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Record number of HERS homes in 2017

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Record number of HERS homes in 2017

Oceanside, Calif. — RESNET has announced that in 2017, there were 227,840 homes in the United States that were HERS rated and issued a HERS Index Score.  This broke the record for the number of homes HERS rated in a year, with 21,257 more homes HERS rated than in 2016.

The average HERS Index Score in 2017 was 62.  This is 38% more efficient than a home built as recently as 2006.

Said RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden, “”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 home built in 1970.   I congratulate the EnergySmart Builders, HERS Raters and program sponsors that are leading the trend to mainstreaming high performance homes in the market place.”

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

Texas  44,680

Arizona  20,599

Florida  15,996

North Carolina  15,545

Colorado  11,340

Indiana  9,781

The seven states with the lowest average HERS Index Score were:

Vermont  43

Maine  46

Montana  49

Minnesota  51

Hawaii  52

Alaska  53

New York  53

View HERS Index Scores per climate zone and all states in 2016 and 2017 by clicking here.

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