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HERS Rating System

Categories: Energy Efficiency, Uncategorized | Posted: June 29, 2017

When purchasing a new home in Augusta, Georgia it’s easy to get caught up in the things that you can see.  While the fit and feel of the home is important to your enjoyment of the home, the real quality of the home is in how it’s built.  Determining how it’s built is difficult unless you’ve been trained in construction and you’ve watched the entire process.  That is why at Ivey Residential we use a third party verification system to make sure that certain systems of the home are constructed to the highest standards and then these systems are scored based on national criteria. Think of it like the equivalent to the MPG on your car.

The scoring system is called HERS, Home Energy Rating System.  It identifies the home’s energy performance compared to new homes and older homes.  The lower the score the more energy efficient the home.  A typical new home built to 2004 energy codes has a score of 100.  A typical existing home has a score of 130. An energy efficient home has score in the mid-80’s.  Ivey Residential builds all of our homes to the rigorous Energy Star 3.0 standards and we have an average HERS score around 70.  This makes us 15% more energy efficient than a standard energy efficient home, 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home, and 60% more energy efficient than an older used home.

On all Ivey homes look for the Energy Performance Guide (EPG) and compare our homes to our competition.  For more information on how we build our homes, visit our website and look for the iveyWise™ button.  We also have dedicated rooms in our model homes showcasing what we do behind the walls.

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC, with home pricing ranging from the low $100,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

Caroline Ashe

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