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Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) Report
In 1992, Congress instructed the US Department of Energy (DOE) to work with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the lending industry to develop a nationally recognized uniform system to measure and rate the energy performance of new and existing dwellings.
What is a HERS Rating?
A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index. Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. The rater then conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index score for the home.
The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home’s HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.
Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the HERS Reference Home. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient. Please go here to read the full explanation at the EnergyStar.gov site
This Building Alternatives Inc home in Salisbury (pictured directly below), earned an Energy Star Rating of 90.3, a "5 Star Plus" rating which is the highest category rating given!
This Building Alternatives Inc. home in Franconia (pictured directly below), earned an Energy Star rating of 94.2, a "5 Star Plus" rating which is the highest category rating given!
If you would like to see the construction process of this home as it was built from the ground-up, please click here
Here is an Energy Star home that also earned a 5Star+ rating. See the final report by clicking here. If you would like to see the home in the building stages, please visit that page by clicking here
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Building Alternatives, Inc.
P.O. Box 7, Franconia, New Hampshire 03580
Office 603-823-5100 (Toll-Free) 1-877-823-5101