ENERGY STAR Archive

Valuing Energy Efficiency in Appraisal and Underwriting

In March, a joint study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Community Capital and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) found that owners of ENERGY STAR-rated homes are one-third less likely to default on...

Three-for-One Bonus: V2.0 of Appraisal Institute’s ‘Green & Energy Efficient Addendum’ Hits the Street

In 2011 the Appraisal Institute released one work-around to address three major sticking points that have made it difficult to appraise high-performance or “green” homes. The first problem has been that the most important features of these homes are...
March 15, 2013

Free Market, Liability, and Greening an MLS

In the world of residential valuation, a green-built, energy-efficient, or high-performance new home or retrofit is essentially invisible to the consumer if the MLS doesn’t support green fields (i.e., fields in the MLS data form that enable the listing...
February 7, 2013