Home Energy Information

Better Buildings Accelerator: Home Energy Information

The Home Energy Information Accelerator is a collaborative effort among national organizations, federal agencies, and regional, state, and local leaders in real estate and energy efficiency. Partners are working to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions. National partners work to overcome barriers to accessing and using reliable energy information, as well as provide data standards and technical assistance. Other partners have joined together to form local pilot areas; these groups are developing local strategies to create a sustainable pipeline of reliable energy information on local housing stock. They are also implementing a method for the automated and streamlined transfer of voluntary home energy information into the MLS for use by real estate professionals, including agents and appraisers.

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Fact Sheet

The Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator is designed to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions.

Presentations

Energy efficiency data can inform real estate transactions – including underwriting and appraisal, but each sector relies on its own sets of tools, data and specifications.
The Home Energy Information Better Buildings Accelerator aims to make energy data more accessible to home buyers, realtors and others.

Publications

This report provides examples of programs across the U.S. that are successfully engaging the real estate community and overcoming barriers to valuing energy efficiency in the home resale process. Based on research and interviews with efficiency program staff and real estate professionals, the paper recommends actions that efficiency real estate professionals can take to facilitate the availability and use of reliable energy information at point of sale.
Appraising a high performance home is a complex task that requires an understanding of the unique features these homes offer. In order to help appraisers face this challenge, the Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Practices Board adopted a Valuation Advisory that identifies areas where high-performance building features and market conditions impact the valuation assignment process, including scope of work, information gathering and analysis techniques.
Consumer demand for energy efficient homes that feature lower energy costs, greater comfort, and other benefits has been growing steadily during the past decade. The success of energy efficiency programs in markets across the country has contributed to a growing inventory of improved existing homes. Yet, a disconnect currently exists between the energy efficiency program implementers, the real estate community, and the homebuyer and seller. The Blueprint outlines steps energy efficiency programs can take to collaborate with the real estate community and help homebuyers and sellers understand the fair value of energy efficiency improvements.

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Partners

A-Z

Appraisal Institute
Build It Green
California Regional MLS
CoreLogic
Council of Multiple Listing Services
Earth Advantage
Elevate Energy
Enhabit
Green Button Alliance
Home Innovation Research Labs
Home Performance Coalition
Homes.com
Information and Real Estate Services, LLC
Institute for Market Transformation
Metropolitan Regional Information Systems
Midwest Real Estate Data
National Association of Realtors ® CRTLabs
National Association of State Energy Officials
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Oregon Department of Energy
Picketfence.com
Real Estate Standards Organization
Realtors Property Resource, LLC
Regional Multiple Listing Service
State of Colorado
State of Illinois
U.S. Green Building Council
Vermont Energy Investment Corp.

Location

California

Build It Green
California Regional MLS
CoreLogic
Green Button Alliance
Homes.com

Colorado

Information and Real Estate Services, LLC
State of Colorado

District Of Columbia

Institute for Market Transformation
U.S. Green Building Council

Illinois

Appraisal Institute
Elevate Energy
Midwest Real Estate Data
National Association of Realtors ® CRTLabs
Realtors Property Resource, LLC
State of Illinois

Maryland

Home Innovation Research Labs

Massachusetts

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

North Carolina

Council of Multiple Listing Services
Real Estate Standards Organization

Oregon

Earth Advantage
Enhabit
Oregon Department of Energy

Vermont

Vermont Energy Investment Corp.

Virginia

Home Performance Coalition
Metropolitan Regional Information Systems
National Association of State Energy Officials

Washington

Regional Multiple Listing Service