Home Energy Labeling: The New Granite Countertops of Real Estate

If insulation, air sealing, performance testing, and high-efficiency HVAC systems were as exciting to home buyers as granite countertops and walk-in closets, the demand for energy-efficient homes and energy efficiency upgrades would increase dramatically. Home energy labeling allows owners, realtors, and developers a platform to market and value building energy efficiency. It provides a strategy for educating, engaging, and exciting consumers about high-performing home features that lower utilities, improve health and comfort and increase home value. By accessing home energy labels and solar PV data in tools like HELIX (Home Energy Labeling Information eXchange), states and communities can tailor decarbonization programs based on the efficiency of existing homes. This session will review trends and opportunities for home energy labeling policies in the Northeast.

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Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Room / Location:
Marina IV

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2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)

CEU Information: 

AIA 1.5 LU
MA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how home certifications can educate and engage home buyers about high-performing home features
  • Explain what motivates the real estate sector to engage with and use high-performing home certifications
  • Describe trends in home energy ratings and certifications in the northeast and how this impacts the policies and programs states may implement
  • Describe the tools available for making energy efficiency and health certifications available in the real estate market

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