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Over 190,000 Homes in the U.S. Were RESNET HERS Rated and Issued a HERS Index Score in 2015 (30% Increase Over 2014)

Jan 21, 2016

In 2015 there were 190,180 homes in the United States that were HERS rated by certified RESNET HERS Raters and issued a HERS Index Score.  According to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau this represents over 38% of all new homes sold in the nation.  The homes that were HERS rated in 2015 represents a 30% increase over the number of homes rated in 2014.

The average HERS Index Score of the homes rated in 2015 was 62.

The six leading states in terms of homes receiving a HERS Index were:

  • Texas – 38,988          (28,874 rated in 2014)
  • Florida – 15,337         (14,994  rated in 2014)
  • N. Carolina – 12,757  (10,271 rated in 2014)
  • Arizona – 11,245        (3,318 rated in 2014)
  • Colorado –  10,159     (8,315 rated in 2014)
  • Indiana – 9,197          (8,007  rated in 2014)

The six states with the lowest HERS Index Scores were:

  • Hawaii – 35
  • Vermont –  49
  • Montana – 50
  • Nebraska – 51
  • Maine – 52
  • Minnesota – 53

The following is the number of homes issued a HERS Index Score in 2015 and the average HERS Index Score by state:

Homes

Rated

2015

Homes

Rated

2014

Average HERS Index Score

(2014 avg.)

Alabama

1681

1213

73 (75)

Alaska*

34

163

57 (54)

Arizona

11244

3318

63 (62)

Arkansas

592

533

76 (77)

California**

716

701

69 (69)

Colorado

10150

8315

57 (59)

Connecticut

1194

746

55 (53)

Delaware

2332

1403

52 (57)

District of Columbia

166

100

67 (65)

Florida

15323

14994

58 (60)

Georgia

7253

4986

71 (71)

Hawaii

4

11

36 (-8)

Idaho

1072

722

60 (61)

Illinois

2953

1721

60 (59)

Indiana

9196

8007

66 (67)

Iowa

4871

4007

59 (60)

Kansas

1199

1047

69 (70)

Kentucky

1650

1964

66 (67)

Louisiana

178

230

75 (62)

Maine

18

21

52 (50)

Maryland

5903

4928

57 (59)

Massachusetts

5693

4887

56 (63)

Michigan

2089

2026

59 (60)

Minnesota

4828

3665

53 (57)

Mississippi

84

17

66 (62)

Missouri

979

838

71 (68)

Montana

91

20

50 (49)

Nebraska

545

507

51 (53)

Nevada

5065

1893

62 (62)

New Hampshire

388

253

55 (57)

New Jersey

3754

3005

61 (63)

New Mexico

1622

1223

59 (56)

New York

3802

2568

54 (56)

North Carolina

12742

10271

67 (68)

North Dakota

4

10

66 (49)

Ohio

6894

5389

60 (59)

Oklahoma

3597

3278

62 (62)

Oregon

282

123

60 (54)

Pennsylvania

3128

2408

61 (61)

Rhode Island

272

437

59 (87)

South Carolina

6478

6121

69 (68)

South Dakota

187

17

57 (56)

Tennessee

1348

1016

68 (68)

Texas

38954

28874

65 (65)

Utah

1498

1063

61 (60)

Vermont

330

334

49 (49)

Virginia

4189

4778

63 (62)

Washington

1089

439

58 (57)

West Virginia

129

125

64 (64)

Wisconsin

2328

1932

57 (62)

Wyoming           

62

92

60 (64)

*    Alaska number does not reflect State’s energy standard ratings

**   California number does not reflect Title 24 HERS

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented on over 190,000 homes HERS rated in 2015, “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.  It is particularly encouraging that the average HERS Index Score was 62.  This is 38% more efficient than homes built as recently as 2006 and 68% more efficient than a typical re-sale home.  I congratulate the energy smart builders, HERS Raters and program sponsors that are leading the trend to mainstreaming high performance homes in the market place.”

To learn what is driving this trend, attend the 2016 RESNET Building Performance Conference.  The RESNET Conference is the “not-to-miss” event on home energy ratings and home performance.  For more information go 2016 RESNET Conference