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Home Energy Rating defined
an Analysis of how efficient the home is functioning, a look at how a home is constructed and the equipment to be used.  Using plans and on-site inspections the energy efficiency of the home can be determined.  Energy efficiency software is needed to analyse the home's design thus creating a HERS Index.  HERS Raters are certified by training providers who are accredited by RESNET and authorized to inspect and test homes to evaluate the minimum rated features according to the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standard (Working Copy).  Using Energy Star Approved Annalysis Software the HERS rater produces reports which includes the HERS Index.  
The HERS Index: The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home's HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.
Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the HERS Reference Home. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient.1
1 Foot Note: HERS Index definition taken from RESNET?s Website on Home Energy Rating Page

To get Started:
1) Complete the Program Registration Form   
        {Select All Program(s) you wish to participate in} 
2) Become a RESNET Partner by completing the
     "MOU" Memorandum of Understanding
     Please Note: 2 Homes must be completed for Active Status
3) Start  Building Profile - Energy Data Form 
4) Call TRA @ 800-398-9282 or eMail  

Frequently asked questions:  

1) How do I get a Quote?  
 Call TRA @ 800-398-9282 or eMail  
2) How do I choose a Rater?  Review our HERS Rater List
3) What are the Rater's Responsibilities?
  1. Conduct Home Energy Rating (defined above)
  2. Conduct Airtightness Test
  3. Conduct a Duct Leakage Test 

 Rater Resources:  
   HERS Rater Document Submission Checklist   
   Building Profile - Energy Data Form 
   On-Site Inspection Procedure "Appendix A" of RESNET Standard for Quality  
       Page 143-183 (Link to Full Standard above)  
      RESNET Link for verification of newest version of Standard    
How to:
   Get more info Inquiry Record or receive a Call on Home Energy Ratings 
   To become an Energy Star Partner      
   Keep track of your Label Usage and report      
   Order more Labels, eStar, HERS, Modular  
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