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A home energy rating (often called a HERS rating) is an official analysis of a home's energy performance that includes the following:

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A complete and accurate analysis of home performance should include diagnostic and performance testing. Performance testing gives you a number that you can use to see how one house compares to others or to some program criterion. For example, a performance test indicates that the duct

The green home built by Allison Bailes, 2001-03

From 2001 to 2003, I put in countless hours designing and building a green home in Carrollton, Georgia. It's a beautiful house and one of the best high performance homes in the Southeast. It's got very little infiltration (1.7 ACH50) and no duct leakage.

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