The Missouri Division of Energy, in collaboration with Earth Advantage, launched the Green Building Registry™ (GBR) for Missouri. Designed to automatically pull home energy data through an application programming interface (API) connection, the GBR is built to download data from qualified sources like the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Home Energy Score™ (HES or HEScore), Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and other qualified certification and energy efficiency programs. In Missouri, GBR also uses energy efficiency data to generate the custom-design Missouri scorecard. This platform provides an array of services, and offers the potential to auto-populate home energy data into real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS). The GBR performs functions that are essential to communicate the value of accurate and verified home energy data with interested and invested parties at the time of sale. To learn how to use GBR, Earth Advantage has created a YouTube tutorial playlist.
Accurate, Safe and Secure
The Green Building Registry™ reports accurate, third party-verified home energy data by only using data from verified sources like the DOE HEScore™ and RESNET®, local utility providers, and other verified sources. Data is safely collected via an API connection. Collected energy data is managed in a home profile that is securely stored using the DOE Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform™ (SEED Platform). The SEED Platform is designed to manage multiple sets of data about homes in a single location; while automating formatting, matching, cleaning, and validating data to identify errors.
Information reported on the Green Building Registry™ does not contain personal identification information. Homeowners have the option to choose whether home energy data is publically or privately held on the GBR and may request a status change at any time.
The Green Building Registry™ ensures home energy information is a part of the conversation when listing and selling homes. Now, real estate agents have the capability to easily locate home energy data to place in a home listing. Multiple Listing Services can optionally choose to connect to the Green Building Registry™ proprietary API, which allows real estate agents to instantly import third party verified home energy data into home listings on their MLS simply by the click of a button. The GBR converts all key home energy data points into the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) data dictionary format. By accurately communicating energy efficiency attributes and performance of homes during the sale process, the GBR effectively conveys the value of energy efficiency in the real estate market. This platform allows homeowners to realize the worth of energy efficient investments in their home while also providing the leverage for appraisers to use verified data to include in the asset rating of a home at the time of sale. It also provides verified energy efficiency and green home data at the time of sale to real estate agents for their listings.
Consistent and Custom Reporting
Home energy reports are readily accessible through the multiple services offered by the Green Building Registry™. Home energy information is made available through public search. Regional MLSs have the option of working with Earth Advantage to gain access to GBR’s API, allowing the instantaneous import of RESO compliant data directly into their listing. Now, interested parties have the ability to search by home address to access home energy information documented in consolidated, easy-to-understand reports, custom scorecards, and certifications online. The GBR uses home energy data to automatically generate easily understood scorecards and Missouri Home Energy Certification (MHEC) in accordance with home performance data resulting from a home energy audit. Missouri Home Energy Scorecards report:
- Home Profile
- Assessment Information
- Home Score and Rating System
- Estimated Energy Consumption
- Estimated Home Energy Costs
HERS Index Score Card
The Green Building Registry™ will automatically certify a home qualifying for a State-issued Gold or Silver Certificate in accordance with the Missouri Home Energy Certification (MHEC) program guidelines. Homes that score an 8 or higher on the DOE Home Energy Score (HEScore), a 65 or lower on the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, or Columbia Water & Light’s Efficiency Score (CWL Efficiency Score) backed by a HEScore of 8 or higher, may achieve a gold certificate. While homes that show energy efficiency has been improved by a significant margin or a majority of the cost-effective energy efficiency measures recommended by a home energy auditor have been completed may achieve a silver certificate. For more information about the Missouri Home Energy Certification program visit: energy.mo.gov/mhec
Real Estate Agents
Real estate market trends show that homebuyers are looking for energy efficient homes. Efficient homes experience lower utility costs allowing the borrower to stretch their income-to-debt ratio, making it easier to qualify for a larger mortgage. Also, energy efficient homes attract attention in a competitive market allowing real estate agents to ask for a premium, while marketing the higher resale value, affordability and overall comfort of the home. The Green Building Registry enables real estate agents to directly access third-party verified home energy data through the GBR public portal. Optionally, they can work with their MLS to connect to the Green Building Registry™ API to effortlessly pull data into a listing with the click of a button. Imported information is pulled from reliable and verified sources, undergoes quality assurance and validation procedures, is clearly documented, and formatted in accordance with the RESO data dictionary before it is made available for MLS listings. The GBR eliminates the need for real estate agents to track down documentation of energy information and related documents. Home search results will include links to downloadable reports including home energy scorecards and certifications. The information captured in these reports is automatically updated with the most recent home energy audit and supporting data. The provided links can serve as a useful reference to accurately document home energy information in a listing if API connection with MLSs is not an option.
