Home Energy Ratings are on the Rise

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Thu, 2014-03-13 10:01

In 2013, 70% more homes were energy rated in the U.S. and issued a HERS Index Score. There were 218,864 ratings conducted in 2013, compared to 128,000 in 2012.

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented on this increase, “These numbers reflect that home energy ratings are fast becoming a mainstream in the U.S. housing market.

It is also encouraging thRESNET-infographicat the average HERS Index Score was 64. This is 36% more efficient than homes built as recently as 2006 and 66% more efficient than a typical re-sale home.”

Baden acknowledges that homebuilders are increasingly seeing energy efficiency as a major selling point for buying a new home. To take advantage of this opportunity, builders across the nation are presenting their homes’ energy performance in a way that every homebuyer can understand, the home’s HERS Index Score. This trend is expected to continue.

Legislation to Support Energy Auditing in 2014

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that energy efficiency legislation will be reintroduced shortly.

The legislation will include the SAVE Act. The SAVE Act, co-sponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), would allow a home's expected energy cost savings to be included when determining the value and affordability of the property. The proposed legislation recognizes the RESNET Home Energy Rating standards for calculating savings.

Shaheen, who has co-sponsored the legislation (S. 1392) with Portman, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Energy Subcommittee that the bill had a “great chance” of becoming law due to bipartisan support in both chambers. Portman said Senate action could be expected on the measure possibly in the next month and that formal reintroduction of the bill would likely come the week of Feb. 24.

On the House side, the House Republican leadership is reported to be interested in similar bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2126) in that chamber, sponsored by Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and David McKinley (R-WV). The House bill passed the Energy and Commerce Committee by voice vote on January 28, 2014.

With the support of legislation that encourages home energy audits, the number of homeowners seeking energy audits in 2014 may be the highest one yet!

To find out more about what a RESNET HERS Rater does or how to become one, visit the RESNET HERS Explained page on our website.

By Danielle Whitman