The Minnesota Energy Resources (MER) Home Energy Excellence Program provides support to builders who are committed to improving the energy efficiency of the homes they construct for MER gas customers. RSR began collaboration with MER in 2011 with a goal to improve the nationally recognized Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) rating by at least 8%.
RSR and its certified rater staff support MER builders with building science consulting. At no cost to the builder, RSR will review the home’s plans with recommendations for energy improvements. Perform three on-site inspections at each enrolled house, and providing a HERS score that compares the MER builder home with a typical new home in the same area.
If the HERS rating of the as-built home exceeds energy code by at least 20%, the builder will be eligible for the Home Energy Excellence certification and a rebate. Additional incentives are available for homes exclusively constructed for low income, Habitat for Humanity, or homes built by eligible Human Resources Administration /Community Development Association (HRA/CDA’s).