TerraWise Gets A HERS Score For Every Home
TerraWise Homes obtains and provides the customer a HERS Score for every new home it constructs. Most builders don't provide a HERS Score at all. Many that do are scores based on a model or other version of the home, which is not accurate since the location and other factors can greatly influence the score. Demand a HERS score if you are building a new home and be sure it's for the specific address to get a true rating of its energy efficiency.
How Does the HERS Index Work?
To calculate a home's HERS Index Score, the certified RESNET Home Energy Rater compares the data of a subject home against a 'reference home' – a design modeled home of the same size and shape. 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 rated at 100. A TerraWise Home will score below the standard new home due to higher energy efficient design and construction. Our Net-Zero Homes have a 0 score!
Government agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize the HERS Index as an official verification of energy performance.
Benefits of having a HERS rating?
A HERS rating has many tangible benefits that help homeowners and home buyers:
- Determine the energy efficiency of a home
- Calculate a more accurate cost of homeownership
- Enjoy a higher potential home resale value
Find more information about the benefits of HERS ratings on the RESNET website. Access the RESNET National Rating Registry to find information about rated homes. Contact us to learn more about building your own HERS rated TerraWise Home.