Home Energy Scores to Rate Home Values
and REQUIRE Energy Upgrades Costing Thousands
NOW a REQUIREMENT – Soon for EVERYONE
Everyone will “PAY”
Landlords and ALL Other Property Owners will be forced to retrofit all apartments and buildings
Tenants may find code enforcement will NOT allow occupancy if owners do not have the funds to retrofit as required and tenants could be forced to relocate
Retrofits include and are not limited to:
If your property is considered to be in a flood plain, or in a low lying coastal area, in a fire zone, or other area where climate change destruction is increasing (which is everywhere) you will find it difficult to obtain insurance or worse unable to obtain insurance coverage at all. You will be unable to sell your property. Many people will become climate refugees and forced to relocate, or move into an RV, or tent city as many people are now experiencing – called
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EXAMPLE in Portland – Home Energy Score
* Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, home seller’s in Portland, Oregon have been required to get a Home Energy Score, or a HERS home energy rating score.
* Must be completed by licensed Home Energy Assessment contractor prior to listing home for sale
* Intended to help meet Portland’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 40% below 1990 levels and help buyers make more “knowledgeable decisions about the full costs of operating a home.
Any building owner or person who fails, omits, neglects, or refuses to comply with the provisions of this Chapter shall be subject to:
Upon the first violation, the Director may issue a written warning notice to the entity or person, describing the violation and steps required to comply.
If the violation is not remedied within 90 days after issue of written warning notice, the Director may assess a civil penalty of up to $500. For every subsequent 180-day period during which the violation continues, the Director may assess additional civil penalties of up to $500.
What Are You Required To Do With The Energy Score?
Provide a copy of the home energy performance report:
To all licensed real estate agents working on the seller’s behalf;
Have a printed copy available to prospective buyers who visit the home while it is listed publicly for sale; and
To the Director for quality assurance and evaluation of policy compliance; and
Include the Home Energy Performance Score in all real estate listings, including the Home Energy Performance Report
Only the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability or his or her authorized representative, designee or agent can exempt a property from the requirements.
Vertically stacked units (condos) Insider Comment: This exemption allows the dense housing – smart city housing and excludes rural/country unsustainable and sprawl
Buildings used primarily for commercial purposes
A foreclosure sale,
A trustee’s sale,
A deed-in-lieu of foreclosure sale, or
Any pre-foreclosure sale in which seller has reached an agreement with the mortgage holder to sell the property for an amount less than the amount owed on the mortgage.
Undue Hardship Exemptions
The covered building qualifies for sale at public auction or acquisition by a public agency due to arrears for property taxes,
A court appointed receiver is in control of the covered building due to financial distress,
The senior mortgage on the covered building is subject to a notice of default
The low-income qualified seller demonstrates household income is at or below 60 percent of median household income for the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
The Home Energy Score Report Contains
The home energy performance score and an explanation of the score;
An estimate of the total annual energy used in the home in retail units of energy, by fuel type;
An estimate of the total annual energy generated by on-site solar electric, wind electric, hydroelectric, and solar water heating systems in retail units of energy, by type of fuel displaced by the generation;
An estimate of the total monthly or annual cost of energy purchased for use in the covered building in dollars, by fuel type, based on the current average annual retail residential energy price of the utility serving the covered building at the time of the report and the average annual energy prices of non-regulated fuels, by fuel type, as provided by the Oregon Department of Energy;
The current average annual utility retail residential energy price in dollars, by fuel type, and the average annual energy prices of non-regulated fuels, by fuel type, provided by the Oregon Department of Energy and used to determine the costs described in this section;
At least one comparison home energy performance score that provides context for the range of possible scores. Examples of comparison homes include, but are not limited to, a similar home with Oregon’s average energy consumption, the same home built to Oregon energy code, and the same home with certain energy efficiency upgrades;
The name of the entity that assigned the home energy performance score and that entity’s Construction Contractors Board license number;
The date the building energy assessment was performed
Q. Does this policy harm vulnerable people, like elders on fixed incomes, who may need to sell a home they have lived in for decades?
A. The cost of getting a home energy score is low ($150-$250). The cost of doing an upgrade to increase the total value and selling price of the home, as well as giving the home a better home energy score, ranges from $5,000-$15,000 on average.
The policy will begin to help the market more correctly value homes by clearly recognizing energy costs as a component of the cost of owning a home. In a down market, homes that have below-average home energy scores may not compare as favorably to similar homes that have better energy scores
Q. Will this policy lead to more demolitions of older homes?
A. No. In analyzing all the scores delivered nationwide to date, the U.S. Department of Energy has found a very weak correlation between home vintage and low home energy scores. This means that smaller, older homes will not necessarily score lower than newer homes. DOE found a much stronger correlation between square footage and low home energy scores. This means that larger homes of any age are likely to score lower than smaller homes.
