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Understanding the HERS Index


The Home Energy Rating Standard (HERS) is the new "MPG" rating system for homes, providing a relative energy efficient rating for both new and existing homes. In recent years, "Energy Star" has become a recognized standard for new homes, assuring the homebuyer of some level of energy efficiency in their purchase. Two primary challenges exist with using Energy Star in today’s market. The first barrier is once a home achieves the 5-Star-Plus rating there is no up-front way to differentiate it from other homes. The second, most importantly, is that Energy Star cannot be applied to an existing home.

Today’s market is a mix of new and existing homes. A new home is not for everyone, and not all existing homes are created equal. Potential homebuyers are interested in the cost of energy to operate the home and assurance of a healthy environment for their family. Energy efficiency and health related features are the exact topic of the HERS Index.

Over the past two years, the HERS index has been growing in use and can applied equally to new and existing homes, and provides a numerical score for comparisons. The HERS index has been proven so effective that some MLS listings have created a field for it in their reports. It is anticipated that it will become even more widely used in real estate and appraisal activities in the near future. This program will explain how you can use the index in marketing and assisting prospective buyers with decision making.

Topics will include:
• How the system works
• How to interpret the results
• How it is different from Energy Star
• What the key components are
• How to use the report to make improvements
• Who actually does the rating

4 Continuing Education Units for Realtors & Appraisers
Continuing Education Units are approved by the State of Michigan Department of  Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Cost & Schedule

Cost: $79
Course Number: CBR-1010

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Delta College Main Campus

Instructor Spotlight

Chuck Cribley, Energy Specialist
EnerSafe, Midland, Michigan

Chuck Cribley is currently employed as the Energy Specialist at EnerSafe in Midland, MI. Mr. Cribley is a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater with many years of building science and related experience. Cribley has many years of teaching experience in the Great Lakes Bay Area as an Adjunct instructor for the Delta College Technical Trades Division as well as Delta College Corporate Services.


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