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Stonehenge Associates offers HERS Ratings (Home Energy Rating System Ratings) throughout New York State, as well as in parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey. A Home Energy Rating is a requirement for many green building and energy efficient building standards.
Houses are rated on the HERS Index, which can be compared to a miles-per-gallon rating for a car. A HERS rating gives you insight into how your home ranks in terms of energy efficiency. Getting a HERS rating for your existing house includes a comprehensive energy evaluation that results in recommendations for energy conservation measures.
What is a HERS Rating?
A HERS Rating assigns a home a score on a scale from 0-150, with lower numbers representing less energy consumption (a HERS score of 0 represents a "zero energy home," which produces at least as much energy as it consumes), and higher numbers representing greater energy consumption. A standard new home would receive a score of around 100, and most existing homes fall somewhere between 100 and 150.
What are the Benefits of a HERS Rating?
A HERS Rating is a requirement for many green building and energy efficient building standards across the country, including ENERGY STAR for Homes and various rebate and incentive programs for existing houses, and it is a requirement for inclusion in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. It is also a requirement for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) and/or an Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM). Further, it can be a great way for builders and realtors to set their homes apart in a crowded real estate market -- a good HERS score is an objective, measured representation of a home's energy efficiency.
Air leakage testing and verification of final insulation levels are part of the requirements for a HERS Rating. Without this testing and verification, there is no way to prove that your house is energy efficient.
Much as miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency ratings for automobiles play an increasingly important role in car-buyers' decisions, a Home Energy Rating may soon play an equally important role in the homebuying process for homebuyers in New York and across the country.