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HERS Ratings

We offers HERS Ratings (Home Energy Rating System Ratings) throughout the region. A Home Energy Rating is a requirement for many green building and energy efficient building standards, and is the nation's leading "miles-per-gallon" equivalent for homes.

A Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a process of administering diagnostic analysis to determine and produce data that provides a method of evaluation for a California State approved home energy efficiency ratings. This establishes a benchmark of a home's energy use and identifies necessary and/or best possible upgrades for homeowners.

In 2003 CalCERTS, Inc. was approved by the California Energy Commission to become a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Provider. The company's mission is to fill the growing need in the Energy Efficiency industry for a technically superior, yet customer-oriented HERS Provider. CalCERTS, Inc. is a private organization that provides service, support, training and certification to HERS raters.

HERS raters are independent contractors who are either independently operated or who sub-contract to larger energy rating firms. Raters charge their customers for site ratings and pay a fee to CalCERTS, Inc. for processing the ratings and issuing certification.

CalCERTS, Inc. has developed and owns its own software which is approved by the California Energy Commission and is utilized by the HERS rater to enter rating data. CalCERTS, Inc. maintains the computer based registry of data as a repository of information that can be accessed by the HERS rater, building departments, contractors and government agencies.  J R Construction-Sol Solutions, Inc. is fully certified with CalCERTS: License No.: 2005605.

It has the following certifications with CalCERTS:

  • Building Performance Contractor (BPC)
  • Residential Alterations Rater
  • Refrigerant Charge Analyst (RCA-1 & II) Rater
  • Newly Constructed Home Rater
  • Non-Residential (Commercial) Buildings Rater
  • Whole House HERS II Rater
  • HERS Quality Insulation Installation (QII)
  • HERS-PV (Solar) Rater
  • Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Rater 

J R Construction-Sol Solutions is among the first companies to be certified as a CalCERTS Building Performance Contractor (BPC) in the state of California (January 2012). This means that we are not only able to perform the Whole House Energy Performance Audit, but are also approved to perform the Home Performance Retrofit prescribed by the audit.

What is a HERS Rating?

A HERS Rating assigns a home a score on a scale from 0-150, with lower numbers representing less energy consumption (a HERS score of 0 represents a "zero energy home," which produces at least as much energy as it consumes), and higher numbers representing greater energy consumption. A standard new home would receive a score of around 100, and most existing homes fall somewhere between 100 and 150.

What are the Benefits of a HERS Rating?

A HERS Rating is a requirement for many green building and energy efficient building standards across the country, including ENERGY STAR for Homes. A HERS Rating is also a requirement for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) and/or an Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM). Further, it can be a great way for builders and realtors to set their homes apart in a crowded real estate market -- a good HERS score is an objective, measured representation of a home's energy efficiency. Much as miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency ratings for automobiles play an increasingly important role in car-buyers' decisions, a Home Energy Rating may soon play an equally important role in the homebuying process for homebuyers across the country.

For more information about HERS Ratings, or to schedule a free phone consultation today, contact us here!