To date, there are over 2.8 million HERS Rated homes. Each confirmed rating helps to demonstrate the value of measuring the energy efficiency of a home. Only homes submitted to the RESNET Buildings Registry can use the HERS rated designation. RESNET has released a new infographic and handout to explain the value of submitting a rating to the RESNET Registry–the largest database of energy-efficient homes in the nation. HERS Raters can use this infographic and handout to explain to their builder clients the value of a HERS rating. For example, only homes in the RESNET Registry can utilize the following benefits: • Auto-population of data into real estate listings • The ability to market a home as being HERS rated • Rating data accessible to real estate appraisers through the RESNET Appraiser Portal • Potential for increased value in the appraisal process. Appraisers are unlikely to include energy efficiency in their valuation if they cannot verify the data from a source — such as the RESNET Registry. For builders, utility programs, and code officials, this new marketing piece offers a clear perspective that HERS ratings need to be entered into the registry in order to be considered an actual HERS rating and gain the benefits, including robust quality assurance. Only homes submitted to the registry are subject to RESNET’s quality assurance protocols. Only certified RESNET HERS raters can conduct HERS ratings. All HERS ratings must be completed using RESNET accredited software and a home can only be called a “HERS Rated Home” if that rating has been submitted to the RESNET Registry. Think the Energy Rating Index (ERI) in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the same as a HERS Rating? Think again. The ERI in Section R406 of the IECC is not the same as a HERS rating. Have a look at a recent blog post explaining the very important differences. Click on the image above to download. Also available as a printable handout here.