In the design phases of our projects, Wood Partners runs the energy calculations that are required by the energy codes and also for the green building programs we have in place. On average here in the Central Region we have been scoring a HERS Index Rating of about 75 which means we are about 25% more efficient than the standard home. To put this in perspective, a HERS Index Rating of 100 is standard. A HERS Index Rating of 85, which is the threshold of ENERGY STAR for New Homes is 15% better than the standard home that meets the basic code.
In this article, Barbra Murray of Multihousing News writes about a growing trend toward benchmarking to measure a building’s energy-saving performance.
William J. Greene III, LEED® AP BD+C