OCEANSIDE, Calif. — RESNET announced that in 2017, there were 227,840 HERS-rated homes in the U.S. that issued a HERS Index Score. This broke the record for the number of homes HERS rated in a year, with 21,257 more homes rated than in 2016.

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

“Homebuilders are increasingly seeing energy efficiency as a major selling point for buying a new home,” said Steve Baden, executive director, RESNET. “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 percent more efficient than homes built as recently as 2006 and 68 percent 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 marketplace.”

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), and 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), and New York (53).

Publicaiton date: 1/29/2018

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