An MPG Sticker for Houses: Home Energy Labeling

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An MPG Sticker for Houses: Home Energy Labeling

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Operating expenses play a major role in consumer purchasing decisions. Most car buyers research the fuel efficiency before purchasing a car, but there are no easy-to-read energy labels when it comes to one of the largest economic decisions people make—buying or renting a home. Since energy bills are often a significant portion of operating costs, even influencing an occupant’s ability to pay a mortgage, knowledge of energy expenses can play an essential role in home buying or renting decisions. 

Some states and localities are creating a more transparent market through home energy rating and labeling programs, which allow home buyers, landlords, tenants, realtors and lenders to include home energy attributes in their financial decisions. Policymakers are balancing local versus state jurisdiction concerns and the policy’s effect on older housing stock.

The webinar will discuss state and local approaches to home energy labeling as well as case studies.

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  • Richard Faesy, Energy Futures Group | Richard Faesy is a principal and co-founder of Energy Futures Group in Hinesburg, Vt. As a certified energy rater and LEED accredited professional, he specializes in residential buildings, technologies and markets.
  • Roger Kainu, Oregon Department of Energy | Roger Kainu is an energy analyst in the planning and innovation division and provides technical expertise, outreach and training to building and construction industry professionals. 
  • Joan Glickman, Department of Energy | Joan Glickman is senior adviser and program manager in the home energy score program.