What’s a HERS Rating?
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) ratings involve a computer analysis of your home’s construction plans combined with onsite inspections and performance testing to arrive at a HERS Index. The HERS Index is on a 0-100 scale, with 0 being a Zero Energy Home and 100 being a home built to 2006 international energy code.
Our Raters work with you during early design to help you explore all the options to make your project as energy efficient as possible, keeping in mind your budget and other concerns such as code compliance, indoor air quality, and aesthetics.
We conduct rigorous plan reviews to ensure the architect’s plans match what we have in the energy models.
During construction, our Raters conduct on-site inspections and performance testing. This ensures that the contractor is building the project according to your plans.
At the end of construction, your HERS rating goes through third-party quality assurance and is uploaded to the National Registry, a public database of all HERS Rated Homes. You will also receive a certificate as proof that your project has earned its HERS Index.
Why are HERS Ratings Beneficial?
One of the biggest benefits you can gain from a good HERS rating is being able to acquire an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) for your home. Borrowers can qualify for these larger mortgages as a result of having a low HERS rating and, thus, an energy-efficient home. Because energy-efficient homes use less energy, they are lower in cost to operate from month to month, and these savings in energy costs can qualify homebuyers for EEMs.
A home’s HERS rating is now a part of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for good reason—a good HERS rating brings added value, higher prices, and quicker sales.
Whether required or not, a good rating can set a builder or realtor apart from their competition and give conscientious potential buyers a reason to do business with them over anyone else.
How We Help
We can help you achieve your mission in building sustainably and reducing your carbon footprint in a lot of ways. From helping you with your HERS rating, LEED for Homes certification, and ENERGY STAR home status to consulting with you about the sustainability of your project and other ways we can help you be compliant with local and federal energy codes, Green Insight is passionate about partnering with you.
Who We Help
Check out our portfolio to see the wide range of clients we have partnered with through the years to create energy-efficient and sustainable structures. We view client relationships as a partnership that results in buildings that are better for their residents and the environment.
What our clients are saying
“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction
“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”
Director of Development, Landmark Homes
“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”
Owner, Trailhead Homes
Where We Work
Green Insight serves clients throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, West Texas, the entire Mountain West, and beyond. Over the years we’ve grown to service many cities in the mountain states and southwest and our primary service areas are listed below. Our footprint has quickly expanded to other cities and states within the U.S. and internationally. Our continued growth is powered by word-of-mouth marketing from hundreds of happy clients who love our dedication to detail and customer service.
Green Insight has completed or is currently working on projects in the following states and countries: