Six Cities Forge Ahead with Home Energy Disclosures – How Your City Can Join Them

…peer learning, and other support. Home Energy Disclosure Among the chief mechanisms for providing critical home performance information are residential energy labeling and disclosure policies. Such policies require sellers and/or…

Protect Homebuyers, Reward Efficiency

…A direct comparison would be impossible. Voluntary home energy disclosure, sounds good, but just doesn’t make an impact — since energy disclosure is helpful only if buyers can compare the…

Do Your Green Check!

…the real estate marketplace: energy labels, local energy disclosure policies and consumer-driven market considerations.   Energy Labels Energy labels for homes are valuable because they estimate a home’s energy usage…

Three Ways Energy Ratings Support Efficiency

…part of their daily activities, and allow home buyers and sellers to make the most out of home performance.” In addition to Portland, home energy disclosures of some kind are…

Unlocking the Added Value of Zero that Hides in Plain Sight

…Texas have developed energy disclosure policies, too. While waiting for cities to take action and for the lending industry to catch up, homeowners and business owners, and their real estate…

Cities Leading the Way to Zero Energy

…Portland, Oregon, recently passed an ordinance requiring home energy ratings and disclosure to buyers whenever a property is sold. These universal ratings will allow the market to make informed decisions…

What Realtors Need to Know about Selling High Performance Green Homes

…would. Data that is required for an income approach will be pre and post solar utility bills, a copy of the sales contract, a copy of all disclosures, copy of…

Millennials in a Housing Crisis

…history. A few cities now require a home energy disclosure , or HERS index, prior to selling a home, which will be a big benefit to millennial homebuyers. When energy…

Cities Take the Lead by Building Strong Climate Action Plans

In the absence of meaningful climate action at national levels, cities around the world are working on developing approaches to reducing carbon emissions with the goal of slowing disruptive climate…

Zero Energy Homes of the Future are Available Today

Zero energy homes are an irreversible market trend. They are the homes of the future — available today. The most powerful trend in the real estate market today is the…

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