Over 146,000 Homes in the U.S. were HERS Rated and issued a HERS Index Score in 2014

March 3rd, 2015 - Posted by Laurel Elam under RESNET News

In 2014 there were 146,860 homes in the United States that were energy rated by certified RESNET HERS Raters and issued a HERS Index Score.  According to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau this represents over 33.8% of all new homes sold in the nation.  The average HERS Index Score of the homes rated in 2014 was 63.

The five leading states in terms of homes receiving a HERS Index were:

  • Texas – 28,784
  • Florida – 14,994
  • North Carolina – 10,271
  • Colorado –  8,315
  • Indiana – 8,007

The five states with the lowest HERS Index Scores were:

  • Hawaii – -8
  • Montana – 49
  • North Dakota – 49
  • Vermont – 49
  • Maine – 50

The following is the number of homes issued a HERS Index Score in 2014 and the average HERS Index Score by state

State

Number of Homes Rated

Average HERS Index Score

Alabama

 1,213

75

Alaska*

   163

54

Arizona

 3,318

62

Arkansas

    533

77

California**

    701

69

Colorado

 8,315

59

Connecticut

    746

53

Delaware

1,403

57

District of Columbia

     100

65

Florida

14,994

60

Georgia

  4,986

71

Hawaii

       11

 -8

Idaho

    722

61

Illinois

  1,721

59

Indiana

  8,007

67

Iowa

  4,007

60

Kansas

  1,047

70

Kentucky

 1,964

67

Louisiana

    230

62

Maine

      21

50

Maryland

  4,928

59

Massachusetts

   4,887

63

Michigan

   2,026

60

Minnesota

   3,665

57

Mississippi

        17

62

Missouri

      838

68

Montana

        20

49

Nebraska

      507

53

Nevada

   1,893

62

New Hampshire

      253

57

New Jersey

   3,005

63

New Mexico

   1,223

56

New York

   2,568

56

North Carolina

  10,271

68

North Dakota

        10

49

Ohio

   5,389

59

Oklahoma

   3,278

62

Oregon

      123

54

Pennsylvania

   2,408

61

Rhode Island

      437

87

South Carolina

   6,121 

68

South Dakota

      17

56

Tennessee

   1,016

68

Texas

28,874

65

Utah

  1,063

60

Vermont

     334

49

Virginia

  4,778

62

Washington

     439

57

West Virginia

     125

64

Wisconsin

  1,932

62

Wyoming           

      92

64

*    Alaska number does not reflect State’s energy standard ratings

**   California number does not reflect Title 24 HERS

The total number of ratings conducted in 2014 is lower than reported for 2013.  There were several reasons for this.  The first is that the federal tax credit for energy efficient homes expired in 2014.  Another reason was that 2013 was the first year for the RESNET National Registry and it was discovered that there were glitches in the registry that resulted in an over reporting of homes rated in 2013.

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented on the fact that over 146,000 homes HERS rated in 2014, “Homebuilders are increasingly seeing energy efficiency as a major selling point for buying a new home.  To take advantage of this opportunity builders across the nation are presenting their homes’ energy performance in a way that every home buyer can understand, the home’s HERS Index Score.  I expect that this trend will continue.  It is also encouraging that the average HERS Index Score was 63.  This is 37% more efficient than homes built as recently as 2006 and 67% more efficient than a typical re-sale home.”

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