Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on March 6, 2017 7 Comments

greenA new partnership between the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the Appraisal Institute plans to include Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores in appraisals.

This will allow consumers to better gauge a home’s energy efficiency. Builders may also be more encouraged to add high-performance features.

In this partnership, RESNET’s database of HERS-rated homes will be available to the Appraisal Institute in states where the rating system is prevalent, such as Texas. The HERS score will be added as a green building certification, similar to the ICC-ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard.

The inclusion of the HERS score should help in the valuation of residential energy improvements. These enhancements are not always recognized in the appraisal process, and can be a hurdle to financing green features.

For additional information about NAHB green and sustainable building initiatives, contact Jaclyn Toole at 800-368-5242 x8225.

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  1. John says:

    I am glad to see this.
    but Negative Nancy wants to know – so what does this mean now that the HERS score has been readjusted over the years? will older existing homes that have higher scores evaluate the same and new HERS scores that are on a different scale? maybe the HERS index shouldn’t have been messed with….. Just sayin

  2. Mark Granville-Smith says:

    Will this happen in Virginia and if so when?

  3. Gary says:

    I agree with Nancy. Now that Resnet has changed the process a home that was built 5 years ago will have a better rating by about 5 HERS points than a brand new home built in 2017. Doesn’t seem like this is a good process to me

  4. Ken Andersen says:

    When does this go into effect, especially in Illinois?

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