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History of HERS

California is pioneering the way in efficiency standards. Established in 1974, the California Energy Commission (CEC) aims to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and waste. Residential and Commercial Real Estate has been a serious source of excess waste, in the past. The CEC has begun to tackle this issue with codes regulating building materials, building systems, and building equipment. Building codes that regulate energy efficiency fall under Title 24, Section 6 in the CEC guidelines. Thusly, the Home Energy Rating System was created to verify compliance with these codes, commonly known as Title 24. HERS Raters are trained to know these guidelines in and out. Though, this requires constant continuing education because codes are updated every three years.

A HERS Rater is licensed to measure the energy efficiency of features and systems of buildings in precise, mathematical detail. They are trained on how to collect data on every aspect of the house including HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning), plumbing, insulation, windows, and more. Using complex equations, they translate their findings into energy reports. These reports confirm that the building is within energy efficiency code standards. These standards are outlined on the CEC website directly. They provide can also structures with an energy efficiency scoring, using the HERS Index. It is a universally agreed-upon set of standards for measuring and labeling the efficiency of buildings. That way, purchasers and owners know the value of what they are getting. 

The energy efficiency of buildings is important because it attributes to a large source of waste economically and environmentally. When efficiency is kept in mind, building systems are designed to work smarter not harder. As a result, residents’ energy bills have decreased, the economy has improved, and the state of California has saved billions of dollars annually. Furthermore, building systems are more resilient and likely to last longer. Homeowners and builders benefit alike.

BarrierEnergy’s HERS Raters

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is used to test and enforce energy code standards set by the California Energy Commission. HERS Raters perform state compliance inspections on residential and commercial buildings, as outlined in Title 24, Section 6. These codes apply to the efficiency standards of new and altered Real Estate, both residential and commercial. It’s mandatory for builders to follow these codes in order to get a Certificate of Occupancy.

Our experts at BarrierEnergy are licensed to perform HERS building inspections in the state of California. HERS Raters are trained to spot sources of energy waste within a building, and then consult you on how to resolve those issues. We are here to guide you through your construction project or home upgrades by handling all of your Title 24 needs, seamlessly. With our help, your project will not get held up because of energy compliance codes. You can learn about the newest code updates in our blog post: California Energy Commission 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Or, see a comprehensive list of our services here.




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