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Greening the Multiple Listing Service with a ENERGY/GREEN Features Checklist

Jul 18, 2016 10:04:51 PM / by Chuck Lohre

Greening_the_MLS_Cincinnati.jpgThe following is an effort by the Southwest Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a document to persons involved in the real estate market that will allow them to record energy and water saving features. The result of this effort is hoped to place a consistent value on energy and water conservation investments. There will be a presentation on this document July 27, 2016, 5:30 to 7 pm at District Three Police Station, Community Room, 2300 Ferguson Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238. You must register here to attend.

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The following is the document:

Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. It is the responsibility of the Buyer and Seller to verify accuracy of any specific features listed below Energy/Green Features Currently In or On the Property - Please Input Data for ALL that Apply




Residential Green and Energy Efficient Glossary and Resources

ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS): An ANSI-approved residential green building standard developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB} and the International Code Council (ICC). It is applicable to single and multifamily projects, renovations and additions and residential land development. To comply, all buildings must incorporate sustainable lot development techniques and address energy, water & material resource efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Also, all owners must be educated about building operation and maintenance. Certification to the NGBS is provided by the Home Innova­tion Research Labs. http://www.nahb.org or http://www.homeinnovation.com/

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solu­tions. http://www.usgbc.org

ENERGY STAR certified new homes must meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmen­tal Protection Agency. These homes are independently verified to be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and feature additional measures that deliver a total energy efficiency im­provement of up to 30 percent compared to typical new homes and even more compared to most resale homes. https://www.energystar.gov/newhomes/

Home Energy Score (HES): The Home Energy Score is similar to a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating. The Home Energy Score allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes in the area. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency. The process starts with a home energy assessor collecting energy infor­mation during a brief home walk-through. The assessor then scores the home on a scale of 1 to 10, with a score of 1O indicating that the home has excellent energy performance. A score of 1 indicates that the home needs extensive energy improvements. In addition to providing the score, the home energy assessor provides the homeowner with a list of recommended energy improve­ments and the associated cost savings estimates. http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/home-energy-score-frequently-asked-questions-homeowners

HERS Index: The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the Industry Standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It's also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. http://www.resnet.us/hers-index This Index is assessed by a qualified third party certifier based on the physical characteristics of the house. The energy estimates from this assessment may vary depending on the lifestyle of the occupants, increasing utility expenses, and changes in the maintenance or characteristics of the energy features.

Building Envelope: The building envelope is everything that separates the building's interior from the exterior. This includes the foundation, exterior walls, roof, doors and windows.

Geothermal; A geothermal heat pump uses the constant below ground temperature of soil or water to heat and cool your home. http://energy.gov/energysaver/geothermal-heat-pumps

Low-E: Low emittance indicates a coating is added to the glass surface. The coating allows visible light to pass through the glass while stopping the radiant heat energy from the sun and heat sources in the building from passing through the glass. Ap­proximately 40% of the sun's harmful ultra violet rays are blocked and insulation enhanced.

Whole Building Ventilation System: A whole building ventilation system assists in a controlled movement of air in tight enve­lope construction and may include air-purifying systems. Whole building ventilation equipment is often a part of the forced air heating or cooing systems.

Energy Recovery Ventilation System: Often called Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV). These systems replenish the indoor air without wasting all the energy already used to heat the indoor air. In some climates, these systems are also used to handle wa­ter vapor in the incoming air.

Passive Soiar; Passive solar is technology for using sunlight to light and heat buildings with no circulating fluid or energy con­version system. http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/glossary/ A complete passive solar building design has the following five elements: (1) aperture (collector) (2) absorber (3) thermal mass (4) distribution (5) control. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy01osti/27954.pdf

SEER: Seasonal energy efficiency ratio - The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the equipment is. A higher SEER can result in lower energy costs.

Water Sense: EPA released its Final Version 1.1 WaterSense New Home Specification. This specification will be effective Jan­uary 1, 2013 and establishes the criteria for new homes labeled under the WaterSense program and is applicable to newly con­structed single-family and multi-family homes. http://www.epa.gov/watersense/new_homes/homes_final.html

Water Heaters: Solar, Heat Pump, Tankless On Demand or Tankless Coil water heaters are described at the following location: http://energy.gov/energysaver/solar-water-heaters

Green Certifying Organizations: A partial list of organizations can be found at:

HERS Insulation Installed Rating: Rating 1 is the best with 3 the lowest rating.

SAVE Act: The SAVE Act is proposed legislation to improve the accuracy of mortgage underwriting used by federal mortgage agencies by ensuring that energy costs are included in the underwriting process.

Topics: Green Building Marketing, LEED for Homes, HERS Rating System

Chuck Lohre

Written by Chuck Lohre

Owner of Lohre & Associates Marketing Communications. The company celebrated their 80th Anniversary in 2015, his 38th.