I did an inspection of a house today and seen a five rating for the efficiency of the house. What a joke. My infrared showed the the receptacle covers and switch covers were colder than the wall; access hatch not insulated (did have weather stripping); the heating duct joints not taped and gaps at the take offs; mid-efficiency furnace; standard 50 gallon water heater; no sealed holes where pipes went from the basement to the first floor,:shock: and a standard amount of insulation in attic (R30 is the minimal requirement here in Indiana).
I only know a little about HERS from our monthly meetings but this house looked no different than other houses I have inspected, yet they scored a 78 and qualified for some tax credits.
Unless you guys can tell me different, I think this 5 star rating is a joke.