- Agents can use the Green Building RegistryTM to look up houses that fit the needs of their potential home buyers.
- Listing properties and utilizing the Green Building RegistryTM can potentially help sell the property at a higher price since the future homeowner(s) will be spending less on bills.
Missouri homeowners, as well as those who are considering home ownership, have the ability to view and download accurate home energy information online at any time. Through the public website, the GBR facilitates access to home energy reports including a home scorecard and applicable certifications, by entering a home address. Search results display home energy information detailing the home profile, the latest home energy audit, home score and rating system information, energy consumption by utility and estimated home energy costs. Home profiles and scorecards are designed to be clear, concise and meaningful resources to be used as a reference when retrofitting or making cost effective improvements, and as a guide when buying or selling a home. Information shown on the GBR does not contain personal identification information and is securely backed up to the DOE SEED™ Platform. Homeowners have the option to choose whether home energy data is publicly or privately held on the GBR and may request a status change at any time. When home energy information is considered private, the home profile will indicate a home energy audit or score was conducted but will not reveal any information.
- Having the house listed on the Green Building RegistryTM will help the homeowner have a better understanding of the energy efficiency of their home and will narrow down options to optimize their score.
- Optimizing the GBR Score will assist in saving the homeowner(s) on their bills.
Missouri certified home energy auditors now have the many capabilities of the Green Building Registry™ at their fingertips. This platform allows for the automatic import of home energy information through Earth Advantage’s proprietary API, built to connect with qualified sources like the US DOE HEScore, RESNET, and other green certification and energy efficiency programs. Through a fast and user-friendly workflow, auditors have the toolset to securely display and communicate home energy scores and data in a clear, meaningful manner with clients. The GBR enables auditors and homeowners to showcase home energy information on a publicly held platform that can be accessed at any time online, through downloadable reports. The GBR integrates uploaded information from multiple entities making it easy to recognize and valuate energy efficiency features in homes, underscoring the benefit of home energy audits and the advantage of knowing how a home performs.
- Efficiency Contractors can utilize the GBR to input data from energy audits to create a scorecard for a specific home.
- Information in one database, the efficiency contractor will not have to use a multitude of databases to hold the home’s data.
The Green Building Registry™ provides appraisers with access to credible resources which document a home’s energy efficiency attributes. Now, appraisers can easily identify energy efficiency features, understand the added value these aspects contribute to the home, and account for these in the home appraisal report. The GBR pulls data from reliable and verified sources through direct API connection; all information is securely backed up to the DOE SEED™ Platform, and safely displayed on the home profile when accessed online. Home information and associated documentation such as home energy scorecards and certifications, can be downloaded or viewed directly from the home profile. Access to accurate, third-party verified home energy data gives appraisers the documentation necessary to valuate energy efficient home attributes, consequently helping to improve market uptake of efficiency in new and retrofitted homes.
- Appraiser can easily identify energy efficiency features and account for the efficiency features on the appraisal report.
- The GBR pulls data from reliable and verified sources; all information is securely backed up to the Department of Energy SEED™ Platform.
- GBR helps improve the market value in new and retrofitted homes.
High performance, energy efficient homes experience lower utility costs allowing the borrower to stretch their income-to-debt ratio when qualifying for a mortgage. Studies have shown that homeowners who purchase a highly energy efficient home are less likely to default on their loan. When homeowners save on utility costs, they have more income to spend on their mortgage making them more confident borrowers. Home energy efficiency provides the leverage for borrowers to qualify for a larger loan while also reducing the risk of default. The Green Building Registry™ makes it easier for homebuyers to pinpoint energy efficient homes and make more informed decisions at the time of purchase. Additionally, those who are selling, refinancing, or remodeling can reference home energy information on GBR to guide decisions regarding cost-effective, energy-saving improvements and retrofits that increase the potential resale value of the home.
- Homeowners who purchase a highly energy efficient home are less likely to default on their loan.
- The Green Building Registry™ makes it easier for homebuyers to pinpoint energy efficient homes and make more informed decisions at the time of purchase
- Energy Efficient improvements and retrofits increase the potential resale value of the home.