RESNET Home Builder Challenge returns
High performance home builders once again can compete for awards in the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge. Steve Baden, executive director of Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and John Godden, president of the Canadian counterpart CRESNET, recently announced the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge.
“The 2014 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge was such a huge success in promoting the utilization of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index and energy-efficient home building in the U.S. and Canada that we decided to make the program an annual RESNET-CRESNET event,” Baden said.
“Once again, the RESNET Cross Border Challenge will be a friendly competition between American and Canadian home builders to determine just how energy-efficient builders can build,” Godden said. In 2015, there will be a total of seven builder awards; five are based on having the lowest HERS score for their specific category, which will be sponsored by Power-Pipe®, and two will be special president’s awards based on a fleet of HERS new home ratings, and once again sponsored by Icynene. Awards will be presented at the 2015 RESNET Conference in San Diego.
“With well over 1 million homes rated in the U.S., the HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is now being measured in the U.S. and Canada. It’s also nationally recognized for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance,” Baden said. “The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. The energy-efficiency score is based on variables such as exterior walls (both above and below grade), floors over unconditioned spaces, ceilings and roofs, windows and doors, vents and ductwork, HVAC systems, water heating systems, and your thermostat, among other elements.”
The specific awards will be:
- Lowest HERS score American Production Builder (>50 homes HERS rated per year)
- Lowest HERS score American Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
- Lowest HERS score Canadian Production Builder (> 50 homes HERS rated per year)
- Lowest HERS score Canadian Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
- Lowest Hers score (Open to all builders and includes PV)
*The US Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes HERS rated < 55
*The Canadian Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes HERS rated < 55
*The US RESNET award includes HERS scores with PV. The CRESENT Project Future Proof Canadian award does not include HERS scores with PV.
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