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What is a LEED AP?

A LEED AP is someone who has substantial knowledge of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a Green Building certification program that is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. The program is meant to improve energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and other methods that will help the environment and reduce energy and water costs.

What is the U.S. Green Building Council?

The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization committed to a sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. The U.S. Green Building prepares green building standards—the LEED standards, certifies that building projects are constructed in accordance with LEED standards, accredits LEED AP professionals, and promotes sustainability,

What is a RESNET certified Energy/HERS Rater?

A RESNET certified Energy Rater inspects a home from an energy conservation standpoint, gathering information for energy modeling. The completion of an energy
model results in a HERS number. A HERS number rates the home, relative to other homes for energy efficiency. The preparation of the HERS number is done in accordance with RESNET standards.

What is RESNET?

RESNET stands for Residential Energy Services Network. RESNET is a not for profit organization, founded in 1995, to develop home energy rating systems, and energy efficient mortgages. RESNET develops standards that have been implemented by the Energy Star program, the Building America Program, and the mortgage industry. RESNET also regulates the HERS scoring program.

What is the HERS index and score?

A HERS index is a scoring system established by RESNET. The HERS index is tied to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); a home that meets the minimum requirements of the IECC scores 100 on the HERS scale. A net-zero energy home scores a zero on the HERS scale. The more energy-efficient that the home is built, the lower the HERS number. Each 1-point decrease in the HERS index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption.

What is BPI?

BPI stands for the Building Performance Institute. The BPI organization develops energy-efficiency and safety standards for homes and gives credentials to energy
auditors.

What is a BPI certified Energy Auditor?

A BPI certified Energy Auditor Rater inspects a home from an energy conservation standpoint, gathering information to help homeowners make their home more
comfortable, healthful, and energy efficient.

What is an Energy Audit?

An energy audit is an evaluation of an existing home and determination of how and where energy is being lost. The audit looks at the efficiency of all of the systems and the types of cost-effective improvements that can be implemented.

What are the benefits of an energy audit?

If a home is improved in accordance with the recommendations of an energy audit, a homeowner can reduce the amount of energy consumed, and thereby, reduce their energy bill. Occupant comfort can be increased when drafts are eliminated. The value of a home can also increase as a result of energy efficiency improvements.

What types of tax credits are available?

Federal tax credits that award Energy Efficiency are available for the tax year 2011. The tax credit is 10% of the cost up to $500 on certain items or specific amounts, ranging from $50-$300 on certain items.

More information is available at the Energy Star website.

What types of energy related rebates are available?

Under the Recharge Colorado Program at the Governor’s Energy Office, the following rebates are offered:

Item Rebate Amount
Gas-fired condensingFurnaces
Gas-fired boilers—AFUE: 85+

Gas-fired Storage Water Heaters—EF: .67+

$500$400

$200

  If Local Government orUtility pays rebate of: then GOE RebateAmount is:
Insulation and Air Sealing 0-25% of job cost26-50% of job cost

51-70% of job cost

71% or greater of job cost

40% of job cost, $600 max.20% of job cost, $300 max.

10% of job cost, $150 max.

No GEO rebate

Duct SealingRefrigerators (12 cubic feet, min.) 40% of the cost, $150 maximumup to $100
Energy Audits Cost of AuditLess than $75

$76-$124

$125-$184

$185-$239

Greater than $240

GEO Rebate $0

$25

$50

$75

$100

More information is available at the Recharge Colorado website.