According to a recent article from RESNET, 100,286 new homes received a HERS Index Rating and HERS Index score in the first half of 2016. This is a 15% increase in demand for HERS ratings compared to the first half of 2015.
RESNET also reports that the energy performance of these homes saw a change since 2015. During the first half of 2016, HERS rated homes earned an average HERS Index score of 63. Since the beginning of 2016, the average score has improved to a 61.
In addition, the growth of HERS rated homes saw a greater increase than the increase in the number of new homes sold. The U.S. Census Bureau’s “New Homes Sold and for Sale in 2016” reports that 298,000 new homes were sold during the first half of this year. Comparatively, 270,000 homes were sold during the first half of 2015, which makes for a 10% growth in the new homes market this year. The upturn in HERS rated new homes was 5% greater than this average increase in new homes sold.
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