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.”