Valuing Energy Efficiency

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Cities Scoring Big: Disclosing Energy Ratings in Home Sales

Tuesday, April 24
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon I (5th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

Local governments are increasingly looking to home energy ratings as a means to disclose reliable energy information in real estate listings and sales. Not only do they want homebuyers to be more informed about their purchase decisions, but they see the potential of ratings – like DOE’s Home Energy Score – to help drive energy efficiency investments. In this session, the cities of Berkeley, CA and Portland, OR will share how they are using the Home Energy Score to improve the transparency of real estate transactions and support broader energy and climate action goals. You’ll also learn how other local governments are following in the footsteps of these trailblazers and considering similar ways to drive energy awareness and savings.

Learning Objectives:

Patty Kappaz

Lead Analyst
DOE Home Energy Score

Patty Kappaz has supported energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the U.S. Department of Energy since 2001. For the past 6 years she has worked on the Home Energy Score, where she focuses on state and local government engagement, financing, and real estate integration, and serves as CSRA’s overall project manager for this effort. Before that, she spent four years with the Solar America Cities program, where she led outreach efforts and provided support to local governments throughout the country with the aim of reducing market barriers to PV adoption.


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Kyle Diesner

Climate and Energy Policy Analyst
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Kyle is a policy analyst at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). He has been with BPS since 2003 and primarily focused on climate change policies and planning, and energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Kyle is in charge of both communitywide and city operations emission inventories. As a policy analyst, Kyle most recently led policy development for Portland’s new Home Energy Score ordinance. This policy, for the first time, requires sellers of single family homes to disclose energy information in real estate listings. Kyle has a BS in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University and an Executive Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.


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Lauren Hotell

Senior Program Coordinator
Frontier Energy

Lauren Hotell is the Bay Area Home Energy Score Program Manager at Frontier Energy. In this role, she supports coordination and implementation of the regional Home Energy Score Program, which includes jurisdiction ordinance and voluntary program support, technical advising, workforce training, and data management. In addition to this role, she supports other regional and state-wide energy efficiency retrofit and California Title 24 code compliance programs. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon.


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