The cost of heating and cooling a home typically is the largest expense involved in homeownership outside of the mortgage. Additionally, the energy used to heat and cool homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels which causes pollution and contributes to climate change. For these reasons, more and more homeowners are demanding energy efficiency when selecting or upgrading a residence. Builders and remodelers who can demonstrate that their homes are comfortable, safe, energy efficient and affordable will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
As an independent rating company, RSR conducts residential energy ratings (HERS Ratings) to assess building construction methods and materials. These nationally recognized ratings are essential for determining eligibility for energy efficiency programs like ENERGY STAR, and for qualifying for low cost energy efficient mortgages. An ENERGY STAR home must be at least 15% more efficient than the local building code. The rating and certification process guarantees that a home meets quantitative performance standards, and helps distinguish it from the competition.
During the rating process, RSR conducts framing, post-insulation, and final inspections to assure that subcontractors are conforming to best practices and that the house as built performs to expectations. The final inspection includes infrared camera and blower-door testing to determine areas of possible air and moisture leakage. Builders receive clear, detailed reports and recommendations as well as a final rating based on the HERS Index. The home energy experts at RSR perform approximately 1,500 energy ratings per year in Minnesota. As a HERS provider, the company trains and certifies the work of other rating companies, ensuring that they meet the same rigid standards as RSR.
Contact us for more information about how RSR’s home energy rating services can benefit you.