Why Become a HERS Rater?

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Dallas Jones: Hi. I'm Dallas Jones with Green Training USA and I'm sitting here today with Steve Baden, the executive director of RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network. So, Steve, tell me why today is a really good time for someone to consider becoming a RESNET HERS rater?

Steve Baden: There's never been a better time to become a HERS rater. Builders across the country are now having all their homes rated by a certified rater and marking what we call the HERS index score.

The HERS index score has become the MPG for houses. Just as consumers look at the miles per gallon sticker on a car, homebuilders now are asking their buyers to look at the energy efficiency of their homes or their HERS index. And this market is growing. Last year RESNET raters rated over 120,000 new homes. That represented 40% of all homes built in the United States.

So, I think that the differentiation is that a new home is much more efficient than an existing home and that if you buy an older foreclosed home, while it might be cheaper, it's going to have higher bills and be less comfortable. So, it's just much smarter to buy it right. And so that's why builders and moving this movement. We're seeing each year more and more builders wanting to do this, which creates jobs for raters. So there's no better time than right now for becoming a certified rater.

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