Energy Sense Program:
Homes are built with energy efficiency in Mind from the beginning. It Begins with energy efficient grade Materials. From the slab to the wall insulation and appliances; all of the homes components create the highest Hers ratings in the market.
• Low E windows with Argon Gas
• 92% efficient furnace
• R-5 perimeter Slab insulation
• R-15 Blow in Wall Insulation
• R-38 Blow in Attic insulation
• Air tight Can Lights
• Sealed Ducts
• CFL bulbs
• Inspected by a Certified HERS Rater
• Final Air Pressure test inspection by Certified HERS Rater
When you buy an energy sense home it’s all included. Other builders will offer these improvements as an upgrade but that doesn’t make much energy sense. Energy sense homes are then new standard in energy efficient homes for the future. So ask your builder does your home have energy sense?
HERS Index – What is a energy home 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 reduce the HERS Index or to ensure the house will meet certain program guidelines such as ENERGY STAR which are separate from the HERS rating. 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.
The HERS Index:
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 2004 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 score, 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.