Energy Efficiency

HERS Rating

At Virginia Homes, “Big Differences, Better Homes” isn’t just a tagline. It’s the attitude behind how we build our homes. From the roof to the foundation, and everywhere in between, Virginia homes are different – and better! For example, our homes aren’t just energy-efficient, they’re HERS rated. 

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. HERS identifies the rated home’s energy performance compared to a home built only to code requirements.

    A standard, code-built home has an index of 100. Each point below 100 represents a 1% improvement in overall energy performance.

    For example, a home with a HERS index of 70 is 30% more efficient than a standard, code-built home. With a HERS score of 50, Virginia homes perform better – around 50% better – than a standard new home! And that translates into serious savings when it comes to your utility bills!

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    Compare HERS Scores

    • Virginia Homes — 50 avg. HERS score
    • Energy Starr Home — 85 avg. HERS score
    • Standard New Home Built to Code: 100 avg. HERS score
    • Existing Home - 130 avg. HERS score

      Compare Estimated Avg. Annual Utility Bill

      • Virginia Homes: $2,650/year
      • Energy Star Home: $3,100/year
      • Standard New Home Build To Code: $3,400/year
      • Existing Home: $4,400+/year
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