As of January 1st 2018, the City of Portland will now require sellers of single-family homes to disclose a Home Energy Report and Score at time of listing. Portland City Council unanimously adopted the policy in December 2016.
Portland is the second city in the country, behind Berkeley, California, to approve a local ordinance requiring homes to be scored. The Home Energy Score and the Home Energy Report must be provided in any real estate listings and must be made available to prospective buyers. Portland is the first city in the US to require energy scores this early in the home buying process.
This new policy will require people publicly selling single-family homes to obtain a Home Energy Report (which includes a Home Energy Score) from an authorized Home Energy Assessor. Complying with the policy takes two simple steps:
1. Getting the Home Energy Score. This can be done in a variety of ways but most likely will be performed by a Home Energy Assessor. Your listing agent can assist you with this process.
2. Showing the Home Energy Score in any listing or public posting about the house.
It is incredibly important that your listing agent is aware of the new city ordinance and is prepared to help you disclose this information to potential buyers!
Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, a Home Energy Score is an easy way for sellers, buyers, real estate professionals and builders to get directly comparable and credible information about a home's energy use across the housing market. The goal of this new requirement is one more piece in a larger effort to reduce the City of Portland's carbon emissions 80 percent by the year 2050.
More information about this new requirement can be found directly from the city of Portland at www.pdxhes.com.