Record Number of Homes HERS Rated in 2016 Over 206,000

January 12th, 2017 - Posted by Laurel Elam under RESNET News

In 2016 there were 206,583 homes in the United States that were HERS rated and issued a HERS Index.  This broke the record for the number of homes HERS rated in a year.  In 2016 there were 16,403 more homes HERS rated than in 2015.

Besides the increase in the number of homes HERS rated, the average HERS Index Score in 2016 was 61, as compared to the average HERS Index score of 62 in 2015.

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

  • Texas -  40,012
  • North Carolina – 13,397
  • Arizona – 12,522
  • Florida – 12,484
  • Colorado – 12,320
  • Indiana –  8,951

The six states with the lowest average HERS Index Scores were:

  • Maine – 26
  • Hawaii – 31
  • Vermont – 47
  • Montana – 49
  • Minnesota – 51
  • Nebraska – 52

The following is the number of homes issued a HERS Index Score in 2016 and the average HERS Index Score by state:

Number of Ratings in 2016 Average HERS Index in 2016 Number of Ratings in 2015 Average HERS Index in 2015
Alabama 1,745 71 1,681 73
Alaska* 425 55 34 57
Arizona 12,522 63 11,244 63
Arkansas 714 72 592 76
California** 1,156 68 716 69
Colorado 12,320 55 10,150 57
Connecticut 1,236 53 1,194 55
Delaware 2,067 53 2,332 52
District of Columbia 337 59 166 67
Florida 12,484 58 15,323 58
Georgia 8,820 70 7,253 71
Hawaii 31 45 4 36
Idaho 1,649 60 1,072 60
Illinois 3,361 60 2,953 60
Indiana 8,951 65 9,916 66
Iowa 5,032 56 4,871 59
Kansas 1,289 69 1,199 69
Kentucky 2,009 65 1,650 66
Louisiana 314 74 178 75
Maine 113 26 18 52
Maryland 6,513 55 5,903 57
Massachusetts 7,466 55 5,693 56
Michigan 2,944 57 2,089 59
Minnesota 6,494 51 4,838 53
Mississippi 25 65 84 66
Missouri 625 68 979 71
Montana 115 49 91 50
Nebraska 1,249 52 545 51
Nevada 4,966 62 5,065 62
New Hampshire 591 61 388 55
New Jersey 3,704 61 3,754 61
New Mexico 1,148 56 1,662 59
New York 3,640 53 3,802 54
North Carolina 13,397 66 12,742 67
North Dakota 21 58 4 66
Ohio 6,595 60 6,894 60
Oklahoma 4,019 61 3,597 62
Oregon 330 56 282 60
Pennsylvania 3,579 61 3,128 61
Rhode Island 334 62 272 59
South Carolina 7,740 68 6,478 69
South Dakota 219 53 187 57
Tennessee 1,106 67 1,348 68
Texas 40,012 64 38,953 65
Utah 1,522 62 1,498 61
Vermont 388 47 330 49
Virginia 7,235 63 4,189 63
Washington 1,316 56 1,089 58
West Virginia 126 67 129 64
Wisconsin 2,526 52 2,238 57
Wyoming 63 58 58 60

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

**   California number does not reflect Title 24 HERS

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented on the over 206,000 homes HERS rated in 2016, “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 particularly encouraging that the average HERS Index Score was 61.  This is 39% more efficient than homes built as recently as 2006 and 69% more efficient than a typical home built in 1970.  I congratulate the energy smart builders, HERS Raters and program sponsors that are leading the trend to mainstreaming high performance homes in the market place.”

To learn what is driving this trend, attend the 2017 RESNET Building Performance Conference.  The RESNET Conference is the “not-to-miss” event on home energy ratings and home performance.  For more information go 2017 RESNET Conference

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