h.a.Fisher Homes is RESNET Certified
Each h.a.Fisher Home is rated and certified through the RI Residential New Construction Program sponsored by National Grid. This ensures that the home performs at a certain level of energy efficiency that is above an established baseline or code level. At our option within this program, we commit to a level that is at least 25% better than the baseline. In addition to energy efficiency, the certification also helps the home to have lower operating costs, durability, comfort, and safety.
In Every h.a. Fisher Home…
Through independent verification, the following major aspects are included in your new h.a.Fisher Home:
Quality & Performance Inspections
HERS certification (Home Energy Rating System) is a system rates homes on a scale of 100 to 0, where 100 is a code built home and 0 is a zero net energy home. Typical HERS ratings for h.a.Fisher Homes have been between 62 and 69.
HERS certifications require modeling the home on energy software, at least two site visits during construction, compliance with construction standards, and testing at completion.
- Attention to insulation installation quality, to ensure the insulation is doing the job it is meant to, and to avoid accidental air pockets which could cause “cold spots”.
- Attention to air sealing to ensure that the insulation is fully aligned with the air barriers. As much heat is lost through air leakage as through wall and ceiling assemblies, so by making the house tight there can be a higher level of control. Much like the combined benefit of wearing a windbreaker over a sweater, the insulation will perform better when there is no air flow through the fibers.
- Compliance with a 32- point Thermal Enclosure Checklist which addresses air sealing during construction.
- Follow up to air sealing inspections is done by blower door testing to determine the tightness of the home; each home must pass this test.
Another major way that expensively heated and cooled air is lost is through the duct system that is “outside the shell” (in attics and basements), so the ductwork is fully sealed and then tested, each home must pass the test.
Because a home must be tight for energy efficiency, it must then also have the correct amount of ventilation to ensure good indoor air quality. Each home has a special quiet bath fan that is programmed to run a portion of the day, and is independently tested and set.
In a Net Zero Ready h.a.Fisher Home…
All of these features are included plus more! From its inception, h.a. Fisher Homes has been committed to building innovative, energy-efficient and beautiful homes for clients throughout Rhode Island. Net Zero Energy Ready homes are the latest step on that journey to producing some of the healthiest, highest quality and efficient homes available in the state. Discover a Net Zero Energy Ready Home for yourself at Wynfield Place.
What is a Net Zero Energy Ready home?
The US Department of Energy defines it as a “high-performance home so energy efficient that all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy”.
A Net Zero Energy Ready home is designed to the same standards – but lets the homeowner add solar power at a time they choose. Truly, it is the home of the future. Explore the Zero Experience for yourself!
The Net Zero Difference
According to US DOE, every Net Zero Energy Ready Home “provides $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage; takes comfy and cozy to whole new level; breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; includes the peace-of-mind that comes from complete top-to-bottom water protection; works and lasts better with ENERGY STAR® products throughout the home; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and is future ready with construction that meets and exceeds future codes.”
Each Net Zero Energy Ready home must comply with six DOE categories:
Every Net Zero Energy Ready Home automatically complies with (& often exceeds) standards of both DOE Energy Star for Homes and the EPA’s indoor airPlus program.
Why Build a Net Zero Energy Ready home?
Is it really that much better? See for yourself.