The ongoing recovery of the housing market in most areas of the United States helped lift the tide for high performance homes, as homebuyers come to value the overall cost of ownership of a home.
Growing acceptance of high performance homes continues to drive homebuilders to provide extra value in the their homes, and consumers are becoming more diligent about managing the environmental impact of their lifestyles.
Here’s a look back at some of the top trends driving the high performance home market for 2015.
High performance homes go mainstream
Over half of homebuilders expect to be doing 60 percent or more of their new homes green by 2020, according to a 2015 Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket Report. During the prolonged housing downturn, green homes provided support to the ailing residential market and now promise to be an important element of the recovering market as well.
Not all builders pursue certifications such as LEED for Homes, Energy Star or Passive House, but homeowners are coming to recognize that a home with lower energy and water consumption represents a better value over the long term.
More homes are being rated with the HERS Index by a RESNet-certified home rater, which is typically part of a green home rating system such as Energy Star or Zero Energy Ready programs from the U.S. Department Energy.
According to the DOE, by 2013, nearly 220,000 homes were rated with an average HERS Index Score of 64. Assuming a basic bell distribution curve, that means upwards of a 100,000 homes last year achieved HERS Index Scores on or the Zero Energy Ready performance threshold from low to high 50’s, said Sam Rashkin, chief architect, Building Technologies Office for the Department of Energy.
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