener, more efficient buildings. Consumers are more energy-conscious than ever before, and real estate agents are quick to promote energy-efficient homes. Many agents are embracing a move to “green the MLS” — that is, to list the benefits of a well-insulated, energy-efficient home — and many municipalities are instituting the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) as a standard for new construction.
East Penn Energy Solutions can help you make the most of this move, allowing you to stay ahead of the curve while simultaneously increasing the sales value of any home you build. And the best part is, there are no complicated hoops to jump through and no additional costs to you. It’s as simple as signing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with RESNET (the Residential Energy Services Network), which certifies you as an Energy Smart Builder.
An Energy Smart Builder agrees to an inspection by a certified RESNET Rater during construction. This will include any testing necessary for Code Compliance (blower door & duct testing). A HERS index label will then be attached to every new home that you build — similar to the MPG sticker that comes with a new car.
The HERS Index is the industry standard for measuring a home’s efficiency. It’s a nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance, and more home-buyers are demanding to see one when they’re comparing homes.
Builders use a home’s HERS Index to differentiate it from other, non-certified homes. The Rating acknowledges the energy improvements you already have. This increases the value of your work, and the great thing is, most of what you’re already doing boosts the home’s HERS rating.
What can a HERS Index rating do for you?
- It confirms for the buyer and Realtor that the home is well-built, energy-efficient and uses quality components.
- It offers potential homeowners an insight into the operating and utility costs of a home.
- It adds value at settlement by holding the price against a home that’s not HERS rated.
- It adds resale value for the homeowner.
So what are you waiting for? Embrace the push toward energy efficiency and stay ahead of your competitors. As one of our clients recently said, “We can’t afford not to.” Contact us today to find out how we can help you make more money while you meet the needs of a new breed of homeowner.