We Research Energy Labeling,
Building Best Practices, and
Our research work has focused on providing market transformation information to city and state governments and home builders. That work aids in designing new policies, energy efficiency program designs, and building best practices in aid of advancing better buildings. We have done studies on the value of green buildings in the Northwest, effective energy label design, and sustainable earthquake resilient wall assemblies, to name a few. This work looks to fill in the gaps necessary for removing barriers to a more sustainable, resilient, and energy efficient homes across America.
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Build Back Better Homes
A new report from RMI, How to Unlock America’s Single-Family Green Mortgage Market, co-authored by David Heslam.
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2021 Oregon Residential Energy Code Summary
An overview of the significant changes to the energy code in the 2021 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) that will become mandatory on October 1, 2021
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Stories from the Field: Using the Home Energy Score to Influence Real Estate
A case study in partnership with the City of Portland Home Energy Score program, this features the viewpoints, and experiences of real estate professionals and homeowners.
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A Study on City Energy Labeling Benefits
Score! How Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Are Benefiting from City Energy Labeling Requirements. In cooperation with the Center for Energy & Environment, Energy Trust of Oregon, CenterPoint Energy, City of Portland, City of Minneapolis, CLEAResult, and Earth Advantage. Download the report here >>
Home Energy Labeling
Steps states can take to support city-based home energy labeling initiatives. Prepared for National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) by Earth Advantage.
Learning the Score
Lessons from Developing and Deploying the Nation's First Mandatory Home Energy Score Policies. ACEE publication on the two city's Home Energy Score program development.
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Energy Efficiency & Seismic Resiliency
Improving Energy Efficiency and
Seismic Resiliency in Older Housing Stock
High Performance Appraisal Addendum
A high performance home data cost addendum for builders and contractors to provide detailed high performance improvements to professional appraisers and real estate professionals.
Energy Code Cost Analysis Study
December 2, 2016
Cost Analysis of Potential Energy Code Improvements
Home Valuation Study
The Market Valuation of Energy Efficient and
Green Certified Northwest Homes. With support from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
NW Building Best Practices
Three printable posters that provide builders with detailed information on mini-split technology, thermal enclosures, and HRV system best practices. Download the individual posters using the links below:
Green Community Developement
A case study highlighting the financial benefits to green and high performance fully certified communities.
ADU Financing Guide
A snapshot of the ADU financing options available in the Portland, Oregon metro area during the fall of 2014.
Energy Label Policy Playbook
A Bullitt Foundation-initiated project aimed at developing technical, administrative, and marketing best practices in residential energy labeling and disclosure.
Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an emerging type of residential development with unique legal uses. This short guide outlines the best practices to follow when valuing a property with an ADU.
Energy Ratings & Property Tax
One pathway for making home energy ratings more visible to the real estate market is to include them as part of official government property records, such as on property tax records.
Building Component Cost Premiums
Cost premiums for select high performance home building components investigation, conducted in 2013.
Regional Energy Rating & Disclosure
The assessment is an introduction to this policy topic and the first step in a multi-stage project to support a regional framework for residential energy ratings and disclosure policies.
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