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 Using HERS Ratings


  • Determine the relative energy efficiency of a residence when purchasing a home.
  • Make educated decisions when investing in cost-effective energy improvements to the home.
  • Add the cost of making the energy improvements to the mortgage loan through an energy improvement mortgage.


  • Market the energy efficient features of a home.
  • Third party verification for HERS certification.
  • Qualify more potential home buyers for the home.
  •  Finance the energy efficient features exceeding code through the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage Program.


  • Present information on the energy efficiency of a home in non-technical and easily understandable terms.
  •  Market the energy efficient features of the homes they are selling.
  •  Identify energy efficient homes on the market for their clients through the Multiple Listing Service.
  • Mitigate the lower selling price of inefficient, existing homes through energy improvement mortgages.



Energy Upgrade California

Energy Upgrade California is an unprecedented alliance among municipalities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and utility companies to continue California's efforts toward greater energy efficiency. Among the goals of this statewide effort is to serve as the central resource for consumers and contractors to learn about all energy efficiency upgrade programs.



New Construction and...

 Verification Requirements - Why you need a HERS rater


HERS raters  provide the verification for new state and local requirements. The rater is the certified third party inspector who performs the third party field verification and diagnostic testing and fills out the CF-4R Certificate of Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing.  The rater is hired by the builder. The rater processes the CF-4R information through the CalCERTS, Inc Registry located on the CalCERTS website.



The general contractor is ultimately responsible for compliance to all of the building codes, including the energy codes. The builder hires the energy consultant to prepare the compliance documentation and make recommendations on what features will be required to meet compliance. They hire the HVAC and insulation subcontractors to install some of the required measures. They hire the rater to perform the third party field verification and diagnostic testing on the home(s) built. The builder hires the rater directly, making sure there are no conflicts of interest so the rater is truly a "third party" rater.

Energy Consultant

'EnergyHomeService" prepares the compliance documentation and makes recommendations on what feature(s) will be required to meet compliance. Working with the builder, the energy consultant ultimately determines and recommends to the builder whether a HERS rater is required.

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