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3 Million HERS® Homes and Counting!

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announces that over three million homes in the United States have now been rated with a HERS® Index Score, measuring a home’s energy efficiency.

Says RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden, “What started in 1995 with just a few hundred homes rated per year, has now grown exponentially, backed by consumer demand. By 2012, there were more than one million homes HERS® rated, followed by another million homes by 2017, and now the milestone of over three million home HERS® rated, a little over 3 years later. The upward trajectory of home buyers choosing more energy-efficient, comfortable and healthier homes is certain to continue.”

2nd Annual Virtual #RESNET5K to Benefit One Tree Pledge

This year, participants are raising money for the RESNET campaign with One Tree Pledge to plant 300,000 trees by the year 2023, in honor of the recent #3MHERSandCounting milestone!

When you participate in this year’s virtual #RESNET5K, April 22 – May 31, each dollar raised will plant 1 tree!

To sign up for the race (on your own or with a team) or to  donate directly without racing, visit https://secure.givelively.org/donate/residential-energy-services-networks-inc/resnet-5k-for-one-tree-pledge-for-3mhersandcounting

Where is the 3 millionth HERS® Rated home?

The 3 millionth home in the RESNET Registry was built by Energy Smart Builder Meritage Homes in Winter Park, FL. It was rated by RESNET Accredited Provider 15lightyears Foundation of Longwood, FL.



NEW: Hear CR Herro of Meritage Homes and Tim Smith of 15 Lightyears Foundation as they discuss the behind-the-scenes of building and rating the three millionth HERS® rated home on the RESTalk podcast


Sample Press Release for Rating Providers and Companies

RESNET has drafted a sample news release for companies to modify and share with local news outlets to promote their businesses. It would also be good to include it on your social media and website.  Download here.


RESNET 3 Million HERS® Rated Home Infographic

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RESNET 3 Million HERS® Rated Home Video

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RESNET Collaboration with One Tree Pledge

Steve Baden, Executive Director of Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and Michael Ziman, Founder of the new One Tree Pledge (OTP) sustainability campaign, announce a unique new collaboration in celebration of the 3 millionth home to be rated by the Home Energy Rating System Index (the HERS® Index). Together RESNET and OTP are launching a campaign with the goal of planting 300,000 trees to help combat climate change by the end of January 2023. The trees, over their lifetime, will naturally sequester roughly 3 million pounds of carbon from the atmosphere annually, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Join us! OTP encourages homeowners and construction companies of all types to mitigate the carbon emissions associated with home energy use by planting 1 tree for every 1 square foot of the property. Now, everyone in real estate can get involved, from home raters and appraisers to realtors and mortgage brokers. Donate to our tree planting initiative at a cost of only $1 per tree. Visit https://onetreepledge.org/resnet/ and plant as many trees as you can to help us reach the goal!

Read more here.


RESNET New HERS® Rater and RFI Recognition Campaign

RESNET recognizes those who helped to reach this milestone and wants to pay special recognition to the certified RESNET HERS® Raters and Rating Field Inspectors (RFIs) doing the extensive work of rating homes, every day. This new recognition program offers RESNET Rating Companies and Accredited Providers the opportunity to nominate a HERS® Rater and RFIs who has gone above and beyond to get us to #3MHERSandCounting. Over the next few months, RESNET will share the profiles with the ratings industry. Please see the nomination form for guidelines and information.



Top 20 Builders with Low Scores in 2020

In 2020, there were 299,755 homes HERS® rated in 2020. The average HERS® Index Score of the homes HERS® rated was 58.

The following is in recognition of those pioneers who are building and selling high-energy performance homes. These builders built 50 or more homes in 2020, with an average HERS® Score of 50 or lower.



100,000 Homes Club 

In November 2019, RESNET created the 100K new RESNET “100,000 Homes Club”. The new club recognizes Rating Providers and HERS® Rating companies that have had over 100,000 homes HERS® rated.





The First-Ever HERS® Rater


Terry Duszynski of Fairbanks, Alaska, has the honor of being the first HERS® rater of record. Terry has been working in the fields of general contracting and energy auditing since the early 80s and has known Steve Baden since before RESNET existed.

Click below to hear more from Terry in this episode of the RESNET podcast, RESTalk.