Building Energy Labeling

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.

Act 62 of 2019 reestablished the Residential Building Energy Labeling Working Group and a Commercial Building Energy Labeling Working Group convened under Act 89 of 2013. Each Working Group will contain a variety of members appointed by the Commissioner of Public Service. Those members of the Working Groups established under Act 89, above, may continue as members, and the Commissioner "shall fill vacancies in the working group as they arise. "According to Act 62, these Working Groups "shall advise the Commissioner in the development of forms pursuant to section 63 of this title."

​Building Energy Labeling Working Group Meetings

​The Commercial and Residential Working Groups have been reconstituted as directed by Act 62 of 2019. New and continuing members have been appointed by the Commissioner of Public Service, and the initial meetings of each group were convened in November, 2019. Both Working Groups meet monthly and these meetings are open to the public.

Important note concerning the open meetings law:  House bill 681, which was signed into law by Governor Scott on March 30th, 2020, provides that, "during the continued spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the State of Vermont, public bodies should organize and hold open meetings in a manner that will protect the health and welfare of the public while providing access to the operations of government." Specifically, the new law allows that:

(1) a quorum or more of the members of a public body may attend a regular, special, or emergency meeting by electronic or other means without being physically present at a designated meeting location;

Pursuant to this legislation, future meetings of the Commercial and Residential Building Energy Labeling Working Groups will be held online and on the phone. The​ April meetings have been scheduled as follows. Please email keith.levenson@vermont.gov if you would like to attend online or by phone.

  • Commercial Building Energy Labeling Working Group: Friday, April 10th, 2020, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM​. [To attend online or by phone, please email keith.levenson@vermont.gov]
  • Residential Building Energy Labeling Working Group: Thursday, April 9th, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 PM​. [To attend online or by phone, please email keith.levenson@vermont.gov]
​Previous Meetings

​The initial meetings of each Building Energy Labeling Working Group were convened in November. Both Working Groups will be holding monthly meetings thereafter, which will be posted on this page. Meeting minutes will be posted below once they are approved by the respective groups.

March Meetings

  • Commercial Building Energy Labeling Working Group: Friday, March 13th, 2020, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM​
  • Residential Building Energy Labeling Working Group: Thursday, March 12th, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

February Meetings

January Meetings

December Meetings:

​November Meetings:

Commercial Energy Labeling Working Group

The Commercial Energy Labeling Working Group, which includes multifamily housing, met in 2014 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.

Development of a Voluntary Commercial/Multifamily/Mixed-Use Building Energy Label

Public Comments

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.

Commercial and Multifamily Building Label Survey Results

Residential Energy Labeling Working Group

Public Comments

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.

Final Report

Pursuant to Act 89 of 2013, 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

Final Report

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