Portland Puts Energy Efficiency Onus on Home Sellers

A proposal in front of the Portland City Council has some far-reaching implications if passed.

There is a proposal in front of the Portland City Council that would require sellers of single-family homes to do two things:

  1. Obtain a home energy performance report (meaning Home Energy Score. The Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability “may provide a waiver from the requirements of this Chapter for home builders or sellers using Energy Performance Scores (EPS) or HERS to temporarily continue the use of these asset rating tools.”
  2. Disclose the information from the home energy performance report to the City of Portland at or before the time that the home is listed for sale and to prospective home buyers who visit the home while it is on the market.

There are two hearings scheduled on this proposed policy: November 23 and December 7. The proposed effective date for the policy is January 1, 2018. Rulemaking is proposed to begin in July 2017. The City has set up a very informative webpage about this proposal, including a FAQ that can be accessed here.

This is similar to a practice already in place in the cities of Austin and Berkeley, Calif., as well as the states of Connecticut and Colorado.


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