HERS Rated Homes Are Good for You, the Environment and the Economy
Energy efficient HERS rated homes are gaining traction across the country not only because of the financial savings they offer but also because of their environmentally friendly features.
Thanks to Energy Smart Builders, more Americans are now able to take advantage of the many benefits that HERS rated homes have to offer, such as:
- Energy and water efficiency
- Renewable energy use, i.e., solar energy
- Pollution and waste reduction measures
- Improved indoor environmental air quality
- Use of environmental design in construction and operation
- Consideration of the quality of life of occupants in design, construction, and operation
Environment and Economy
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 12% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 were produced by commercial and residential structures. In the residential sector alone, 98% of the greenhouse gases produced was carbon dioxide (CO2) and is energy related. HERS rated homes are built to address these issues and are designed from the ground up to be environmentally friendly. As a result, they produce far less greenhouse gas emissions and thereby have a lower environmental impact.
In addition to the environmental benefits, the construction of green homes such as HERS rated homes is having a positive impact on the U.S. economy. According to a study by Booz Allen Hamilton for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), construction of such homes is predicted to increase from $150.6 billion in 2015 to $224.4 billion in 2018. That translates into the generation of $303.4 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), support for 3.9 million jobs and $268.4 billion in labor earnings.
All of this means that when you choose a HERS rated home, not only are you doing something good for you and your family, but also benefitting the nation as a whole.