Tools

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

Infographics and Fact Sheets

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.

An Energy Efficiency Love Story Fact Sheet

This is the story of how data standards work together to make the value of energy efficiency upgrades visible in the real estate market. Data standards ensure that the process moves forward efficiently and effectively for all players at all stages of the transaction.

Videos

 
A Typical Day in the Life of a Solar PV System

Elevate Energy’s animated video teaches viewers how a solar system harnesses the sun’s energy to create the electricity that can power everything from a cell phone to an air conditioner.

Home Energy Efficiency Super Stars: Air Sealing and Insulation

Air sealing and insulation are the celebrities of the high-performance home world. These icons steal the show to provide the simplest, quickest, and least expensive method to decrease energy loss in a home. Elevate Energy created a video to tell the story of these reliable, hardworking icons. Use this video in your presentations, on your website, and in your social media alerts; then tell us about it using the hashtag #VisibleValue.

Selling the Sun: Establishing Value for Solar Homes

Selling the Sun: Establishing Value for Solar Homes is an online course that shows real estate agents how to help clients determine the market value of a home with a solar installation.

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Why should real estate agents learn about solar? Watch the video below to find out.

Valuation Resources for Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Appraisers

Valuation Resources for Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Appraisers is available in two formats: in-person and online. If you are interested, contact the Appraisal Institute at .

Why should appraisers learn how to value solar installations? Watch the video below to find out.

Engaging Real Estate Professionals and the MLS

Home Energy Information Accelerator Toolkit

The Home Energy Information Accelerator Toolkit from the Building Technologies Office of the U.S Department of Energy includes key resources to improve access to home energy information in the real estate transaction. Read about the replicable and sustainable approaches implemented and access resources to help you do the same.

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.

Quick Start Guide: MLS Green Fields

The Council of MLS guide provides a best practice checklist that makes the identification and implementation of "green fields" in the MLS easier.

Making the Value Visible: A Blueprint for Transforming the High-Performing Homes Market by Showcasing Clean and Efficient Energy Improvements

This blueprint outlines actions high-performing home professionals can take to unlock the value of these special homes in the real estate market using data, collaboration, and communication.

Engaging the Appraisal Industry

Appraisal Institute Green and 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.

A Guide to the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum

This guide helps those completing the Appraisal Institute Green and Energy Efficiency Addendum by explaining how each section applies to the valuation and marketing of the property.

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.

Data Standards

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 standard defines data collection (BPI-2100) and data transfer (BPI-2200) standards for home energy upgrades.

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. 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.