RESNET: Arkansas Proposes Requirement For HERS Index Score Label On All New Homes

September 10th, 2013 – Posted by RESNET under RESNET News The Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Energy Office has announced that it will promulgate rules to update Arkansas’ residential energy code and require that all new homes in the state receive an energy rating and a HERS Index Score label. The proposed rules are designed to improve market recognition of energy efficiency. Energy ratings, which are similar to the miles-per-gallon ratings assigned to cars, would be generated by a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater. The HERS Index is a nationally recognized measurement of a home’s energy performance. To date, more than one million homes have been issued a HERS rating. “The State is proposing these changes as a consumer-driven, market-based approach that directly engages the private sector and helps create jobs,” said AEO’s Deputy Director J.D. Lowery. “Through a collaborative stakeholder process, we received input from builders, code officials, raters, utilities, realtors and appraisers that this was a direction that addresses longstanding concerns that impact code compliance and further investment in energy efficiency.” According to the South East Energy Efficiency Alliance, “Home energy rating and labeling can produce significant, cross-cutting benefits for multiple stakeholder groups. It allows consumers to fully understand the long-term costs associated with owning a home and to recoup the value of investments in energy efficiency measures through a home’s resale price. Expenditures on energy in Arkansas currently average 5.1 percent of household median income – the ninth-highest in the nation. Home energy rating and labeling directly addresses cost issues; in fact, a recent survey by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation shows that Arkansans favor home energy labeling two-to-one.” Read...

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Al.com: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Nexus Energy Center, ADECA to be recognized by Southeast energy alliance

By Lucy Berry | [email protected] HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Nexus Energy Center and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will be honored next week by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The Sept. 17 Energy Huntsville meeting, which is part of SEEA’s regional Energy Pro tour, will recognize Battle, Nexus and ADECA for their support of the Alabama WISE (Worthwhile Investments Save Energy) home energy upgrade program. The Energy Huntsville program and awards ceremony will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Click here for more details. “The city of Huntsville is very fortunate to have several companies committed to improving energy options for both residents and industry,” Battle said. “I am extremely proud of the many successes our Energy Huntsville partners, like Nexus Energy Center, have had in bringing awareness to energy programs, offering educational seminars on new technologies, and providing advocacy for policies that encourage future sustainable energy practices.” Since its launch, Alabama WISE has produced almost 1,500 audits and up to 1,100 retrofits, which have saved customers nearly $300,000 annually and provided more than $6 million in revenues to local contractors. Nexus, which operates WISE programs in Huntsville and Birmingham, is planning to expand to Tuscaloosa within the year. The Huntsville-based company has also expanded the network of in-state contractors through the Building Performance Institute. Read...

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