Programs Requiring HERS Raters and/or the HERS Index

RESNET was founded in 1995 and was tasked with developing national standards for home energy ratings. These standards would go on to create a market for home energy rating systems and energy mortgages. Now, RESNET's standards have been widely adopted across the nation, ranging from federal government agencies to building code requirements. This adoption not only leads to a more energy-efficient infrastructure but also to increased business for the certified HERS Raters out there. Let's take a look at some of the programs requiring RESNET and discuss how you can participate in these programs once you're certified.

Nationwide Programs Promoting RESNET

U.S. Department of Energy's Building America ProgramU.S. Department of Energy's Building America Program / Habitat for Humanity International
RESNET entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Program and Habitat for Humanity to make their homes more energy efficient. Under the partnership, HERS Raters volunteer to provide pro bono rating services to a Habitat affiliate in their area. Building America compiles a one-page case study highlighting the energy efficiency work and the pro bono work of the Rater. This is a great opportunity for HERS Raters to raise awareness of the home performance industry in the general community and among Habitat volunteers, sub-contractors, and corporate sponsors. By engaging the local community in home performance, Raters encourage their neighbors to seek home ratings.

RESNET EnergySmart Builders ProgramRESNET EnergySmart Builders
RESNET EnergySmart Builders are committed to having all of their homes energy rated following RESNET's standards and marketing their homes' HERS Score. Over 300 companies have partnered with RESNET on this initiative, including Beazer Homes, Centex, KB Home, Lennar, and Ryan Homes. For this reason, it's important for builders to fully understand the RESNET standards. With building codes also adopting the HERS Index, it's a no-brainer to pursue a HERS Certification if you work in home building.

2015 IECC Building Code to Allow for RESNET HERS Compliance PathBuilding Codes
RESNET has announced its collaboration with the International Code Council to allow the HERS Index as an optional compliance path for the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The IECC is the national model energy code and becomes mandatory for builders when adopted by a state or local jurisdiction. Under the 2015 IECC, the standard home will be rated with a HERS Score of 50. By 2030, the federal government expects the standard score to be 0, which is called a net-zero home. The IECC building code is updated every three years, so you can expect to see lower HERS Scores (and more energy-efficient houses) being built to code over the next few years.

energy star home logoENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program
Homes qualify for the ENERGY STAR Certification if they are built to energy efficiency standards exceeding the normal building code by 15%. For example, the 2006 IECC considered a HERS Score of 100 to represent a standard home. That same year, a home would have needed a HERS Score of 85 to qualify for the ENERGY STAR program. RESNET and ENERGY STAR go hand-in-hand. RESNET's HERS Index is the most widely accepted standard for residential energy efficiency and has been recognized by several federal government agencies. Given its widespread adoption throughout various stages of the building cycle, it seems evident that RESNET is here to stay. This growth will surely continue as consumers become more aware of energy efficiency and more educated about their buying decisions.

Appraisal Institute Green and Energy Efficient AddendumResidential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum
In 2013, RESNET collaborated with the Appraisal Institute on the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum for appraisers. The new report helps appraisers better understand the value of a home with consideration to its energy-efficient features, namely the home energy rating. HERS Raters will be able to automatically generate the addendum report with data that was entered into the RESNET registry. Not only does this collaboration provide an increased demand for HERS personnel and home energy ratings, but it also serves as a convenient and valuable tool for appraisers.

Multiple Listing ServiceMultiple Listing Service
A multiple listing service is a technology known in the Real Estate industry that makes a transaction more efficient through additional sales points. Realtors' associations across the country have started to include HERS Scores on the homes listed for sale in their markets. This demonstrates a significant push toward energy efficiency in the industry as well as communicating energy efficiency to prospective buyers.

That's Not All! Find More Incentive Programs on the DSIRE Database

DSIRE Database of State Incentives for Renewables and EfficiencyDSIRE - Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
The DSIRE database provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other programs nationwide. It is currently operated and funded by the NC Solar Center at NC State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. DSIRE is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Energy. This is the most reliable resource for finding energy efficiency programs near you. Simply select your state from the map, and you'll see all the applicable incentives.

Soon energy-efficient homes will be the standard. It's clear from these programs and partnerships that RESNET has solidified its standing in the energy efficiency and home building industries. Be a part of this growth and success - become a HERS Rater today!

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