In January 2018, the City of Portland launched the Home Energy Score program to provide buyers with information about their home's energy performance. In conjunction with Portland's Climate Action Plan, this innovative program helps homeowners have quick access to simple data that is clear and easy understand.
As part of our ethical standards, PDX HIVE does not offer home improvement services.
PDX HIVE is now offering Pre-Construction Home Energy Scores!
A pre-construction Home Energy Score is for new homes that are in the process of being built. The pre-construction Home Energy Score process is somewhat different than a typical Home Energy Score assessment. The assessment is based on floor plans rather than collecting data in the field and requires knowledge that some Home Energy Score Assessors (HEAs) might not currently possess. PDX HIVE is one of a handful of assessors now offering this service.
What is a Home Energy Score?
A Home Energy Score is a 1-10 rating that provides information on the home's energy efficiency level, based on the physical characteristics of the home.
Why is it important?
Similar to an MPG rating for a car, the rating allows buyers to have insight into the full costs of owning a home. Improving residential energy efficiency helps homeowners save money on bills, makes homes healthier, and results in less carbon emissions.
How does this play a part in Portland's Climate Action Plan?
Portland's Climate Action Plan seeks to reduce carbon emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions in Portland. One objective is to reduce the total energy use of existing buildings and to achieve zero net carbon emissions in all new buildings.
How does the energy score process work?
Prior to publicly listing, the seller/representative needs to 1) obtain a Home Energy Report from an authorized City of Portland Home Energy Score assessor, 2) include the report in the RMLS listing and any other online listing service, and 3) provide a copy of the report to all agents and buyers.
Where does this apply?
A Home Energy Score is required for publicly-listed single family and townhouse properties* that fall within the Portland jurisdiction.
*Some exemptions apply
Source: US Department of Energy