Q. Will this policy help Portland to reduce carbon emissions?
A. Yes. The City of Austin passed an energy audit report disclosure requirement in 2009. The City found that from 2009 to 2011, about 6 percent of homes undertook home energy retrofits as a result of disclosure. To accelerate consumer action in favor of energy upgrades, the City of Austin moved the time of disclosure earlier in the transaction to better inform consumer decision-making. Berkeley also moved its disclosure requirement earlier in the sale process for a similar reason. Portland has learned lessons from the experience in Austin and Berkeley and is thus specifically requiring disclosure at time of listing to maximize the positive benefits of the policy.
OPower (owned by Oracle) provides utility customers with information about their energy use in context to their neighbor’s energy use, similar to the type of comparison provided by the US DOE Home Energy Score. Evaluations of OPower’s business model have demonstrated reliable and persistent energy savings in the range of 1.5-2.5 percent, simply by providing consumers with information on energy use in comparison to their neighbors.
AND……. THE CITY OF BERKELY, CA HAS AN “ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT”, WHICH HAS WHAT ARE CALLED REGISTERED ENERGY ASSESSORS. THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN DECEMBER, 2015. ONLY ENERGY SERVICE PROVIDERS REGISTERED WITH THE CITY OF BERKELEY (REGISTERED ENERGY ASSESSORS) WILL BE ABLE TO CONDUCT BESO (Building Energy Saving Ordinance) ASSESSMENTS.
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IMPACT ON HOMEOWNERS WITH OLDER AC UNITS
WILL YOUR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM NEED TO BE REPLACED BY 2020?
AQM wants to help clear the air about Freon and older air conditioning systems. Here’s what you need to know.
NEW REFRIGERANT REGULATIONS IN EFFECT FOR 2020
For decades, Freon, also known as HCFC-22 and R-22, was the main refrigerant chemical used in residential air conditioning units and heat pumps. To help protect the ozone layer, the EPA has mandated that the production of Freon be stopped by January 2020.
The good news is that new air conditioning systems made since 2010 no longer rely on Freon. Most newer AC units use a refrigerant called R410A, or Puron. This chemical is an HFC (hydrofluorocarbon), but has been shown not to harm the ozone and, since 2015, has become the standard for residential air conditioning.
IMPACT ON HOMEOWNERS WITH OLDER AC UNITS
Freon is really an environmental hazard if it leaks or is disposed of improperly. Freon-based HVAC units that still function properly don’t need to be replaced now either. Beginning in 2020, Freon will no longer be produced or imported, but limited amounts will still be available. Older systems can be serviced or recharged with refrigerant using stocks of HCFC-22 until the 2020 date. After that, technicians will need to source recycled Freon to keep an old cooling system running.
Here’s a quick timeline to clarify the important dates in coming years for homeowners with air conditioning units made before 2010:
Up to 2020 – Older systems can be serviced with stock Freon.
2020 – The end of Freon production and importation.
After 2020 – Older systems can be serviced with recycled Freon.
How the new refrigerant regulations regarding Freon will affect homeowners starting in 2020 depends on the age of their air conditioning unit.
Retrofitting Older AC Systems
If the coils are compatible with R410A refrigerant, HVAC technicians can replace the outdoor unit without needing to modify other components throughout your house. This solution can be expensive, but it will keep your current AC system working. Plus, switching to R410A may actually make it more energy efficient. Routine service is more important for these retrofitted systems to prevent leaks and any harmful effect on the environment.
Replacing Older AC Systems
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Chennai’s the latest city to have almost run out of water, and other cities could follow suit
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Chennai is a city that has withstood the rise and fall of empires, but it now faces a grave existential crisis as it runs dry due to a severe water shortage, leaving millions in the lurch.
This week, taps ran dry as water levels in its four major reservoirs fell to one-hundredth of what they were this time last year, caused by a devastating drought.
The crisis in India’s sixth-largest city — with a population bigger than Melbourne and Sydney combined — has pushed schools, hotels and commercial establishments to close, while hospitals have put off non-essential surgeries.
Millions of people are lining up at water trucks to fill containers of water in a crisis that’s hit urban and rural Indians alike, and usually only half leave with their pots filled.
But the problem isn’t confined to Chennai — in the western state of Maharashtra, some are so desperate for water they are lining up their pots two days before water tankers are due to arrive.
