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US - Canadian Home Efficiency Maximized through 2014 RESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge

Posted by Walter Urban VP RenewABILITY Energy on March 18, 2014
US - Canadian Home Efficiency Maximized through 2014 RESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge
Growth of HERS Index in US & Canadian Building Sector

The award winners of the 2014 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge, which helps promote the utilization of the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index have been announced by Steve Baden, Executive Director of RESNET, and John Godden, President of the Canadian counterpart CRESNET at the RESNET annual conference in Atlanta, GA. 

"With well over 1 million homes rated in the US, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is now being measured in the US and Canada. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance” noted Steve Baden.  

"The Index is based on an assessment by a certified Home Energy Rater who evaluates the energy efficiency of a home and assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. The energy efficiency score is based on variables such as exterior walls (both above and below grade), floors over unconditioned spaces, ceilings and roofs, windows and doors, vents and ductwork, HVAC systems, water heating system, and your thermostat, among other elements, commented" Steve Baden. 

"This being in its first year, the RESNET Cross Border Challenge is a friendly competition between American and Canadian Home Builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build," noted John Godden. There were a total of six builder awards presented for this year’s competition; four were based on having the lowest HERS score for their specific category, sponsored by Power-Pipe®  , and two were special President’s awards based on a fleet of HERS new home ratings, sponsored by Icynene. 

 The awards available were as follows: 

  1. Lowest HERS score American Production Builder (>50 homes HERS rated per year)
  2. Lowest HERS score American Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  3. Lowest HERS score Canadian Production Builder (> 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  4. Lowest HERS score Canadian Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  5. RESNET President's Award for the American Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated under HERS score 55.
  6. CRESNET President's Award for the Canadian Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated under HERS score 55. 

"It's no surprise the 2014 awards included some of the largest, and most respected, US and Canadian builders", continued John Godden.

The winners for 2014 are:                                                

  1. Lowest HERS score American Production Builder is KB Home with a HERS 42                                                         
  2. Lowest HERS score American Custom Builder is Cobblestone Homes with a HERS 40                               
  3. Lowest HERS score Canadian Production Builder is Brookfield Residential with a HERS 36.                            
  4. Lowest HERS score Canadian Custom Builder is Hunt Homes with a HERS 36
  5. RESNET President's Award - KB Home
  6. CRESNET President's Award - Brookfield Residential    

Winners in all Lowest HERS score categories each won a free Power-Pipe® Drain Water Heat Recovery System as part of their awards.  The Power-Pipe® Drain Water Heat Recovery System is a leading technology for reducing water heating costs for homeowners, yet increasing the water heating capacity within the house.  

In addition, winners of the President's Awards each won an insulation package from Icynene. Winners have a choice of one set (approximately 16000 board feet) of Low Density or one set (approximately 5000 board feet) of Medium Density spray foam from the industry leading Icynene family of spray foam products. Product Choices include Icynene Classic Max and Classic Plus, Low Density spray foams with high yield, high R-value and no ignition barrier required, as well as, Icynene ProSeal and ProSeal Eco, Medium Density spray foams with unique best-in-class performance in terms of features like R-value, and lowest Global Warming Potential. 

About RESNET

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization committed to helping homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient. 

RESNET is responsible for creating the national training and certification standards for HERS Raters and Home Energy Survey Professionals, both of which are recognized by federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry. For more information contact Steve Baden at sbaden@natresnet.org or visit www.resnet.us

About CRESNET

CRESNET is a Canadian national, non-profit corporation which was formed in March of 2007. An annual general meeting is held where members may nominate and vote for board members and help set the direction of the organization.

CRESNET was given the exclusive right in Canada to use and adapt all the standards of RESNET.  CRESNET undertook to adapt the technical specifications of HERS to calibrate the 100 point to better suit Canadian Codes and practices. That work is now complete and the Canadianized version is termed the E-Scale. For more information contact John Godden at info@cresnet.ca or visit www.cresnet.ca.

 

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