What is the Home Energy Rating System

Home Energy Rating System

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index while a standard new home is awarded a rating of 100.

  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 130 is 30% less energy efficient than a standard new home

However, in many municipalities a HERS Index Score of less than 50 is now required to meet 2017 regulations.

What does this mean to the homeowner? Foam insulation is the key. Have more questions, ask a builder...

New HERS Index Kills Traditional Insulation

image015The market attraction of builders using the RESNET HERS Index to easily explain to homebuyers the energy performance is growing dramatically. Yet the cost to meet these specifications is often greatly underestimated and hard to recoup.

Many town’s in New York have to meet the new energy code which requires that any new single-family dwelling, multiple-family dwelling, Planned Retirement Community (PRC) or Planned Retirement Congregate Housing Community (PRCHC) in buildings containing four units or less, not more than three stories in height must be built to achieve a HERS Index of 70 or less as verified by the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) promulgated by the Residential Energy Service Network (RESNET).

IECCThis value fluctuates depending on how strict the code enforcement is in the municipality. In reality, many districts require a HERS Index of less than 50. This means that traditional fiberglass insulation methods are out. In are new, spray foam methods, which can cost up to 4x more and are extremely hazardous to install, requiring special masks, clothing and a vacated property.

Spray foam insulation best for panelized construction

There is no better home insulating material that can seal your home from air and moisture intrusion, save on costly utility bills, strengthen your home, and protect your family’s health from dangerous mold, airborne pollutants, and allergens than Spray Foam insulation.

The Department of Energy’s website states that homeowners lose 40% of their home’s energy from air leakage and air infiltration.  To meet today’s need for greater energy efficiency, Arcanna Homes has partnered with the most reliable Spray Foam insulation contractors and incorporate this superior technology in all their panelized new homes.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

  • Stops air and moisture infiltration
  • Makes your home more comfortable
  • Saves on energy costs
  • Adds strength to the building structure
  • It is permanent and will not sag
  • Keeps dust and pollen out
  • Reduces capacity requirements, maintenance and wear of HVAC equipment
  • Never breaks down over time
  • Reduces noise by 75-80%
  • Prevents mold from occurring
  • Has a manufactures life time guarantee
  • Reduces your energy bill by 50%

 

Spray foam insulation is like a warm windbreaker jacket — it stops the cold air from passing through. Fiberglass and cellulose insulation are like a wool sweater – if there’s any breeze, it doesn’t keep you warm. Even if they’re very thick to give an extremely high R-value, they’ll still let air leak out of your home and increase your energy bill.
Spray foam insulation is a modern material that’s been used for over 25 years. Fiberglass is an old technology, and cellulose little more than shredded newspaper. So modern types of insulation are becoming more popular.
Spray foam insulation expands up to 100 times to fill gaps — ensuring maximum insulation. Fiberglass and cellulose are extremely difficult to install perfectly — the spaces that are left add up to the size of a basketball in the average home — leaking enough air to fill two blimps each day!
Many open cell spray foam (such as Demilec Sealection  500) drains water rather than holding it, and most closed cell spray foam doesn’t let it in at all. Cellulose is made from shredded newspaper, and drinks up water. Fiberglass batts and cellulose don’t repel water — the water stays in place and may damage your home as well as contribute to mold.
Spray foam stays in place – it doesn’t settle or sag, vertically or horizontally. It moves with the house as it settles andis completely solid when it sets, doesn’t produce any dust, and doesn’t let dust or other pollutants pass through Fiberglass and cellulose settle and sag over time, leaving gaps that compromise insulation. Fiberglass and cellulose can be dusty and allow dust and other pollutants to enter the building.

Solar Energy a boon to new home construction

Powering your home with solar energy lowers your electricity costs and helps the environment.  With Federal, State and Local governments and utilities offering generous financial incentives up to 70% it is now more accessible and affordable than ever.

By partnering with the most reliable, up-to-date technology provider, Arcanna Homes can offer the most efficient and easily expandable solar system with greater design flexibility in panel placement.

For quotes on installing solar energy heating and cooling systems on your new home construction, contact us.

Solar Energy Doesn’t Have to be Ugly

U.S. scientists say that emerging photovoltaic technologies will enable the production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements rather than rare-earth metals, an innovation that would make solar energy cheaper and more sustainable.
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San Antonio Family First In Texas With Dow Powerhouse Solar Roof

The Ross’ family-owned business, Ross Electric Co., was chosen to connect Powerhouse below the rooftop. The family was able to see the installation hands-on, and decided to be one of the first in the country to install this total residential roofing solution that not only protects like a standard asphalt roof but also generates solar electricity, turning the roof into a source of value and savings. Said Ross: “I am proud to invest in my home with such an innovative and good-looking product. I expect that my Powerhouse roof will reduce my utility bills by about 40 percent and will increase my home value overall.”
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Newswise — PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21, 2012 — With enough sunlight falling on home roofs to supply at least half of America’s electricity, scientists today described advances toward the less-expensive solar energy technology needed to roof many of those homes with shingles that generate electricity.

James C. Stevens, Ph.D., helped develop Dow’s PowerHouse Solar Shingle, introduced in October 2011, which generates electricity and nevertheless can be installed like traditional roofing. The shingles use copper indium gallium diselenide photovoltaic technology. His team now is eyeing incorporation of sustainable earth-abundant materials into PowerHouse shingles, making them more widely available.

“The United States alone has about 69 billion square feet of appropriate residential rooftops that could be generating electricity from the sun,” Stevens said. “The sunlight falling on those roofs could generate at least 50 percent of the nation’s electricity, and some estimates put that number closer to 100 percent. With earth-abundant technology, that energy could be harvested, at an enormous benefit to consumers and the environment.”
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“The solar tiles can generate a potential 500 watts per 100 square feet, and they’re basically ready to go from the day they’re installed.”

Learn how solar energy is revolutionizing how we power our homes.

Arcanna Homes builds ENERGY STAR Certified Houses

Energy Star certifiedArcanna Homes is now ENERGY STAR certified

ENERGY STAR. It’s the little label with the big message: Better is Better.

 Arcanna Homes, Inc. is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today.  It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability.  It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ENERGY STAR certified homes are better because they are designed and built to provide homeowners:

Peace of Mind. The result of a home that’s built better.

With the ENERGY STAR label on your new home, you can be confident that it will deliver.  When ENERGY STAR requirements are applied to new home construction, an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices adds up to a durable, comfortable home with reduced utility and maintenance costs. Our ENERGY STAR certified homes have undergone more inspections and testing than typical homes to ensure that your new home was built to higher standards.

Enduring Quality. Better systems make all the difference.

Purchasing a new home is a big investment, so it’s important to be sure that it’s built to last. We’ve designed all of our new ENERGY STAR certified homes to include value-adding energy efficiency features, and a combination of materials and equipment that will deliver better performance.

ENERGY STAR certified new homes include features like:

  • A complete Thermal Enclosure System that includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows, to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.
  • A high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System that is designed and installed for optimal performance.
  • A comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.
  • Energy-efficient Lighting and Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.

Wall-to-Wall Comfort. A better way to live. 

Ask anyone who lives in an ENERGY STAR certified home to go back to their old home. You’ll likely hear that there’s no way they’ll give up the comfort that came with the ENERGY STAR label on their new home. From the moment you walk in the door of an ENERGY STAR certified home, you’ll see, feel, and hear the difference.

Proven Value. A better investment for today and tomorrow.

ENERGY STAR certified new homes offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes, making them a better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.

For more information on our ENERGY STAR certified new homes, contact us.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/newhomes.