The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to change the Builders Challenge program’s name to the DOE Challenge Home. It has also decided to drop the E-Scale. DOE will continue to require, however, that a rating must take place on a DOE Challenge Home by a certified RESNET HERS Rater.
Instead of the E-Scale, a home that qualifies for the DOE Challenge Home will be issued a certificate that contains the HERS Index Score of the home on the RESNET HERS Index Scale. To view the draft of the of the new certificate click on DOE Challenge Home Certificate.
According to Sam Rashkin DOE will ask RESNET accredited HERS software providers to update their rating software to be able to print the certificate for any homes that qualifies under the program. The HERS Index will reflect the actual score of the specific home for which the HERS rating is being performed
This decision by DOE reflects the growing momentum of the RESNET HERS Index in the housing market. The EPA ENERGY STAR for Homes program’s certificate also includes the HERS Index on their certificates.