North Carolina builder Howard Building Science is April 2023 RESNET HERS® Index Builder of the Month. Howard Building Science’s mission is to provide Missing Middle Housing by building pocket neighborhoods of sustainable homes at an affordable price. All homes are built to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home standard with the goal of achieving a net-zero energy community. Owner and President Rob Howard is a HERS Rater with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. We asked Rob what is so special about a HERS-rated home and he said, “I may be a little bit biased, since I have been a HERS Rater, professionally for several years. To me, it’s that third-party quality assurance process that is really the maximum value. Getting the home HERS-rated is really about, the extra set of eyes on the construction process, the critical details.” “You know, homebuyers don’t want to spend any more on their utility bill than they have to. But, they want it, whatever temperature they want it, and not just the thermostat, but then every square inch of their house. So our expectations of comfort in our homes have certainly increased, in my opinion. The beauty of this is the HERS rating process is able to help deliver on those and meet the expectations that that modern homeowners have.” Read more of the profile here.