Portland Looks To Add Home Efficiency Scores To Seller Listings

Dated: February 12 2016

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If you're searching for a single-family home through a regional real estate listing service, you'll see a section for the home's green certification and energy efficiency features.

But more likely than not, you won't see anything listed.

Portland planners are considering requiring a home's efficiency be public knowledge.Enlarge

Portland planners are considering requiring a home's efficiency be public knowledge.

While there is no requirement for homeowners or realtors to list that information on the regional multiple listing service website, the city of Portland's planning staffers are researching how that could work.

It costs $200 to $300 to determine a home's efficiency. It's unclear who might bear that cost in the home-buying equation.

Work on the initiative has only just begun, but Michael Armstrong, manager for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's policy, research and innovation arm, said he expects to have a recommendation to the City Council later this year.

"You go onto our MLS site and there's already a place for that score, but very few houses have them," said Armstrong. "We'd like that to be standard. It's ready for use, the infrastructure is there."


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