Children as young as 10 were being sent to fetch water a train ride away, hauling back containers of water almost as big as they were.
While India faces its worst long-term water crisis in its history as demand outstrips supply, its story is one that is becoming increasingly common in rapidly urbanising countries around the globe.
Urbanisation and poor planning drive water scarcity
Abroad, climate change — coupled with rapid urbanisation and population growth — have brought issues around water scarcity and security into focus.
Amid this context, attention has been cast on how municipal authorities have mismanaged the responses to these mounting ecological crises.
Cape Town, a city of more than 4.2 million people in South Africa, faced its worst water crisis in history between 2015 and mid-2018.
As dam levels fell to record lows, some at less than 10 per cent, authorities prepared for Day Zero — where taps were to be shut off with citizens restricted to 25 litres per day.
In Northern Africa, the Egyptian capital of Cairo could run out of water because Ethiopia is damming the Nile River, which currently provides the city with 97 per cent of its water supply.
In the United States, damming of the Colorado River — combined with a 19-year drought — has led some officials to determine that some reservoirs fed by the river will never be full again.
The Colorado stretches across the southwest of the country, being a source of water for some of the region’s biggest cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas.
In Asia, 3.4 billion people could be living in “water stressed areas” by 2050, according to a 2016 Asia Development Bank (ADB) report.
“Water shortage should be treated as a permanent ongoing issue,” said Thuy Trang Dang, an urban development and water specialist at the ADB’s Southeast Asia office.
Diets filled with more water-demanding meat and dairy products and general growth in consumption also mean “the issue will only become more pressing unless dealt with not as a one-time crisis but as a way of life”, she said.
Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent, not immune
Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent.
Over centuries, Australia’s environment has absorbed a number of dry spells, but recent pressures are disrupting a traditionally resilient environment.
The Murray-Darling Basin — a vast river system that stretches across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland — faces severe stress as a result of drought and what a 2019 royal commission said was due to “gross maladministration”.
“Australia has an uncertain climate that looks like it may be becoming drier in the south, where the majority of the population live,” says Ian Wright of the University of Western Sydney.
Experts have said that Cape Town-style crisis could theoretically play out in Perth, which shares the problem of a drying climate.
The construction of two large desalination plants, however, will likely mean that the West Australian capital is better prepared for climate change than its South African counterpart.
Melbourne, which previously only had a year’s supply of water at the height of the Millennium Drought, also has a desalination plant.
The plant, combined with a pipeline fed from the Goulburn River in Victoria’s north, now have the potential to supply over half of the city’s water.
But according to a report from Melbourne Water in 2017, projections show that it is possible the city’s demand for water could exceed the capacity of its existing sources of water by 2028.
Melbourne could be facing shortfalls of more than 450GL (almost the entire volume of Sydney Harbour) per year by 2065, if water resources weren’t managed well, it said.
Chennai tells the story of a changing world
Part of the reason for Chennai’s current predicament is due to its groundwater depletion, a situation that government think-tank Niti Aayog warned about last year.
It said it was one of 21 cities that it thought could run out of ground water by 2020.
India uses more ground water than any other country, a problem successive governments have failed to tackle, said environmental campaigner Himanshu Thakkar.
“We use more groundwater than what China and the United States collectively use,” Mr Thakkar said.
“Countries like the US identify and protect their groundwater recharge zones. What have we done?”
But Chennai’s groundwater depletion isn’t the sole reason for its current crisis, as drier climatic conditions have exacerbated water scarcity.
Drought followed a 62 per cent shortfall in monsoon rains last year compared to 2017, according to government officials.
Meteorologists said monsoon rains usually cover two-thirds of the country by mid-June. However, they currently have reached less than half that area.
But the monsoon’s progress is expected to pick up in the next 10 days.
Poor rainfall has ravaged crops, dried up reservoirs and forced people to migrate from their villages.
In Maharashtra, many have gone to work farming sugar cane — a thirsty crop that devours two-thirds of its irrigation water, exacerbating the problem.
Meanwhile, in northern and eastern parts of India, temperatures soared to 48 degrees Celsius.
In one eastern state, Bihar, at least 90 people have died of heat stroke this month alone.
The state of Tamil Nadu, where Chennai is located, has asked other states across the country for spare water until monsoon rains fall.
Shimatsu – ‘The Man From Soma-Han’
Although by no means a jockey, I’ve ridden horses along the Sierra Nevada as a boy, in Japan in my teens, and in adulthood through the Nepalese Himalayas and in the Gobi and Kumtag Deserts. There was a moment in time when a murderous gang of smugglers was chasing me up a slope in the Mustang region of Nepal, but my little mountain horse hopped like a bullfrog up the rocky slope leaving the bad guys and their Arabian stallions in the dust. After the close call, that black horse was happily galloping along the gravel of the Kali Gandhaki, River of the Death Goddess, with me, both arms outstretched, letting go of the reins that waved in the wind and whooping in wild abandon.
