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Home Energy Ratings

Who needs a Home Energy Rating?

  • Home builders to achieve an Energy Star certification
  • Home buyers who want an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) and use projected energy savings to qualify for a larger mortgage
  • Home buyers who want a Colorado ENERGY STAR Mortgage to receive a one point (1%) discount on the mortgage amount
  • Home owners desiring an Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM)
  • Savvy home buyers who want a pre-closing assessment of a home's energy efficiency in the same way a prospective buyer would use a home inspection

What is a Home Energy Rating?

"A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home's construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home's plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home's design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index.

Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. The rater then conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index for the home.

Unlike a Building Performance Audit or a weatherization assessment, a home energy rating is a recognized tool in the mortgage industry. Home energy ratings can be used in a variety of ways in the housing industry. Since a rating quantifies the energy performance of a home, the HERS Index provides an easily understandable means to compare the relative energy efficiency of different homes."  (Source: RESNET website www.resnet.us/home-energy-ratings)

The HERS Index

HERS = Home Energy Rating System

"The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home's HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.

Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the HERS Reference Home. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient."  (Source: RESNET website www.resnet.us/home-energy-ratings)

ENERGY STAR Support to Builders

Why choose to build ENERGY STAR homes?

  • Enhance home buyer satisfaction: customers save money every month and have a more comfortable and safer home

  • Increase your profit: Satisfy the growing demand of home owners to save energy.  Some buyers will use projected energy savings to pay for high-end upgrades

  • Gain recognition: Associate your company with a nationally recognized, trusted program to create market advantage

  • Promote environmental protection

  • Receive EPA support:  As an Energy Star partner you can use EPA-produced marketing and technical resources at no cost.

  • Reduce liability:  EPA's rigorous guidelines and third-party inspections and testing help reduce liability issues.

How EnerSmart Energy Solutions, an ENERGY STAR Partner, supports builders

  • Scheduling Flexibility: We understand that you are on a tight schedule, so we will work around your construction timetable to verify that your homes earn the ENERGY STAR.

  • Plan Analysis:  We will evaluate your home plans and construction practices to pinpoint the specific, cost effective improvements needed to qualify your homes to earn the ENERGY STAR.

  • Diagnostic Testing:  We offer assurance that your homes perform efficiently with the help of diagnostic equipment, including a blower door test to evaluate the leakiness of the home envelope, a duct blaster test to gauge the leakiness of the duct system and thermal imaging to find hidden thermal envelope problems.

  • Thermal Bypass Checklist Verification:  We can help you minimize homeowner complaints by verifying that your homes pass ENERGY STAR's new Thermal Enclosure Checklist (TEC). Thermal bypasses are areas within the home where heat can flow around or through insulation because the insulation is poorly aligned withwww.resnet.us the air barrier or the air barrier is missing or incomplete.

  • Ratings by Qualified Home Energy Rating Professional:  We are trained and certified home energy professionals, qualified to provide verification services for EPA's ENERGY STAR program.

EnerSmart Energy Solutions believes businesses benefit financially by continually improving their management of energy resources, and the environment benefits from reduced levels of related pollution. We are proud to offer services that can assist businesses who have committed to the goals of ENERGY STAR

Pricing:  New Price Structure  Effective January 15, 2014. Please call for  quote.

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Rating with 1 Site Visit (Completed house)

Rating with 2 Site Visits (New construction, & Energy Star)

Rating from Plans Only

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