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D.B. Homes, Inc. Receives 5 Star Plus Rating for Energy Efficiency in New Home Built

D.B. Homes, Inc. has recently completed their second spec home in Richland Township and are proud to announce that the home has received a 5 Star Plus rating for energy efficiency. The two-story home received a HERS rating of 67 percent, making it 33% more energy efficient than a standard built home, according to the Department of Energy’s guidelines.

A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. A qualified inspector comes into the house and inspects the home and measures energy characteristics such as: insulation levels, window efficiency, wall-to-wall ratios, the heating and cooling system efficiency, the solar orientation of the home, and the water heating system.

This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index. The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home’s HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home.

Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the HERS Reference Home. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient.

The data gathered by the home energy rater is entered into a computer program and translated into points. The home receives a point score between 1 and 100, depending on its relative efficiency. An estimate of the home’s energy costs is also provided. The home’s energy efficiency is then equated to a STAR rating ranging from 1 STAR for a very inefficient home to a 5 STAR Plus for a highly efficient home. Along with the rating sheet, homeowners receive a report listing cost-effective options for improving the home’s energy rating.

The two-story spec home that D.B. Homes has completed is located on Berkshire Drive in Johnstown. The new home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, family room with a fireplace, living room, kitchen and a sitting area on the second floor and much more! The home is minutes away from shopping, recreation and businesses and is located in the Richland School District. The home is for sale through Remax and is open for tours. If interested, please contact them at 1-814-262-SOLD.

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