The plan bans the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Those remaining on the road after 2030 will not be issued new NCT certificates after 2045.
CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN SEES NO NEW PETROL OR DIESEL CARS AFTER 2030 AND NO NCT FOR POLLUTING CARS AFTER 2045
The end of petrol and diesel cars in Ireland, as well as the end of oil and gas boilers in homes, has been announced by the Government as part of a new climate change plan.
In a dramatic bid to tackle climate change, and meet our EU targets on emissions, councils will be handed the power to restrict access to certain parts of towns and cities to zero-emissions vehicles only, under the ambitious new environmental plan.
And no petrol or diesel cars will be sold after 2030, with all such vehicles effectively banned from the road by 2045.
The new climate change plan will see no petrol or diesel cars will be sold after 2030, with all such vehicles effectively banned from the road by 2045. Pic: Rollingnews.ie : Sam BoalThe plan also says that a ‘roadmap’ will be developed, with a mix of taxation and subsidy policies in order to entice people to move toward electric cars.
According to the Government’s Climate Action Plan, revealed yesterday by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Environment Minister Richard Bruton, a regulatory framework will be developed on low emissions and parking pricing policies to provide local authorities with the enhanced powers.
The Department of Transport will this year commission a review of the plan and recommend appropriate responses for Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick in Ireland.
The Government’s Climate Action Plan was revealed yesterday by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Pic Gerard McCarthyThe Climate Action Plan contains 180 measures to lower the country’s carbon emissions, including incentives to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles, retro-fitting gas boilers in homes, increasing the carbon tax, and a scheme to sell any electricity a home generates back into the grid.
The Government’s plan aims to reduce Ireland’s overall carbon emissions by 20% by 2030 before becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
The plan bans the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Those remaining on the road after 2030 will not be issued new NCT certificates after 2045.
The plan bans the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Pic: Collins DublinThe Government’s aims to have 950,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and is planning to vastly increase the number of charging stations which currently service around 10,000 electric vehicles across the country.
This will include more than 90 high-powered chargers along the national road network, the installation of 50 new fast chargers, and the replacement of over 250 standard chargers.
From 2025, new non-residential buildings with more than 10 parking spaces will have at least one recharging point installed. There will also be a minimum number of recharging points required for all existing non-residential buildings with more than 20 parking spaces.
The Government’s aims to have 950,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030. Pic: ShutterstockA government source told Extra.ie: ‘Giving local authorities new powers to restrict certain areas to low emission vehicles would allow local authorities to make a positive impact on air quality and cut emissions.’
The plan also proposes a number of measures for other sectors.
There will be an effective ban on the installation of oil boilers from 2022, and on the installation of gas boilers from 2025, in all new dwellings through the introduction of new regulatory standards for home heating systems.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD. Pic: Gareth Chaney CollinsThere is also a plan to retrofit 400,000 homes and businesses with heat pumps, replacing existing oil and solid fuel boilers.
Carbon tax is set to rise to at least €80 per tonne by 2030, which will be incrementally increased over successive budgets.
A new microgeneration scheme will also be introduced, allowing homeowners to generate their own electricity and sell what they don’t use back to the grid.
The plan calls for the elimination of non-recyclable plastic and the introduction of higher fees on the production of materials which are difficult to recycle.
The proposal, in line with new EU rules, also calls for the implementation of a ban on single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds.
The proposal also calls for the implementation of a ban on single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds. Pic: ShutterstockThe Government aims to move to 70pc renewable energy by 2030.
On the plan, the Taoiseach said: ‘We are making change now, before it is too late. We recognise that Government doesn’t have all the answers. So we will work with people, industry and communities to chart the best and most inclusive way forward.’
Minister Richard Bruton said the Government needed to act now to leave a ‘better, healthier, more sustainable Ireland for future generations’.
‘This plan sets out radical reforms, which will cut our reliance on carbon, making our businesses more competitive, our homes more sustainable and our farms more efficient,’ he said.
Reacting to the Climate Action Plan, Sinn Fein’s Climate spokesman Brian Stanley said: ‘The Government does not have an ambitious enough action plan for renewable energy. We want to see our economy transition to a green economy. This has to be done in a manner that protects lower income families and ensures that ordinary people do not carry an unjust share of the burden.’