During 2013, New Home Builders in the US placed a HERS Rating on over 50% of the new homes built. Builders in most large housing markets have found that a HERS Rated Home sells faster than one that is not Rated.
Is the new home builder the only one that can place a rating on a home? Actually anyone with an interest in the home can have a HERS Rating completed. The process is the same as when the builder completes the process.
Tonight a new home is on the page listing ‘Actual HERS Rated Homes’ . This home is one the owner chose to have the HERS Rating completed. It is being built in Derby, and is listed as Sold Projected. This home was planned to be lower than the standard new home. It is projected with an INDEX of 86. It will come in lower. The projected HERS process took into consideration the plan and the levels of insulation and equipment the owner and the builder have decided on.
The reports also show how much energy will be used in both heating seasons and cooling seasons by this home. Several recommendations for cost effective improvements were made. Several were based on simply lowering the annual utility bills of the home. When the builder gets pricing for these improvements, the home buyer can make a good decision to proceed with that improvement or not.
Several of the additional insulation recommendations fall into this category. Several of these improvements were based on improving the comfort and Indoor air quality of the home. Again, when the builder has prices in hand the home buyer can make good decisions about these health and safety items. These items include improved equipment, and improved mechanical ventilation over the code required fresh air duct into the furnace.
Yes, there is no code adopted and enforced in the Wichita area requiring insulation in a new home. There is a code item that requires fresh air to be brought in. I have yet to see a new home without provision for a dryer and spot ventilation fans in the bathrooms. The fresh air is needed to compensate for these items. If it is not provided, these fans will cause fresh air to come in where it can, not where you want.
When think of a Heating and Air contractor, you have seen them referred to as HVAC Contractors. The V is for Ventilation.
Remember to ask your Builder for the HERS Rating when you look at a new home. If the builder isn’t Rating his homes, you can obtain a HERS Rating for your favorite model.