Valuing Energy Efficiency
2018 HPC National Conference Session
In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy launched the Home Energy Information Accelerator, which aims to make energy data more accessible to home buyers. In this final year of the Accelerator, partners are out of their neutral corners, making the value of energy upgrades visible in the real estate market.
Sit ringside to hear from the prizefighters who succeeded in getting home energy information into the real estate transaction. You will get the blow by blow on what worked, what didn’t, and what main events are on the horizon. You will learn about the resources created by Accelerator partners to guide your engagement work with the real estate industry.
Market Transformation Specialist
Pamela Brookstein is the Market Transformation Specialist for Elevate Energy, working to make the value of high performance homes visible in real estate transactions. She manages the Value for High Performance initiative, which includes a website that provides one-stop resource for those working on the issues of market transformation and fair value at closing; a quarterly news alert that compiles the most relevant and groundbreaking news from across the country; and the Learning Network, a national group of efficiency and real estate experts who are making groundbreaking accomplishments in the realm of visible value.
Véronique is the co-founder of ClearlyEnergy, provider of utility costs to the real-estate industry. ClearlyEnergy breaks down the home’s utility costs to help homeowners understand their energy footprint and find the smartest savings opportunities. Véronique is a reputed energy analyst and climate scientist. Prior to ClearlyEnergy, Véronique founded PointCarbon North America, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010. She has worked for Constellation Energy and Goldman Sachs. Véronique has a PhD in Climate Physics and an MSc in Technology and Policy from MIT and teaches Climate Finance at Johns Hopkins University.
Director of Research and Standards
Home Performance Coalition
Julie Caracino is the Director of Research and Standards for Home Performance Coalition. As chair of the HPXML working group, Julie has been instrumental in establishing the national data standard as the common software language for the industry’s transactions. She also works closely with the real estate and appraisal industries to create value for energy efficient homes. Prior to joining HPC, Julie was a project manager at NYSERDA, where she led several pilot projects under New York Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision.
Wednesday, April 25
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Earth Advantage Inc.
David Heslam has been a national leader in efforts to develop home energy labeling systems that allow the value of energy performance to be gauged by real estate stakeholders and professionals. Since he started at Earth Advantage in 2008, he has worked on programs in 16 states and advocated for use of national standards to enable scalability of valuation efforts.
Heslam gained insight into the need for energy labeling during the 15 years he spent designing, building, and remodeling homes in Portland, OR. His national award-winning company, Coho Construction Services Inc., became known as a local and national leader for adopting new technologies and striving for high levels of sustainability. He built a Zero Energy home in 2004 and a Zero Water home the year before.
Heslam’s work at Earth Advantage has included the development of software, research into the effectiveness of energy audits, research into the feasibility of labeling systems, implementation of programs to enable the valuation of green and efficient homes, plus green education for designers, contractors, REALTORS, bankers and appraisers about the energy performance and other green elements of homes.
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