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Home Energy Information - Completed

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The Home Energy Information Accelerator was a collaborative effort among national organizations, federal agencies, and regional, state, and local leaders in real estate and energy efficiency working to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions. Accelerator partners developed and demonstrated replicable, sustainable approaches that make energy-related information – useful data that is often missing from the home buying process – easily available to home buyers and sellers through multiple listing services (MLS) and other reports.

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Better Buildings hosts interactive webinars featuring a variety of topics exploring cost-effective ways for organizations to integrate energy savings into their daily building operations. All Better Buildings webinars are free to attend.

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A blog profiling Better Buildings partners as well as the ins and outs of energy savings projects.

Other Resources

Case Study

Build It Green: Bringing Energy Efficiency Knowledge to the Real Estate Market in a BIG Way Case Study

Non-profit organization Build It Green (BIG) partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to deliver its Green Designation trainings free to Southern California real estate professionals to educate them on sustainability issues and they relate to real estate. Since 2014, BIG has certified 745 real estate professionals under the NAR Green Designation.

Fact Sheet

Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator Fact Sheet 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.

Presentation

Making Home Energy Data Accessible in the Real Estate Market – Better Buildings Accelerator 2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation

The Home Energy Information Better Buildings Accelerator aims to make energy data more accessible to home buyers, realtors and others.

On the Horizon: Making Home Energy Data Meaningful Beyond the MLS 2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation

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.

Labels, Certifications, and Scores, Oh My! Following the Road to Green Real Estate 2017 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation

Learn about how the Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator has expanded access to verified energy information through standardized data procedures and educational materials to help you pave your own path to green real estate.

Who's Keeping Score? Using Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Home Energy Score Together 2017 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation

Learn how Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Home Energy Score partners are communicating the value of their programs in the real estate market.

Report

Valuation of Green and High-Performance Property: One- to Four-Unit Residential Report

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.

Unlocking the Value of a Energy Efficient Home Report

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.

Capturing Energy Efficiency in Residential Real Estate Transactions Report

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.

Tools

Home Performance Coalition HPXML Website Guidance

Data standards and IT solutions are crucial for fair and consistent valuation of high performance homes. National data standards like HPXML, should be used whenever possible, both to reduce the costs of developing data transfer systems and to facilitate collection and aggregation of comparable data from multiple sources. This type of standardization improves the reliability of the information and allows quicker and more automated transfer of home energy data to the real estate community.  A movement toward standardization lays the groundwork for moving standard energy related data into the real estate transaction in a uniform and seamless way. The Home Performance Coalition, a Home Energy Information Accelerator partner, launched the HPXML website  - a resource that explains the how’s and why’s for using HPXML.

Energy Efficiency for Real Estate Professionals Guidance

A tool for energy efficiency programs to convey the value of energy information to real estate professionals, and information on resources real estate professionals can use for further learning. This presentation is meant to be customized for particular audiences. If you want to use this resource, please contact Madeline.Salzman@ee.doe.gov.

Green Sheet on Automated Energy Models Guidance

The Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) published a resource to educate MLS organizations about the growing number of Automated Energy Models (AEM’s). These models predict a home’s energy usage by using public data such as square footage, location, and heating and cooling systems. CMLS’s Green Sheet on AEM’s answers questions that MLSs likely have about these tools.

Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum Guidance

Created by the Appraisal Institute, the Addendum allows appraisers to more consistently document and value home energy information. The document’s updated design responds to the evolving high performance housing market and provides new sections that correspond to the latest Real Estate Standards Organization’s fields for verified energy information.

Video

Real World Successes with RESO Standards Video

This webinar features the CEO of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) discussing recent developments in the intersection of home energy data, standards, and MLSs. 

Partners

  • Appraisal Institute
    Build It Green
    California Regional MLS
    CoreLogic
    Council of Multiple Listing Services
    Elevate (formerly Elevate Energy)
    Enhabit
    Green Button Alliance
    Home Innovation Research Labs
    Home Performance Coalition
    Homes.com
    Information and Real Estate Services, LLC
    Metropolitan Regional Information Systems
    Midwest Real Estate Data
    National Association of Realtors ® CRTLabs
    National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
    Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
    Picketfence.com
    Real Estate Standards Organization
    Realtors Property Resource, LLC
    Regional Multiple Listing Service
    Rocky Mountain Institute
    State of Colorado
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)