One of the many important factors of a good home is how energy-efficient it is. The way we like to measure this is by using something called the HERS (or Home Energy Rating System) Index. This system, created by RESNET, helps builders and homeowners understand how the home performs energy-wise.
HERS is like a MPG (miles-per-gallon) rating on your home — except in this case, the lower the score, the better! The HERS Index is a scale from 0 to 150. Today, residential builders are required to have their homes achieve a HERS rating of 100 or lower. When the home is complete, an independent and certified RESNET HERS Rater inspects and tests the entire home’s energy features.
Each home is kind of like an ecosystem, and when all the parts function together in an efficient manner, it scores a low HERS Rating. We know how important this is – the harder we work at scoring a low HERS rating to make your home energy-efficient, the more money you’ll save on monthly energy bills down the road! We’re excited to share that our homes have been consistently scoring in the low 50s on the HERS Index. If you have questions about what kinds of things we do to get our homes there, let us know!
If you’d like to learn more about the HERS Index, here’s a quick video from RESNET about how it all works: