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.