On November 24, 2012

Should You Get A Home Energy Rating?


ASAP ROOFING believes that it is important for homeowners and contractors to work together to create more energy efficient homes. Although the tax credits for energy efficiency have become few and far between, ASAP Roofing representatives will provide a free inspection of you home for storm damage, but also provide an assessment of your attic insulation. It is easy to over spend $20-$30 a month on your heating bills in the cold Denver, CO winters. Energy ratings have been around for a long time, but many Denver and Aurora residents don’t realize how much this can affect their energy bills.

While as early as 1981 mortgage industry leaders recognized the important of energy ratings for homes, and the intention was to use mortgage lending as a way to reflect the importance of an energy efficient home — theoretically the more energy efficient a home was, the more willing lenders would be to extend a mortgage on the home — it wasn’t until 1995 that representatives of the national mortgage industry, the National Association of State Energy Officials, and Energy Rated Homes of America decided to found the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), as a way of providing needed credibility and oversight to the industry.

In 2002 RESNET became incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and Energy Rated Homes of America was merged into the organization, with a Board of Directors governing RESNET, and the infrastructure needed to make energy efficiency a standard feature in the nation’s housing market was finally in place. The technical, program and marketing assistance required to implement successful home energy rating systems is provided by RESNET.

This was an exciting step not only for the building industry as a whole, but also for individual homeowners as the Federal government began to recognize home energy ratings and gave tax credit for homes that could be rated as “energy efficient”. Additionally, homeowners could reference the recognition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR labeled homes when buying or selling a house.

So how does the RESNET home energy rating system (HERS) work? Here is an explanation from the RESNET website:

A certified Home Energy Rater assesses the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home.

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index while a standard new home is awarded a rating of 100.

A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home.

A home with a HERS Index Score of 130 is 30% less energy efficient than a standard new home.

RESNET has laid the foundation for energy ratings. ASAP ROOFING encourages all homeowners to consider the amount of insulation in their attic, before applying a new roof. One of the most important factors in the life of your roof, will be adequate ventilation. ASAP ROOFING representatives will check that your ventilation is up to manufacturer specifications, before your roof is replaced.

The RESNET website also provides tips for improving efficiency: http://resnet.us/energy-saving-tips

An Owens Corning roofing system requirements page can be found here: http://roofing.owenscorning.com/homeowner/accessories/ventilation/

In following the RESNET home energy rating standards, ASAP ROOFING keeps abreast of the latest green roofing materials, practices and trends, and encourages all homeowners to consider a having a HERS rating done on their home.

For more information about ASAP ROOFING, or learn more about green roofing, visit: http://asaproofing.com/re-roofing-the-green-way/

Written by Nick Dorotik



Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+ and twitter.


For more information about ASAP ROOFING, visit http://asaproofing.com/



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