DOE Meets With NAR Leadership to Discuss Home Energy Score

Date: Dec. 13th, 2010
Contact: Austin Perez Phone: 202-383-1046
2011 NAR Treasurer Bill Armstrong and other NAR staff recently met with representatives from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), Division of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the DOE's development and implementation of the a software tool to assess energy use in a home (existing or new) and compare it with other homes. The DOE Home Energy Score is a voluntary program developed to provide consumers and homeowners with the tools to assess energy use in their home and information to reduce their home energy use.

Residential energy scores and labels on existing homes have the potential to stigmatize those residences because they were built to less stringent energy efficiency codes. Energy use labels and scores also raise questions regarding disclosure and property value.

NAR requested additional information on a series of pilot projects that DOE is developing to test various aspects of the Home Energy Score. NAR also agreed to provide relevant NAR-sponsored research and will continue to provide input and feedback on the Home Energy Score and the larger Recovery Through Retrofit program.