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What’s a Home Energy Rating System (HERS)?

BY:  Sarah Burke, Compliance Manager

It’s a scoring system used to indicate how energy efficient a home is.  The system tests a home individually and then the score can be compared to benchmark scores.  For example, If a home is built to meet the specifications of the HERS Reference Home, the house will receive a score/rating of 100.  New Energy Star homes score 85 or lower.  So  if a house uses ‘zero energy’ the score or rating would be ‘0’. The lower the HERS score the better.

 Last week the Rules and Regulations Department sent out 17 violation notices for invalid HERS ratings.   The properties in question had a HERS rating of “0” which happens to be the best rating you can get.  If you’re not sure what data belongs in a field check the help icon in listing input or give us a call.  Better to ask the question up front than publish a listing with inaccurate data. 

Click on the link below for more information.

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/how-home-s-hers-index-calculated 

One response to “What’s a Home Energy Rating System (HERS)?

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