The award winners in the 2017 Residential Energy Services Network Cross Border Home Builder Challenge, which helps promote the utilization of the Home Energy Rating System Index, gave a Honeoye Falls home built by Garbacik Construction a Home Energy Rating System score of 22
The home received the rating without the use of renewable energy, according to Steve Baden, executive director of RESNET.
“With well over 1 million homes rated in the U.S., 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,” Baden said.
“The index is a number based on an assessment by a certified Home Energy Rater, in this case Rochester-based Airtight Services, who evaluates the energy efficiency of a home and assigns a relative performance score,” said Tad Garbacik, owner of Garbacik Construction. “The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. The energy efficiency score is based on variables such as exterior walls, floors, ceilings and roofs, windows and doors, vents and ductwork, HVAC systems, water heating system and your thermostat, among other elements.”
Most homes range from 100 to 130 a score of zero being a Net Zero Energy House, Garbacik said.
The home is the first passive house in western New York built by Garbacik Construction. The company received support on the project from the owner, Matt Bowers, a certified Passive House Consultant employed by Airtight; Matt Johnson, president of Airtight; William Grater, principal architect; Tim Burke, project architect; and Bill Labine, an independent certified Home Energy Rater who tested the energy efficiency of the home. Bowers said he estimates a $1,800 per year savings in utility bills to keep his home at a constant 72 degrees around the clock at a cost of about $150 per month.