Below are some tools and resources to help energy efficiency programs, contractors, and regional efficiency alliances engage with the real estate industry.

Elevate Energy High Performance Homes Infographictools

Use this tool in your upcoming presentations, on your website, and on your social media platforms to show others the benefits of high performance homes.


Elevate Energy Solar and Real Estate Infographic

Use this tool to engage the real estate community. As more homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels come onto the real estate market, an increasing number of buyers and sellers are searching for agents who are familiar with this new technology and know how to properly value these unique homes during a real estate transaction.


Appraisal Institute Green & Energy Efficiency Addendum

Use this tool to document the high performance features of an energy efficient home. Appraisers can use this form as a worksheet to assess the value of high performance homes. This addendum is meant to accompany the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (Form 1004) which does not have sufficient space to note details about high performance homes.


Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting it Right 

Use this tool to help ensure the appraisal of a high performance home is completed by an appraiser who is specially trained to recognize high performance features. The Building Codes Assistance Project and the Appraisal Institute collaborated to create this resource to help builders, buyers, and mortgage lenders understand how and why it is important to use specialized appraisers.


BPI-2101 Compliant Certificate—Standard Requirementstools

Use this tool to collect a home’s efficiency upgrades in a standard and consistent way that is MLS- and appraiser-friendly. The Home Performance XML (HPXML) standard defines data collection (BPI-2100) and data transfer (BPI-2200) standards for home energy upgrades. The certificate standard is based on the HPXML data elements and applies these standards to facilitate the resale or refinancing of these homes.


Home Energy Information Guide

This guide help real estate professionals and multiple listing services use the latest RESO fields for verified home energy information. It also defines what constitutes “verified” information, as well as how different types of information can be interpreted and communicated to clients.


The HPXML Website

Use this tool to understand how to use the open data standard that was created to support the exchange of information and data on residential building and energy performance. Data standards and IT solutions are crucial for fair and consistent valuation of high performance homes. National data standards like HPXML should be used whenever possible, both to reduce the costs of developing data transfer systems and to facilitate collection and aggregation of comparable data from multiple sources. This type of standardization improves the reliability of the information and allows quicker and more automated transfer of home energy data to the real estate community.



The Green MLS Toolkit

Use this tool to help ensure fair value for sustainable, healthy, and energy efficient homes. The Green MLS Tool Kit is an online resource for those looking to learn more about integrating the Real Estate Standards Organization’s (RESO) standard green fields into their MLS. This tool kit helps buyers quickly find green homes, makes it easy to fully promote the special features of a green home, and supports apples-to-apples comparison when it is time to appraise a green home.


RESO Green Data Dictionary

Use this tool to work with MLSs to adopt high-quality and consistent “green fields.” The Data Dictionary serves as the real estate industry’s Rosetta Stone, ensuring all systems speak the same language. RESO reports that over 1 million real estate professionals are now represented by MLSs that are Data Dictionary-compliant to the Core Certification level. This means that MLSs across the country have prioritized the need to standardize MLS fields as a way to define common real estate data.