The HERS Index ~ A Home’s Verifiable MPG Calculation!
You would not buy a car without researching its MPG.
Why should your next home be any different?
The actual energy usage of an Energy Smart Home routinely beats the HERS Index by 25%!!
NOTE: Results may vary based upon many factors such as; the builder’s attention to detail, fidelity to proper execution – determining the air tightness of the thermal envelope, the appropriate sized and engineered mechanical system all within conditioned space, etc.
Why build Hi-Performance or even a Net-Zero Energy Home?
- Significantly reduce or even eliminate ever increasing energy bills.
- Improve indoor air quality for a healthier and a more comfortable home.
- Reduce impact on the environment.
- Qualify for a more favorable Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM).
The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index, as provided by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), with uniform testing and verification is an energy-efficiency scoring system based on the International Energy Conservation code (IECC).
A building is scored from zero to one-hundred, where each point equals a 1% increase in energy consumption. So, a home with an excellent HERS index of 50 uses half the energy of a 100 HERS home the current code minimum. With the addition of renewables such as solar power, a home may be engineered to score a HERS rating of 0, producing as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. This is a true Net-Zero energy home.
Incorporating both state-of-the-art design and building science engineering, ESHP Hi-Performance homes save an unprecedented amount of energy.
Cooperation between the home designer, building scientist and builder results in remarkably low HERS index Scores and amazingly low energy bills. The process of creating a Hi-Performance home begins at the drawing board:
- The home’s placement on the lot, the AC/Heating delivery systems, overhangs for shading, etc. (Save hundreds of dollars every month that was once paid to utility companies, greatly reducing a home’s montly cost of ownership).
- Advanced construction methods that result in cost effective R-Value in the walls, flooring, attic, ceilings, etc.
- The building materials such as hi-performance windows, doors, and Energy-Star rated ceiling fans and appliances.
- A RESNET or Building Science professional can accurately estimate a home’s energy usage before it is built.