Why Build Energy Efficient Home?
It may be your
dream home or the first house you will ever own.
If you are building a new house, you have the
opportunity to take the initiative even before
construction begins to plan for the future.
It may seem like
a strange question, why build an energy
efficient home, but nevertheless, there are some
people out there who are asking it. The case for
energy efficient homes is pretty
straightforward. They provide their owners with:
due to reduced energy use
comfort levels and a better quality of life
In addition to the reasons
listed above, an
energy efficient home is
also better for the environment; for example,
16% of all greenhouse gases produced in the
United States come from residential dwellings.
a new house to be as energy efficient as
you are setting the stage for years of savings
in utility costs while ensuring your home
maintains a high level of comfort.
As the economy continues to struggle, many
homeowners – and homebuyers – in their search to
reduce costs, are becoming more aware of the
benefits of energy efficient homes, which is why
the demand for them has increased significantly.
As a result, homeowners are getting their houses
rated for energy efficiency in order to
understand where they rank and what they need to
do to improve. The Residential Energy Services
Network’s (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System
(HERS) is the nationally recognized system for
inspecting and calculating a home’s energy
performance. When a certified RESNET HERS Rater
conducts an energy rating, it results in a HERS
Index Score for
that home, based on its energy performance. The
HERS Index is the industry standard by which a
home’s energy efficiency is measured. The way it
A certified RESNET HERS Rater assesses the
energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a
relative performance score. The lower the
number, the more energy efficient the home.
The U.S. Department of Energy has determined
that a typical resale home scores 130 on the
HERS Index while a standard new home is awarded
a rating of 100.
A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more
energy efficient than a standard new home
A home with a HERS Index Score of 130 is 30%
less energy efficient than a standard new home
And the HERS Index Score is like a MPG
(miles-per-gallon) sticker for houses. It lets a homeowner
know how energy efficient their home is in
comparison to other similar homes.
The next question is once you’ve decided to build an
energy efficient home, how would you do it? As it
happens, builders are doing just that – building
energy efficient homes. Because demand is rising,
increasing numbers of builders are entering into
Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with RESNET to
homes rated for energy performance. Buyers can
then compare houses based on HERS Index scores,
allowing them to make informed decisions about homes
they want to purchase.
When you look at all the facts, the answer to the
question of why build an energy efficient home is
simple really: because it’s the smart thing to do.