Illinois Division of D.R. Horton Commits to Marketing the HERS Index of all Their Homes

October 6th, 2011 - Posted by RESNET under Hot News

The Illinois Division of D.R. Horton 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 company builds.  The intent of the agreement is to raise consumers’ knowledge of new home energy performance by using RESNET’s HERS Index.  Use of the HERS Index will differentiate homes built by D.R. Horton from other homes for sale in Illinois.

D.R. Horton is the largest home builder in the United States, building 18,839.   homes in 2010.  The company has been ranked by Builder Magazine as the #1 builder for the past nine years.  For more information click on

Illinois Division of D.R. Horton designated as EnergySmart Builder

In making the commitment the Illinois Division of D.R. Horton has been designated by RESNET as an RESNET Energy Smart Builder.  RESNET Energy Smart Builders are leading the transformation of the housing towards high energy performance homes. These leading builders are committed to having all of their homes energy rated following RESNET’s stringent standards and marketing their homes HERS Index.

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

Steve Baden, executive director of RESNET lauded the Illinois Division of DR Horton’s leadership for improving the energy performance of new homes.  “Today’s new homes are much more efficient in comparison to homes built just a decade ago.  These homes are more affordable to maintain, comfortable and have a higher value.  Thanks to leaders like D.R. Horton, builders are increasing the energy performance of the homes they build.  This is good for consumers, the environment, the local economy and our national security.”

RESNET is interested in entering into similar agreements with other regional and local builders. Energy raters who have builder clients interested in entering into an agreement with RESNET should contact Steve Baden at

The listing of all builders who have made the commitment go to Builder HERS Index Commitment

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