DOE Commends HPC for Meeting Accelerator Goals
On Monday, May 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Home Performance Coalition (HPC) at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit in Washington, DC for its achievements as a national partner in the Home Energy Information Accelerator (HEIA).
Brian Castelli and Julie Caracino were at the Better Buildings Summit to exchange best practices and share proven solutions to expanding the market for residential energy efficiency.
HEIA is a collaborative effort among leaders in the real estate and energy efficiency industries to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions.
As a partner in HEIA, HPC has committed to update and expand the use of the Home Performance Certificate (BPI-2101-S-2013 Standard Requirements for a Certificate of Completion for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades) among residential energy efficiency programs. Another goal, for which HPC was recognized at the Summit, was to launch a new website with information, tools, and resources on the Home Performance Certificate and how to integrate the standard into utility programs.
The Home Performance Certificate is a nationally recognized protocol that creates a bridge between the energy efficiency and real estate industries. The standard identifies a set of HPXML data elements for certificates that document the completion of an energy efficiency project. A certificate that complies with BPI-2101 can be used as a reference document by real estate agents, appraisers, and other professionals during the home sale process. It may be attached to an MLS listing sheet and shown to the buyer and buyer’s agent as a demonstration of the home’s relative energy efficiency. It may also be used by appraisers and underwriters as a source of information about characteristics of a home related to energy consumption and energy savings.
HPC is the chair of the national Building Performance Institute working group that developed the Home Performance Certificate standard. The working group’s first meeting to update the standard was held on May 11, 2017. The update to the standard is expected to be released by the end of summer.
For more information on the Home Performance Certificate or to receive email updates on the standard, visit www.hpxmlonline.com.