The HERS Index is the nationally recognized as the measure of Residential Energy Efficiency. Residential trade associations such as Home Builders Associations and REALTORS® are using the HERS Index Score to enable home buyers to differentiate between homes. The Real Estate industry recognizes this with the inclusion of a HERS Index Score in their sales listings. Builders by having their homes rated and through their trade associations having promoting and requiring the transparency of a HERS Rating enables Home Buyers to confidently compare various homes and the specific HERS Index scores to their individual needs.
Multiple Listing Services in the states of Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington include the HERS Index Score in property listings.
The Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) has included HERS Index Scores of homes in their (MLS) as part of their effort of “greening” the MLS. NWMLS is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest, currently serving 21 counties in Western and Central Washington, which together encompass approximately 80 percent of Washington’s population, including the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.
The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors (RVAR) is including the HERS Index Scores in its listing of homes for sale in the market. The RVAR covers the southwest portion of Virginia including the city of Roanoke.
REALTORS® rely on the MLS to guide potential homebuyers and appraisers use the service to locate comparable properties. Having this information easily available will make it easier for builders to market their HERS Index Scores and appraisers to calculate the market value of rated homes and Home Buyers to make informed purchase decisions.
The South Carolina Home Builders Association is addressing a lack of transparency in the market place regarding Energy Efficiency in new home construction. The builders association has launched the South Carolina Energy Conscious Homes Program. The program offers a label on the energy performance of a home participating in the program. The label from the Home Builders Association of South Carolina for increased energy performance is based on the home’s HERS Index Score.
The Home Builders Association of Lexington, KY is promoting the HERS Index Score and is the first homebuilder association in the country to formally commit all of its members to have their homes energy rated. The executive director of the Lexington Home Builders Association, Todd Johnson, states that builders support the HERS Index Score because “it is straight forward and simple. It is like a miles per gallon label for homes.” Homes with HERS Index Scores were highlighted in the association’s Grand Tour of Homes.