Lennar Agrees to Label Energy Efficiency of Homes Using RESNET HERS Index

October 17th, 2011 - Posted by RESNET under Hot News

RESNET and Lennar, one of the nation’s leading builders of quality homes, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to include RESNET’s Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) Index as part of Lennar’s “Everything’s Included” program.

The HERS Index, is the nationally recognized standard for measuring home energy performance, operates much like the MPG rating for automobiles. Recognized by the federal government and private industry, the HERS Index has been used to monitor and calculate energy efficiency for more than 1 million homes across the country.

Under the HERS program, Lennar will include a label that indicates the energy efficiency of the home in comparison to a typical existing home, as determined by the U.S. Department of Energy. Lennar also will provide an estimate of how much money homebuyers can save on annual utility bills. Excluding mortgage payments, one of the highest costs of home ownership is energy.

“Smart consumers examine the HERS Index to determine a home’s energy efficiency before buying, much like checking the MPG sticker on a car,” said Steve Baden, Executive Director of RESNET. “We are thrilled to be working with Lennar, already the nation’s leading builder of solar homes, and its continued leadership in advancing the energy efficiency objectives of the nation.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home built today is at least 30 percent more efficient than the average existing home.

David J. Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures and chairman of RESNET Housing Industry Advisory Council, said homebuilders view energy savings as another benefit of buying a new home today. “Energy efficiency is top of mind for home purchasers and RESNET and its HERS Index have long been the industry’s dominant standard,” Kaiserman said. “Lennar is very excited to be working with RESNET to help demystify the complexities of energy efficiency ratings by promoting the HERS Index.”

In 2008 Lennar was the second largest homebuilder in the U.S. The company builds homes in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. For more information visit Lennar’s website.

Lennar Homes has been designated as a RESNET Energy Smart Builder

In making the commitment Lennar Homes 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

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 sbaden@resnet.us

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

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  • http://www.lumber-one.com Chad Carlson

    I see this as a major plus for the industry. As a rater in Minnesota, the new version of Energy Star starting in 2012 will only increase the use the HERS index instead of Energy Star. The biggest obstacle with Energy Star is the certification and requirements of the HVAC contractor. As of today, there is not one HVAC contractor in MN that is certified with Energy Star, thus I cannot qualify new Energy Star Homes today or in the future. I will be pushing my contractors towards the HERS Smart Homes.

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