U.S. & Canadian 2017 Cross Border Builder Challenge Applications Due January 27, 2017

July 14th, 2016 - Posted by Laurel Elam under RESNET News

Roy Honican RESNET Board of Directors President, and John Godden, President of the Canadian counterpart CRESNET, announced the 2017 Cross Border Builder Challenge.  “The previous Cross Border Home Builder Challenge awards have been such a huge success in promoting the utilization of the HERS Index and energy efficient home building in the U.S. and Canada that we decided to make the program an annual RESNET-CRESNET event”, noted Honican.

“Once again, the RESNET and CRESNET Cross Border Challenge will be a friendly competition between American and Canadian builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build,” noted John Godden.

The rules are simple:

Lowest HERS score in all categories wins!!

  • Homes must be rated by a certified HERS Rater between January 30, 2016 & January 27, 2017
  • Awards presented at 2017 RESNET Conference in Arizona.
  • Challenge submission deadline is January 27, 2017.

To enter, please submit builder information, Home Energy Rating Certificate (HERC) report including HERS score and picture of the house to: rod@renewability.com

Award Categories:

  • Lowest score American Production Builder (> 49 homes HERS rated per year)  – sponsored by Renewability Energy
  • Lowest score American Mid-Size Builder (10 to 49 homes HERS rated per year)  – sponsored by Renewability Energy
  • Lowest score American Custom Builder (< 10 homes HERS rated per year) – sponsored by Renewability Energy
  • Lowest score Canadian Production Builder (> 49 homes HERS rated per year) – sponsored by Renewability Energy
  • Lowest score Canadian Mid-Size Builder (10 to 49 homes HERS rated per year) – sponsored by Renewability Energy
  • Lowest score Canadian Custom Builder (< 10 homes HERS rated per year) – sponsored by Renewability Energy (note: low score electric homes must be a HERS 42 with a default COP input of 2.8, an EF of .9 and no solar to validate a competitive envelope with a natural gas home)
  • Net Zero Award American Builder – sponsored by Dow
  • Net Zero Award Canadian Builder – sponsored by Dow

note: net zero awards are open to all builders and includes PV if HERS score is 40 or less without PV, lowest score wins!!

President’s Awards –   sponsored by Icynene

These awards are for Production Builders on both sides of the border that have HERS rated 50 or more homes between January 30, 2016 and January 27, 2017. The Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated < HERS 54 during the above time frame wins the President’s Award!

  • There are 2 President’s Awards: The RESNET Award and the CRESNET Award
  • These awards do not include HERS scores with PV

To submit, please provide: builder,s name, number of HERS rated homes, proof of number of HERS rated homes < 54 and HERS rater information to: rod@renewability.com

Awards will be presented at the 2017 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“With well over 1.8 million homes rated in the U.S., the HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is now being measured in the U.S. and Canada. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance” noted Roy Honican.

The Index is based on an assessment by a certified HERS Rater who evaluates the energy efficiency of a home and assigns it a relative performance score. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home.  For more information go to the HERS Index

“As in the past, we are expecting some of the largest, and most respected, U.S. and Canadian builders to participate in the 2015 competition”, continued John Godden.

For more information go to 2017 Cross Border Builder Challenge

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