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Demand for Home Energy Ratings Soar in 2013 – Up 70% from 2012

Jan 6, 2014

In 2013 70% more homes were energy rated in the U.S. and issued a HERS Index Score.

The following is the number of homes issued a HERS Index Score in 2013 and the average HERS Index Score:

Nationally

Number of Homes Rated

Average HERS Index Score

218,864

64

By State

State

Number of Homes Rated

Average HERS Index Score

Alaska

     25

59

Alabama

 1,334

77

Arkansas

 1,034

68

Arizona

 3,222

62

California*

    922

72

Colorado

11,699

61

Connecticut

  1,189

62

District of Columbia

     994

67

Delaware

  2,159

59

Florida

23,698

64

Georgia

  3.025

70

Hawaii

         1

18

Iowa

  6,229

60

Illinois

  2,413

62

Indiana

11.069

68

Kansas

    985

68

Kentucky

 3,331

68

Louisiana

    652

68

Maine

      67

76

Maryland

  9,716

61

Massachusetts

   6,320

59

Michigan

   3,368

60

Minnesota

   1,444

54

Missouri

   1,409

72

Mississippi

      102

73

Montana

      205

56

Nebraska

      799

54

Nevada

   3,401

64

New Hampshire

      327

57

New Jersey

   4,826

63

New Mexico

   2,414

55

New York

   4,261

56

North Carolina

  14,068

68

North Dakota

        26

65

Ohio

 11,787

61

Oklahoma

   5,464

63

Oregon

      175

58

Pennsylvania

   4,513

62

Rhode Island

      430

64

South Carolina

   5,641 

67

South Dakota

      320

53

Tennessee

   1,762

69

Texas

45,365

65

Utah

  1,158

58

Virginia

  8,970

63

Vermont

     723

53

Washington

     462

63

Wisconsin

  4,101

57

West Virginia

     121

61

Wyoming

     265

64

*   California number does not reflect Title 24 HERS

The 218,864 ratings conducted in 2013 reflects a 70% increase over 2012 and issued a HERS Index Score since 2008:

 

 

Number of Homes Issued HERS Index Scores
2013

218,000

2012

128,000

2011

120,000

2010

120,000

2009

116,000

2008

100,000

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented on the pickup in the number homes issued a HERS Index Score, “These numbers reflect that home energy ratings are fast becoming a mainstream in the U.S. housing market.

It is also encouraging that the average HERS Index Score was 64.  This is 36% more efficient than homes built as recently as 2006 and 66% more efficient than a typical re-sale home.

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.”

To learn what is driving this trend, attend the 2014 RESNET Building Performance Conference.  The RESNET Conference is the “not-to-miss” event on home energy ratings and home performance.  For more information go to 2014 RESNET Building Performance Conference