The Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Michigan has entered into an agreement with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to provide new home buyers an important measurement of long-term energy performance of each new home the organization builds. The intent of the agreement is to raise consumers’ knowledge of new home energy performance by using RESNET’s HERS Index.
The Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has made a commitment for building sustainable energy efficient homes. The organization has committed to build all of its homes to LEED certification since 2007. The average HERS Index of the homes it builds is 62. For more information visit their web site at http://www.habitatkent.org/BuildingGreen.aspx
The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. The HERS or Home Energy Rating System was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home’s energy performance and determine what improvements can be made to increase it. For more information click on RESNET HERS Index
RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented, “It is exciting to enter into an agreement with the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The organization has made it a priority to provide affordable energy efficient homes. It recognizes that a few thousand dollars invested in a high performance homes can help Habitat families save an estimated $1,000 per year in electric, water, heating and cooling costs. For families who live close to the poverty line the savings each month help to ease the hard decision, ‘food or heat?’ The agreement with the Habitat for Humanity of Kent Country is expected to serve as a model for other Habitat for Humanity affiliates.”
RESNET is interested in entering into similar agreements with other regional Habitat for Humanity Affiliates. Energy raters who have Habitat affiliate clients interested in entering into an agreement with RESNET should contact Steve Baden at firstname.lastname@example.org