Home Energy Ratings (HERS Index) provide you with the most widely recognized energy efficiency ratings and is the national standard in measurement of a homes energy efficiency. Ratings are used for both and new and existing homes. In New Homes, HERS index ratings verify energy performance for the EPA ENERGY STAR® homes program, energy efficient mortgages, and energy code compliance. Homeowners who want to upgrade the homes energy efficiency can use the energy rating to evaluate and pinpoint specific, cost-effective improvements. For existing homes, homeowners can receive a report listing cost-effective options for improving the homes energy rating. An energy rating also allows a home buyer to easily compare the energy performance of the homes being considered.
There are two types of ratings: Projected & Confirmed
Projected ratings - Ratings performed prior to the construction of a home or prior to the installation of energy improvements to an existing home.
Confirmed ratings - Ratings completed using data gathered from an on-site inspection, which could include performance testing of the home.
Unlike an energy audit or a weatherization assessment, a home energy rating is a recognized tool in the building & mortgage industry. Home energy ratings can be used in a variety of ways in the housing industry. The star and the rating score provide an easily understandable means to compare more efficient homes by their relative energy efficiency, since a rating quantifies the energy performance of a home.