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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 money.

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 tools. 

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.