“Until now, a home’s energy efficiency benefits were difficult to quantify and compare. A Home Energy Score provides homebuyers a chance to evaluate a home’s efficiency features before they buy so they can make the most knowledgeable decision on one of the biggest investments in their life.”
Colorado Association of REALTORS® CEO, Tyrone Adams
Colorado Association of REALTORS® - Colorado Energy Office Partnership
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) has partnered with the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR) since 2010 and the development of the "Green MLS." CAR helped to develop recommendations to implement searchable fields in the MLS to serve REALTORS® in marketing properties and to provide appraiser information to incorporate energy efficiency in their opinions of value.
Over the course of three years, 97 percent of all homes in Colorado could be listed in an MLS with these searchable fields. The quick adoption was due in part to CAR helping CEO to make connections and recommend grants for MLS vendors for the IT upgrades and training. The program could not have been a success without CAR's government affairs staff and their assistance.
Today, CEO is a Home Energy Score program partner in Colorado. CEO has provided training to REALTORS ® across the state about the benefits of the Home Energy Score and how to use the Green MLS. Click here to see a list of Home Energy Score-trained REALTORS®.
Real estate agents can benefit from the following:
- Recommend that your clients get a Home Energy Score. Click here to find a qualified Home Energy Score assessor in your area. Visit the Real Estate Professionals section of the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings website to access resources to learn more about the score and how to talk about it to your clients.
- If a home inspection recommends replacing a furnace or hot water heater, make sure your client asks for ENERGY STAR qualified equipment in the contract.
- Include energy feature information when listing a home, such as ENERGY STAR appliances, energy-efficient windows, solar PV, or a Home Energy Score or other energy rating.
- Get to know the energy efficiency language other real estate brokers, home inspectors, and appraisers use. Speaking the same language can help all parties serve the client better. Learning definitions of common green attributes of a home and knowing what they look like can help you guide your clients through the buying and selling process.
- Pursue continuing education classes to earn the National Association of REALTORS® Green Designation, which is designed for agents to become knowledge leaders on energy efficiency and sustainability issues.
- Encourage the home inspectors you work with to become qualified Home Energy Score assessors. Inspectors can sign up to take the training and exam under CEO's partner program by contacting Kim Burke at email@example.com. Home inspectors also can enroll through InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, a nonprofit trade association headquartered in Boulder, CO, which offers Home Energy Score training designed specifically for home inspectors.