Energy Efficiency In MLS Listings
A bunch of states are serious about giving people information about green homes. New England is taking this on, with the Northern New England Real Estate Network (NNEREN – the MLS for New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont) now including the HERS Index Score of homes on its listings. This is a huge step, because more real estate websites in more states and counties are starting to include this in their MLS, giving a serious boost to the green economy.
What’s A Good HERS Score?
The HERS Index Score is really important for people who want information about the energy efficiency of a home. An Index of 100 is the energy use of an “American Standard Building”, and an Index of 0 means that the house is so efficient is doesn’t need to buy any energy to run it. Granted, very few homes will have a HERS Index of 0, but obviously, the lower the score, the better.
Energy Efficiency Information: Good For Sellers
Having the HERS Index included in the MLS is good for homeowners who want to sell their house because it gives them an additional selling feature that other homes might not offer. If a home has been rated, and has a good HERS Index Score, it can fetch a higher selling price than a home that hasn’t been rated. People aren’t just looking at the one-time cost of buying a house – they’re looking at the long-term costs too. A lower HERS Index means lower energy bills. That’s something people want to see.
Energy Efficiency Information: Good For Buyers and Builders
Being able to see a home’s HERS Index doesn’t just give the buyer a better idea of what their future energy bills could look like if, but they can use that information to compare similar houses in similar neighborhoods. It also lets builders market their homes using the HERS Index and it gives appraisers better information so they can calculate the market value of homes with HERS Scores.
Other Energy Ratings Will Also Be Included
The MLS will also include a section for third-party verified building certifications. This means that people will be able to include if their home has been certified as:
- Energy Star Certified Home
- LEED for Homes – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified
- National Green Building Standard – Emerald, Gold, Silver and Bronze
- Passive House
- Vermont Builds Greener Certified
More Jobs For The Green Economy
This additional information will undoubtedly spur the economy, because as more people look for this information, more people will be getting their homes rated before putting them up for sale. This means an increase in business for Home Energy (HERS Index) Raters, and for people who certify homes as Energy Star Certified, LEED and more.
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