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Despite Slow Housing Market the Number of Homes Receiving a HERS Index Score in 2012 Increased

Feb 18, 2013

Despite the continued challenges of the nation’s housing market, the number of homes that were energy rated and received a HERS Index Score increased in 2012.  In 2012 there were 128,000 homes in the United States that were issued a HERS Index Score.  This represented 35% of all new homes sold in the nation.

The following has been the trend of the number of homes that have been energy rated and issued a HERS Index Score since 2008:

Year

Number of Homes Issued HERS Index Score

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 in 2012, “These numbers reflect that home energy ratings are fast becoming a mainstream in the U.S. housing market.  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 as more builders commit to having all of their homes energy rated and market the HERS Index Score of their homes.”

For a listing of homebuilders that have committed to having all of their homes energy rated go to RESNET Energy Smart Builders