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HERS RATING: Third Party Energy Inspections

A home energy rating will consider: the construction & materials of the home, insulation levels, window/door types & efficiency, the window/door to wall area ratios, appliances and lighting (including the water heater), mechanical system (heating and cooling), the orientation of the house, the size of the conditioned area in square feet, and the leakage or air infiltration of the home envelope and duct work.

The Home Energy Rating is completed from on-site visits using test equipment like the blower door and duct blaster and from blueprints on new homes.

Our Homeowners receive a HERS certificate at closing. What is a HERS Rating? 49! What does mean for our home owners a utility bill under $70.00/Month for a standard 3,700 Sq. Ft. Home.

A Home Energy Rating or HERS rating will very soon become a standard part of every real estate listing allowing buyers to directly compare the efficiency of one home to another (similar to the way they compare MPG when shopping for a car). A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index. The rater conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index score for the home (source: energystar.gov). Our Homeowners receive a HERS rating certificate showing the HERS rating index score. The lower scores mean higher energy savings.

The average home rates at 130, Energy Star rated homes must achieve a score of 85, South Georgia new built homes have a score of 110. Our homes rating score are significantly better at low 50's! You will not find a builder in South Georgia or North Florida with a lower HERS SCORE! and in Georgia you will not find a builder building high performance homes at all. Please ask your local Realtors what they mean when they say a home is Energy Efficient, because an Energy efficient home is test and documented by nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.

The worst insulation you can use is fiberglass. Fiberglass does not have the compaction that cellulose has and the option of pest control cellulose insulation has 15% borates for bug control. We do not use fiberglass

Understanding the HERS index:

A home built to the minimum 2006 IECC energy code standards is rated at 100 on the HERS Index. This is the benchmark.

If a home is rated at 130 on the HERS Index, that means it is 30 percent less efficient than a standard new home.

If a home has a lower score of 60 that means the home is 40 percent more efficient than a standard new home.

A RESNET-certified home energy rater must perform an energy analysis. Based on calculations and performance, the home is awarded a HERS Index Score - similar to golf, the lower the score the better.

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Common Knowledge

  • Attics are hot in the summer and cold in the winter
  • Duct system tend to have low R values
  • Duct system are not leak free. And we can Guarantee that new homes being built in Thomasville are not leak FREE.
  • Attics are never cleaned IAQ - indoor air quality Issues
  • Attics are not a good place install A/C Unit or ducts - But Other builders do it anyway. WE DO NOT!

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