Home Energy Labels Now Available!
Introducing a new tool for Vermonters: The Vermont Home Energy Profile. The Profile is an independent, unbiased assessment that summarizes the energy efficiency of a home through three key metrics: estimated annual energy usage, estimated annual costs, and a national energy efficiency score.
The Profile can be used to understand your home’s energy performance and how it compares to other homes. If you are selling a home, the Profile can help you communicate your home’s energy performance to buyers. If you are buying a home, the Profile can help you understand the home’s energy features and the monthly energy costs you’ll pay in addition to a mortgage.
For more information on how to get a Vermont Home Energy Profile, including a list of contractors and home inspectors that can issue a Profile, download the Vermont Home Energy Profile information sheet (PDF).
Energy Labeling Working Groups
A section of Act 89, passed in 2013, required the PSD to convene a working group to "develop a consistent format and presentation for an energy rating that an owner of a building may use to disclose the energy performance of the building or a unit within the building to another person, including a potential purchaser or occupant." The working group was also charged with developing or selecting "one or more tools that can be used to generate the energy rating." A report making recommendations on residential disclosure was due to the Vermont General Assembly by December 15, 2013, and commercial disclosure was due by December 15, 2014. Both reports are attached below.
Commercial Energy Labeling Working Group
The Commercial Energy Labeling Working Group, which includes multifamily housing, has met to analyze rating tool options and select a tool that can be used to generate an energy rating for commercial buildings. The report to the VT General Assembly on the Working Group's findings and recommendations is available below.
The Commercial Energy Labeling Working Group sought feedback on the development of a commercial building energy label and rating tool. Below is a summary of the comments received from the stakeholder survey.
Residential Energy Labeling Working Group
The Residential Energy Labeling Working Group sought public comments and feedback on a proposed home energy score and label for Vermont, to inform the report to the VT General Assembly. The documents below include the solicitation for comments, a summary of the comments, the comments received from organizations, and two consumer testing survey reports.
- Energy Score Request for Comments
- Compilation of comments received
- Actual comments from organizations
- Consumer Testing Survey Report - Round 1
- Consumer Testing Survey Report - Round 2
Pursuant to Act 89, the Residential Energy Labeling Working Group was responsible for submitting this final report to the general assembly on or before December 15, 2013 on its work to develop a voluntary residential building energy rating and label.
Building Energy Disclosure Working Group
Pursuant to H.56 §20d(e), the Working Group on Building Energy Disclosure (Working Group) was responsible for submitting this final report to the general assembly on or before December 15, 2011 with its recommendation on whether the state of Vermont should adopt requirements on disclosure of building energy performance and recommended legislation on such disclosure if the general assembly were to choose to adopt such requirements.
Presentations & Other Documents
- Building Energy Disclosure Mission Statement 9/8/11 Draft, Building Energy Disclosure Working Group
- Vermont Statutes re Building Energy Standards with applicability provisions bolded for Building Energy Disclosure Working Group 9/19/11, Aaron Adler, Vermont Legislative Counsel
- U.S./Canada Building Energy Disclosure Requirements (9/16/11), Ken Horseman and Jennifer Hollar, Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development
- Building Energy Disclosure Working Group (Energy Labeling Subcommittee Report) 8/12/11, Energy Labeling Subcommittee, Building Energy Disclosure Working Group (George Twigg, Deputy Policy Director, Efficiency Vermont)
- Rating Background and Technical Grounding presentation (8/12/11), Richard Faesy, Energy Futures Group
- Rating Subcommittee Report (9/19/11), Rating Subcommittee, Building Energy Disclosure Working Group
- Residential Building Energy Rating Options (Matrix) for Vermont (9/13/11), Rating Subcommittee, Building Energy Disclosure Working Group
- Testimony, Gaye Symington (9/19/11), High Meadows Fund
- The Future of Building Energy Rating and Disclosure Mandates: What Europe Can Learn From the United States, Andrew Burr, Institute for Market Transformation; Cliff Majersik, Institute for Market Transformation; and Nick Zigelbaum, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Working Group on Building Energy Disclosure presentation (9/19/11), Regulatory Assistance Project, Ajith Rao & Riley Allen
- Working Group on Building Energy Disclosure presentation, Eric Phaneuf Esq., Government Affairs Energy Liaison, Vermont Association of REALTORS®