PHRC Webinars

HERS Ratings in PA: Why, What, and How?

11/8/2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Mike Turns (PSD)


Link to Webinar:


Nearly a quarter of all homes built in Pennsylvania receive HERS Ratings and the number is growing each year. Many builders say they build energy efficient homes, but with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) a builder can prove it. A skilled energy professional performs software analysis, insulation and air barrier inspections, and blower door and duct leakage testing that combine to yield a HERS Index score. This score gives homebuyers critical information about a home’s energy performance that’s easy to understand. At the same time, builders receive expert consulting and quality assurance services from a certified HERS Rater, and may even be eligible for utility rebates.

Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to describe the HERS Index and its benefits, including marketing, quantification of the costs of homeownership, and the application of a clear metric to home performance.
  2. Understand services provided by HERS Raters, including performance testing of building systems, in order to better implement high performance residential features.
  3. Be able to locate a certified HERS Rater in specific areas throughout PA.
  4. Understand how to utilize HERS Ratings in PA to qualify for utility rebates to help to reduce overall project costs.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours

1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

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