For two years running, Homeport homes have received the best ratings on the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index of energy efficiency. By achieving a score of 48, Homeport was awarded 5 Stars Plus, exceeding the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency as established by the U.S. EPA. Put simply, a standard home has a rating of 100, and the lower the score, the more efficient the home is.
While this certificate only recognizes our Home Ownership homes in North of Broad, our newest Rental Living homes in Duxberry Landing are built to the same standards – some even receiving ratings of 47.
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. Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. The rater then 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: Residental Energy Services Network]