City Of Portland Home Energy Requirement Begins January 1st 2018

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. 

Portland Home Energy Score

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

Andrew Kaiser

My name is Andrew Kaiser, welcome to my site! I have a passion for making images wherever and whenever I can. I seek to capture humanity and the world around me with a focus on the figure. Film, digital, pinhole, and instant photography are all fair game for me.

I grew up in the California Bay Area and started taking photography seriously in High School. I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to go to a high school with a working darkroom and a teacher who understood that making images was an art form – care and patience was a necessity in the image making process from start to finish.

Later in life I attended the University of California in Santa Cruz where I received a Bachelors Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. After having my fill of the California sunshine I packed up my life and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I quickly found the overcast skies, lush forests, cooler temperatures, and creative communities to be a perfect match for my work.

Over the years I have exhibited my photographs in several galleries and art shows including the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and Cascade AIDS Project. I’ve published a few books and taught workshops up and down the west coast of the United States. Through this site I’m hoping to share my work and perhaps inspire others along the way.