Caviness & Cates Communities, a builder based in Fayetteville, North Carolina is committing to have all of their homes rated and marketing their homes' HERS Index.
Caviness & Cates Communities and RESNET have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in promoting improved home energy performance and home energy ratings of new homes.
The intent of the MOU is to raise consumers knowledge of new home energy performance by using RESNET's HERS Index. This will clearly differentiate homes built by Caviness & Cates Communities Homes and put competitive pressure on the new home industry in the North Carolina market to follow suit. It is expected that this agreement will serve as a model to other local and regional builders that would have positive outcomes for consumers, RESNET and the new home industry.
This is a great step toward having the HERS score become more common place, however, this does little to promote ENERGY STAR.