Media: Minneapolis program puts energy audits into hands of potential homebuyers (ENN)

Apr 5, 2021

From Energy News Network: 

Minneapolis saw near-perfect compliance and few complaints during the first year of a new ordinance requiring energy audits prior to all home sales.

The city’s residential energy benchmarking program generated more than 6,200 reports disclosing the conditions of windows, insulation and heating systems for prospective buyers and new owners. The information is also publicly available online....

Single-family home energy audits have long been voluntary, but beginning last year they are now required for any home being listed for sale. Isaac Smith, residential program development manager for the Center for Energy and Environment, which oversees the program, said the biggest surprise was the lack of protests from homeowners or realtors. “We didn’t hear a lot of grumblings or anything after it all started,” he said. “It went really smooth, and we haven’t got much pushback.”...

Arbor Otalora-Fadner, a program coordinator at the Center for Energy and Environment, looked at the scores online of homes in neighborhoods where he and his wife wanted to live. They recently moved into a 1919 home in South Minneapolis with a good energy score. The couple primarily selected their home based on its location but “were mentally and financially prepared” to make retrofits should their final choice have a low energy rating, he said.

“It’s so competitive that it’s hard to be particular in what you want,” Otalora-Fadner said. The program, he hopes, will enlighten buyers on how investments can decrease their energy bills....
 

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