U.S. Department of Energy’s New Home Energy Score Presents Opportunity for RESNET Home Energy Survey Professionals

November 23rd, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Rater Information, RESNET News, RESNET Notes - October 2010, Technical

Home Energy Score
New Home Energy Score

On November 9, 2010, Secretary of Energy Chu announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score will offer homeowners a straightforward survey about their homes’ energy efficiency.   A report provides consumers with a home energy score between 1 and 10, and shows them how their home compares to others in their region.  The report also includes recommendations that will help to reduce their energy costs and improve the comfort of their homes.

The Home Energy Score is not a Home Energy Rating.  Rather, it is a tool for a home energy inspector to provide a quick and simple overall assessment of a home’s energy efficiency.  Such a tool is perfect for a RESNET Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP).  A HESP undertakes a basic energy survey of the home that does not include a whole building analysis.  The Home Energy Score will provide a more sophisticated resource developed by the federal government to present to a homeowner over the current checklist.  This is a great opportunity for home inspectors to receive additional training and certification to become HESPs and provided an added service as part of the home inspection.

The U.S. Department of Energy will require that the person trained to generate the Home Energy Score must be certified by RESNET or BPI.

DOE hopes that the survey and Home Energy Score will motivate homeowners to get a whole house analysis of the home through a Comprehensive Home Energy Rating and a comprehensive energy upgrade to the home.

DOE announced that they will pilot the Home Energy Score in the following markets:

  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Eagle County, Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Minnesota
  • Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Portland, Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

RESNET will be working with the U.S. Department of Energy to expand the pilot program.

For more information on the new Home Energy Score Program, click on http://www.resnet.us/main/recovery_through_retrofit

For more information on the RESNET Home Energy Survey Professional classification, go to http://www.resnet.us/home-energy-audit

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  • http://www.comforthome.com Ed Carr

    We presently implement several utility programs wherein we provide Home Energy Surveys. I would like to compare the Home Energy Score Program to what we are presently providing. I look forward to reviewing the HESP survey. Best regards, Ed.

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