What is an Energy Rating?
An energy Rating is an energy efficiency delivery system,
designed to provide building owners and purchasers more home for less
An energy Rating provides a standardized evaluation of a home's energy efficiency
and expected energy use costs. The evaluation is conducted in accordance
with uniform standards and includes a detailed home energy use assessment,
conducted by a state-certified Rater, using an advanced set of nationally
accredited energy and economic analysis procedures and verified software
The full delivery system consists of the following:
- A state statute (Florida
Building Energy Efficiency Ratings Act) requiring the
Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to adopt, update
and maintain a uniform, statewide system for rating the energy
efficiency of buildings.
- A Florida Administrative Code rule (FAC
9B-60) implementing this state statute.
- National mortgage industry accreditation
and registration through the Residential Energy Services Network
(RESNET) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).
- A comprehensive set of software tools (ENERGYGAUGE®)
capable of complex energy, economic and financial analysis and reporting.
- A pool of State-certified Raters who
are trained, tested and evaluated on an on-going basis.
- A pool of Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) bankers,
who have agreed to participate in loan programs designed to promote building
energy efficiency in the mortgage market.
- A pool of state, federal, utility, and mortgage industry programs designed
to provide market incentives for improved building energy efficiency.
- A centralized administrative and customer support
office and "hotline" at (407) 638-1492.
- A centralized database Registry containing all Florida Ratings.