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GE Releases Video on HERS Index Score and New Water Heater Product

April 25th, 2014 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, RESNET News

  GE will be soon introducing a new high performance water heater, the GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater.  As part of the announcement of the new product GE has produced a video. The seven minute production introduces the RESNET HERS Index Score stating that it is like the Miles per Gallon sticker for homes.  It

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RESNET to Host Webinar on Appraisal Institute’s Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum – Friday, May 16, 2014

April 21st, 2014 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, RESNET News

The Appraisal Institute has developed the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum.  The Appraisal Institute’s Green Addendum is the first residential green and energy efficient appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers.  The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum provides items of high performance house features for consideration by appraisers. Through an agreement between

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Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Senate to Create Whole House Retrofit Tax Credit

April 2nd, 2014 - Posted by Laurel Elam under Hot Topics, RESNET News

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to create a performance based whole house tax credit for homeowners who improve the energy performance of their existing homes.  The legislation, “Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act’’ (S. 2189) was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein  (D-CA) and Brian Schatz  (D-HI). The credit offers a

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Public Review and Comments Open on Proposed Revisions to RESNET’s National Home Energy Rating Technical Standard

April 2nd, 2014 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, RESNET News

Deadline for Comments is Monday, May 5, 2014 ANSI/RESNET 301-2014, “Standard for the Calculation and Labeling of the Energy Performance of Low-Rise Residential Buildings using the HERS Index” has been adopted as an American National Standard.  With the adoption of ANSI/RESNET 301-2014 RESNET’s technical standards needs to align with the ANSI standard. RESNET is proposing

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Senate Finance Committee to Take Up Tax Extenders Legislation in April

April 2nd, 2014 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, RESNET News

Extension of the 45L Credit for Energy Efficient New Homes in Committee Chairman’s Mark The 45L $2,000 tax credit for builders who build energy efficient homes expired on January 1, 2013. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a markup session on a set of extensions for tax credits that have expired. The legislation being markup

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Touchstone Energy Launches Existing Homes Upgrade and Labeling Program Linked to HERS Index

March 27th, 2014 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, RESNET News

There is a myth that the HERS’ Index value is restricted to only new homes.  Touchstone Energy Cooperatives did not fall for it.  At the Midwest Regional Energy Conference in Lexington, Kentucky it was announced that the network of electrical cooperatives will be launching the “TogetherWeSave Energy Smart Home” label for existing homes whose energy

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RESNET Posts Web Page on Enhancing National Consistency of HERS Index Scores

March 24th, 2014 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, RESNET News

Across the nation the RESNET HERS Index Score is fast becoming a mainstream in the housing market.  Homebuilders are having their homes energy rated and marketing the HERS Index Score of their homes, Multiple Listing Services (MLS) are incorporating the HERS Index Scores in their listings, and code jurisdictions are recognizing a HERS Index Score

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