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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Residential Energy Use Disclosure: A Guide For Policymakers

Residential Energy Use Disclosure: A Guide For Policymakers

A growing number of local and state governments are adopting policies requiring residential energy rating and/or disclosure, the practice of evaluating the energy efficiency of a home or building and making the information known to consumers. The option helps policymakers to enable energy reduction goals for buildings, and to increase transparency and consumer information around the home buying process. Policies requiring disclosure of energy use and benchmarking of commercial buildings are in place in nine large U.S. cities and one county, helping building owners understand where the greatest opportunities are for energy savings. However, efforts targeted at the residential sector are less common and less uniform. Commercial and residential energy disclosure requirements share some characteristics and are sometimes implemented simultaneously, but this toolkit contains guidance most relevant to residential energy use disclosure. The toolkit provides an overview of existing residential disclosure efforts, and instructions on tailoring strategies to meet local policy objectives. It's organized by these design and implementation steps: 1. Confirm scope of local authority and gauge available resources 2. Secure support from local stakeholders 3. Decide on key components of a residential energy rating and disclosure policy 4. Implement policy and track results


American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

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