The number of HERS-related homes in the United States continues to expand, according to new data released by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). In 2019 a total of 241,909 homes in the United States were HERS-rated compared with 236,116 in 2018. That is an increase of 5,793 homes in one year. To date, 2.7 million homes have been HERS-rated.
The popularity of energy efficiency rated homes is on the upswing overall, but HERS-rated homes continue to dominate in the marketplace. Currently, more than 20 percent of all new construction homes are HERS-rated. Moreover, consumers are more knowledgeable about HERS homes than ever, thanks to a new consumer-facing website launched by RESNET last year.
RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented on the over 241,000 HERS-rated homes last year, “Home builders are increasingly seeing energy efficiency as a major selling point for a new home. To take advantage of this opportunity, builders across the nation are presenting their homes’ energy performance in a way that every home buyer can understand, the home’s HERS Index Score.” Baden added, “I expect this trend will continue. It is particularly encouraging that the average HERS Index Score of homes HERS rated was 59. This is 41 percent more efficient than homes built as recently as 2006 and 71 percent more efficient than a typical home built in 1970. I congratulate the builders, HERS Raters, and program sponsors that are leading the trend to mainstream high-performance homes in the marketplace.”