News Analysis

Use of Home Energy Rating Index Grows

The HERS Index, an energy rating system based on a straightforward scale that puts a net-zero home at zero and a basic code-built home at 100, has been adopted by a variety of programs that evaluate the environmental performance of homes.

While the LEED for Homes rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council has garnered a lot of attention since its 2007 launch (see

EBN Vol. 16, No. 12), a less complex and comprehensive rating system, the HERS Index, has quietly been applied to hundreds of thousands of homes and is referenced by a growing number of programs.

Published May 29, 2008

Roberts, T. (2008, May 29). Use of Home Energy Rating Index Grows. Retrieved from