Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

September 08, 2014 10:00 ET

RESNET 2015 Cross Border Challenge Announced

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - On August 5th, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and its Canadian counterpart, the Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET) announced the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge. The Challenge is a friendly competition that pits American and Canadian homebuilders against one another to see who are building the most energy efficient homes.

"The 2014 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge was such a huge success in promoting the utilization of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) Index and energy efficient home building in the US and Canada that we decided to make the program an annual RESNET-CRESNET event," declared RESNET's Executive Director, Steve Baden. Last year's winners included notable industry names such as KB Home, Brookfield Residential, Cobblestone Homes and Hunt Homes.

The 2015 Challenge will offer a total of seven builder awards, of which five are based on homes with the lowest HERS Index Score in their category. "Once again, the RESNET Cross Border Challenge will be a friendly competition between American and Canadian Home Builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build," observed CRESNET President John Godden. Sponsors of the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge include RenewABILITY Energy Inc. (makers of the Power-Pipe® drain water heat recovery device) and insulation company ICYNENE® (producers of spray foam insulation products for both residential and commercial use).

The specific award categories for 2015 will be:

  1. Lowest HERS Score American Production Builder (>50 homes HERS rated per year)
  2. Lowest HERS Score American Custom Builder (<50 homes HERS rated per year)
  3. Lowest HERS Score Canadian Production Builder (>50 homes HERS rated per year)
  4. Lowest HERS Score Canadian Custom Builder (<50 homes HERS rated per year)
  5. Lowest HERS Score (open to all builders and includes PV - solar photovoltaic energy)
  6. * The US Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes HERS rated <55
  7. * The Canadian Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes HERS rated <55

* The U.S. RESNET award includes HERS scores with PV. The CRESNET Project Future Proof Canadian award does not include HERS scores with PV.

The awards will be presented at the 2015 RESNET Conference in San Diego, California.

Baden further noted that, "with well over 1 million homes rated in the US, the HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is now being measured in the U.S. and Canada. It's also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. The Index is based on an assessment by a certified Home Energy Rater who evaluates the energy efficiency of a home and assigns it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. The energy efficiency score is based on variables such as exterior walls (both above and below grade), floors over unconditioned spaces, ceilings and roofs, windows and doors, vents and ductwork, HVAC systems, water heating system, and your thermostat, among other elements."

When asked about which builders may be entering the 2015 Challenge, CRESNET's Godden responded, "As in 2014, we are expecting some of the largest, and most respected, U.S. and Canadian builders to participate in the 2015 competition." Builders interested in entering the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge can find more information here.

About CRESNET

The Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET) is a Canadian national, non-profit corporation that was formed in March 2007. After entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RESNET, CRESNET was given the exclusive right in Canada to use and adapt all the standards of RESNET.

About RESNET

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET's industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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