We at ABA perform HERS Ratings for a wide variety of project types and a wide variety of goals, and we are happy to customize our efforts to suit your project.
HERS Rating stands for Home Energy Rating System. This system uses highly developed software to compare the projected energy use of planned and actual homes with standard reference homes.
Projected ratings give owners and builders an estimate of what a home’s efficiency will be like after construction or improvements, so that they may determine the most cost-effective route to improve a building’s efficiency.
A confirmed rating, which indicates the home’s current efficiency, requires an inspection of the home from an energy rater. The home energy rater reviews the home to identify its energy characteristics, such as insulation levels, window efficiency, wall-to-window ratios, the heating and cooling system efficiency, the solar orientation of the home, and the water heating system. Performance testing, such as a blower door test for air leakage and duct leakage, is usually part of the rating.
HERS Rating can be used for qualification of a building for many different programs including energy efficiency financing, energy code compliance, utility incentive programs, builder’s tax credits, and green home marketing such as ENERGY STAR Homes, LEED for Homes and the National Green Building Standard.
The System can be used to rate all types of homes from single family homes to high-side apartments.