The Changing Role of a Rater
One man's history of HERS from the beginning to now.
Since 1993, all countries in the European Union (EU) have been required by the Specific Actions for Vigorous Energy Efficiency (SAVE) directive to "certify" the energy efficiency of their homes. [continue reading]
Interested in a mortgage for energy-efficient home improvements, but bewildered by the process? If you live in Vermont, you're in luck. Energy Rated Homes of Vermont (ERH-VT) has set up a one-stop service to streamline the approval of energy improvement mortgages (EIMs). [continue reading]
Interested in a mortgage for energy-efficient home improvements, but bewildered by the process? If you live in Vermont, you're in luck. [continue reading]
For the last 10 years, Reward Wall Systems, a manufacturer of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) in Omaha, Nebraska, has offered an energy guarantee: their ICFs save homeowners 70% on heating and cooling compared to the 1992 Model Energy Code (MEC), or Reward pays 110% of the difference in energy costs. [continue reading]
Home energy rating systems (HERS) and related energy efficiency financing products have been in use since the late '70s. Today, 21 states have HERS. [continue reading]
Home energy rating systems have stirred considerable interest in the past decade and more and more states are starting their own HERS programs (see "HERS Past and Present," HE May/June '95, p.29). [continue reading]
Directly comparing the accuracy of rating systems based on case studies is almost like comparing apples and attics; each sample of homes and each HERS is unique. [continue reading]
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...
Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...