NOW providing Portland Home Energy Scores and Energy Audits!
The City of Portland Home Energy Score ordinance took effect on January 1, 2018, requiring sellers of single-family homes to disclose a City of Portland Home Energy Report and Score at time of listing their home .
Portland Home Energy Scores
The Portland Home Energy Score is a cost effective way to measure the energy efficiency of a home based on an onsite evaluation of the physical characteristics of the house. A home energy score is not a measurement of the household’s actual energy usage.
If your city of Portland home energy score is a 5, it is expected to perform comparably to an average Portland home energy audit. If you score a 10, it ranks among the 10 percent of homes in Portland it is expected to use the least amount of energy. A score of a 1 is estimated to consume more home energy each year than 85 percent of homes in Portland Oregon.
A Portland Home Energy Score of a 1 does not mean your home is poorly built. A beautiful home with up-to-date equipment can still get a low score if the square footage is high or if there is insufficient insulation. A low home energy score just means there is significant room for improvement to reduce usage. A home energy score of a 10 does not mean your home cannot improve. Even a home that uses less energy than most of its peers may benefit from additional energy efficiency or renewable energy investments.
The City of Portland has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy to use the Home Energy Scores model and software as the official scoring system for the City of Portland.
The Portland Home Energy Score helps consumers know what to expect from their utility bills when buying or selling a home in a very cost effective way.
The city of Portland, Oregon, unanimously approved a new Portland Home energy score policy requiring single-family homes for sale to be energy scored at time of sale.
Similar to a car’s miles-per-gallon rating, the Home Energy Audit provides homeowners with valuable information about their home’s performance, while also recommending improvement projects for energy improvement that can save home energy and lower utility bills. When incorporated into real estate transactions, a Home energy audit allows prospective home buyers and home sellers to better understand the true cost of owning a particular home, allowing them to compare the expected energy costs of different homes and affording them a measure of protection when making one of the biggest financial investments of their life.
Portland is the second city to approve a local ordinance requiring home energy scores and home energy audits at time of sale, joining Berkeley, California, which passed its Building Savings Ordinance back in 2015.
Unlike Berkeley’s ordinance, which provides a buffer of up to 12 months after sale to get the home scored, Portland’s Home Energy Score policy requires all sellers to obtain a home energy audit by an authorized Portland home energy score assessor —which includes a Home Energy Score report—prior to listing. Sellers must include the Home Energy Score and the accompanying report in any real estate listings, and must also provide a copy of the home energy audit to prospective buyers who visit the home while it is on the market. The policy was effective January 1, 2018.
The Portland Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) is providing statewide leadership in this area, having already established standards for portland home energy scores through a state rulemaking process.
The City of Portland will look to these statewide standards to help define its local ordinance requirements. The Home Energy Audit Department has worked closely with ODOE over the past two years, first as part of its stakeholder panel for home energy performance scores, and more recently through DOE’s Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator. As an Accelerator Partner, ODOE is working with local energy efficiency programs and multiple listing services to make Home Energy Score and other home energy data readily available during real estate transactions.
During 2016, the number of homes rated using the Energy Department’s Home Energy Scoring Tool nearly doubled, surpassing 50,000 homes scored since program launch. This accomplishment was made possible by the hard work of over 420 Home Energy Score Assessors and 28 Partner organizations, including several utilities and the state energy offices of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont, all of which have launched—or are currently developing—their own statewide energy scoring initiatives.
How to show the Portland Home Energy Score
The Home Energy Report should be easily available and accessible to any prospective buyer. What does this mean? It should be included in any listing or advertising. If you are working with a real-estate professional, ask for their help. They know what to do.
For sale by owner? Include your energy scores in any online postings, If an upload is possible, include the full report. If not, include a link to the report on the Green Building Registry.
In either case, place hard copy print outs of your report in a location in the house where buyers will see it. Consider the kitchen counter or dining room table.
What happens during a Home Energy Audit ?
The Home Energy Audit is conducted by an authorized Home Energy Assessor and takes about an hour to complete. More than seventy pieces of home information are collected during an energy assessment. Information about a home’s envelope (foundation, insulation, walls, windows) as well as its heating, cooling and hot water systems will be entered into energy modeling software.
Information about how residents operate the house and non-permanent house features like lighting, home electronics and appliances are not included in the Home Energy Score calculation. Home energy scoring assumes standard operating conditions in order to allow homes to be compared on an apples-to-apples basis, independent of occupant behavior.
As soon as the data points are entered into the software, the Home Energy Score and Report will be available immediately at the Green Building Registry.
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