Of all measures of quality, energy efficiency is one of the most telling. A home may look nice at first glance, but if the home builder didn’t put the time and energy into ensuring proper insulation, circulation, and more, then the consequences can mean higher energy costs for you and your family.
At Ambassador Homes, we spare no effort to make sure that our homes are the most energy efficient on the market. That’s why we are proud to have such a high rating on the HERS Index, one of the most respected, official measurements of a home’s energy efficiency. Using high quality building materials, with an attention to detail informed by our industry’s best practices, we are able to ensure that our homes are efficient, cost effective, and environmentally friendly places to live.
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard measurement for home energy efficiency. It is a nationally recognized, and highly respected, system for investigating and measuring a home’s energy performance.
All homes ranked under the HERS Index are investigated by Home Energy Raters, certified professionals who appraise a home’s energy efficiency, and tag it with a relative performance score. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home is.
A home that is considered ‘energy efficient’ according to the 2004/2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has a HERS Index Score of 100. This means homes with lower scores are more energy efficient, while those with higher scores are less efficient. According to the US Department of Energy, a typical home for resale averages a score of 130 on the HERS Index.
Unlike typical resale homes, however, we are proud to note that the average HERS rating for a Ambassador home is 60*! This high efficiency allows you and your family to save a good deal of money on energy costs, helping to offset the cost of your new home!
All scores lower than 100 represent significant energy efficiency, and even greater savings. If your new home has a rating of 60, for instance, you can save over $1100.00 a year on energy costs!
All Homewood Homes are highly competitive in their HERS ratings, and have a number of unique features that ensure cutting edge efficiency compared with the market average: