As the HERS rating becomes more understood and accepted as a benchmark for energy efficiency, it will no doubt be more widely used to inform homeowners about the quality and performance of their homes. Kennecott Land became the first land developer to commit to having all homes built in its Salt Lake City development to be energy rated and also requires the participating builders to market the homes' HERS Index. The commitment is included in a Memorandum of Understanding that Kennecott Land entered into with RESNET. This is a first of its kind commitment for RESNET in that it is with a land development company.
“This is an exciting opportunity for other land development companies interested in pursuing a sustainable community development. I laude Kennecott Land for its leadership,” says RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden
Kennecott Land was established by Kennecott Utah Copper to develop its non-mining land in a way that creates enduring and sustainable communities. The company is requiring that builders building homes in its Daybreak community must build high energy performance homes.