If you’re a home builder, we need to talk about the HERS Index.
It’s the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. It’s also the best way for builders to meet current efficiency standards. From how efficiently major appliances such as HVAC systems perform to how well insulated a home is, HERS is the nationally recognized system for inspecting a home and determining its energy performance.
Why is that important to you? A Home Energy Rating helps builders ensure they’re doing everything possible to create an energy efficient home that’s attractive to buyers and sellers alike. When it comes time to sell the home, a low HERS Index Score is one of the best ways to obtain a higher sale price.
How does it work? A certified Home Energy Rater, like East Penn Energy Solutions, will calculate the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. This score is compared to a ‘reference home’– a model home of the same size and shape as the actual home. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. In general, a standard new home has a rating of 100, meaning it meets all current industry standards for home energy efficiency. A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home; a home with a HERS Index Score of 130 is 30% less energy efficient than a standard new home
As energy costs rise, families are spending a larger portion of their income on a home’s operating costs. According to RESNET, studies show that:
In 2001, the average portion of after-tax income spent on energy costs was 12%. In 2005, that number had risen to 16%. By 2012, it jumped to a projected 21%.
Those numbers mean homeowners are paying more attention to a home’s energy efficiency — and so should you. The bottom line is, it affects everyone’s bottom line, from the builder to the Realtor to the potential homeowner.
Learn more about the HERS Index with RESNET’s handy tool, which can be found here. Then contact East Penn Energy Solutions. We can help answer any questions you have and schedule an inspection to find the best way to help you meet current efficiency standards — and increase your share of the that bottom line.