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RESTalk EP12: “Auto-population of HERS® Index Scores”

Nov 6, 2018

Learn how one BIG GREEN BUTTON is connecting Portland’s Green Building Registry to the RESNET® HERS® Registry to provide Portland’s regional MLS (Multi-Listing Service) with HERS® Index Scores, to measure a home’s energy efficiency.

On this episode of RESTalk, David Heslam, Executive Director of Earth Advantage  and RESNET Program Director Ryan Meres discuss how the organizations are teaming up to seamlessly deliver Home Energy Ratings information to the real estate community in Portland, OR, via their pilot project to auto-populate the RMLS with HERS® ratings.

As David notes, there is a tremendous opportunity for the real estate community to serve a need: research has found as many as 71% of consumers value green home attributes, yet only 35% of real estate professionals feel comfortable discussing them.

Research also shows that featuring a HERS® rating in a home’s listing can lead to higher sale and resale premiums, as discussed on a recent RESTalk episode with real estate appraiser Sandra Adomatis.

David highly suggests that realtors make sure their MLS’ have green fields available for HERS® energy rating data, and that HERS® Raters make friends with realtors in their area to help them better understand this information.

David describes his career journey from builder, to green builder, then into education and research in the housing market, now leading this Portland based nonprofit whose mission is to advance the value of sustainable building practices in the Northwest residential market. You can contact him at DHeslam@EarthAdvantage.org or via his LinkedIn profile, as he travels coast to coast inspiring many communities who are interested in the work being done in Portland.

You can learn more at the website www.EarthAdvantage.org or at the registry: www.GreenBuildingRegistry.com