Friday, November 4, 2011

HERS Raters: Provide an Integral Step in Achieving an Energy Efficient Home

For a home to have the ENERGY STAR label it must have a HERS rating to ensure the house meets the required guidelines. The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and is an easy way for a homebuyer to identify a home that is more energy efficient than a standard home. So how does a home get a HERS rating?
Profile: Sam Galphin, Home Energy Rater
Employed at: Performance Point, Indian Trail, NC
A full service building performance contracting firm
Certifications: HERS Rater, Quality Assurance (QA), certified mold inspector & certified mold remediator
Last Continuing Credits Earned: ENERGY STAR Version 3 online training course
Lowest HERS rating given: 37, achieved by 2x6 walls, geothermal system & solar system
Trends: The demand for HERS ratings and ENERGY STAR is increasing. Although, more education and outreach is needed to help the public understand the value of efficient homes.
Approach on Projects: Performance Point uses a customer-centered approach as opposed to HERS- centered. Safety and durability are considered first with the next angle focusing on comfort and efficiency. Efficiency is emphasized through insulation, advanced framing, proper air sealing, and duct sealing. We help our customers find a happy compromise of performance and value…we call that the Performance Point.
Upcoming Training: Builders, Raters, HVAC, Framers and Insulators are encouraged to attend Sam’s workshop November 30 in Charlotte. Click here to register.
            A Home Energy Rater is a certified contractor who performs a standardized evaluation of the energy efficiency of your home. It includes an on-site inspection, air leakage tests of your home and duct work, computer analysis with estimated savings and a home energy rating. Home Energy Raters provide independent third-party verification during construction that is critical in ensuring high quality installation of energy efficiency features in homes.
            The HERS Index is a nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Home energy ratings can be used in a variety of ways in the housing industry. Most green home certification programs require a HERS rating such as ENERGY STAR, NAHB Green, and NC Healthy Built Homes. HERS ratings are recognized in the mortgage industry and are a way for you to qualify for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) which saves you money. When a home is being certified, it holds builders to a higher standard and ensures that you are getting an efficient, well-built house.  
            The NCEEA supports the home building industry stakeholders which creates value in the marketplace on the services Home Energy Raters provide. Stimulating demand for high-efficiency homes increases the demand for Home Energy Raters. Home Energy Raters
who join the Alliance will have a listing and link on our website as a member of the Alliance. The Alliance is currently offering $50 rebates per single family home and $20 per multi-family unit to Member-Raters who submit ENERGY STAR qualified homes to the NCEEA online database. For more information on how to get your rebates and to join the Alliance visit our website at www.ncenergystar.org.

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