Ron Hughes, owner and president of HERS, Inc. ( http://www.hersinc.com ), resides in Little Rock. He is a certified HERS Energy Rater, RESNET certified Green Rater, NAHB Model Green Home Verifier, member of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). He was first certified as an energy auditor in 1981 by the State of Missouri. He has been a residential energy efficiency consultant since 1983 when on contract to the Arkansas Energy Office.
He is a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock, the US Green Building Council, the Arkansas Disability Coalition, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the Rural Rental Housing Association. Ron has held a Class B HVACR license in Arkansas.
HERS is an acronym for home energy rating systems. Much like miles-per-gallon stickers on cars, HERS programs are designed to rate the relative energy efficiency of houses and provide information on the performance and operating costs of homes based on analysis and testing. In addition, such programs can provide improvement recommendations along with their potential savings.
Ron has been involved in developing, implementing and managing HERS programs since 1987 as Director of Energy Rated Homes of Arkansas, a nonprofit organization funded by the Arkansas Energy Office to promote energy efficiency. He was later president of Energy Rated Homes of America (ERHA) and was instrumental in establishing HERS programs in numerous states and helping ERHA grow to be the most widely used rating system for both new and existing homes in the country. The goal was a national, uniform rating system for homes.
Over time ERHA evolved into the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), a 501(c)3 organization who’s mission is “to ensure the success of the building energy performance certification industry, set the standards of quality, and increase the opportunity for ownership of high performance buildings.”
“It’s OK to look back, but don’’t stare.”