Demand for HERS Ratings Grows Through 2017

Demand for HERS Ratings Grows Through 2017

The demand for HERS Index ratings is continuing to grow, RESNET reports.

In the first half of 2017, 106,867 homes were uploaded to the RESNET National Registry. During this time in 2016, there were 99,868 homes uploaded into the registry. This totals 6,999 more homes over the same time period of our record breaking 2016.

This growth reflects a HERS Industry that is in good health, according to RESNET Board President Roy Honican.

Not only is there an increase in the number of HERS rated homes, but the energy performance of those homes built is increasing. The average HERS Index score for the first half of 2017 was 61 as compared to the average of 62 from this same time period in 2016.

Another interesting note is the spread of homes rated by housing type.  Initially practically all HERS rated homes were single family. 

"Since 2016, we have witnessed an increase in the number of multifamily HERS ratings.  2017 is following this trend," Honican said.

Number Rated in First Half of 2017

Number Rated in First Half of 2016

Single Family – 82,307 (77%)

Single Family – 77,507 (77%)

Duplexes – 9,843 (9%)

Duplexes – 9,822 (8%)

Multifamily – 14,987 (14%)

Multifamily – 12,539 (15%)

In addition, in the first half of 2017 RESNET membership is up nearly 18% over the same time last year.

“This healthy growth reflects a lot of hard work on part of certified RESNET HERS Raters, Rating Providers, builders, and stakeholders such as product suppliers and utility partners," Honican said. "RESNET appreciates this effort. The increase in the number of homes being HERS rated is only expected to grow. Our industry has a bright future.”

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Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Energy Star, Passive House, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Thermal Envelope

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