13 August 2012

Information is Truly Power Under Austin's Energy Audit Ordinance

Recently I had the opportunity to write an article for Sierra Club Green Home regarding Austin's new-ish ordinance requiring energy audits before home sales (among other requirements for commercial and multi-family properties) in order to encourage owners to make energy-efficiency improvements. Excerpts from the article? Don't mind if I do:

Austin, the fourth largest city in Texas, has established a goal of offsetting 800 megawatts of peak energy demand by 2020. The city’s Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance has begun to bear fruit by inserting energy-efficiency into the dialogue between buyers and sellers and between landlords and tenants.

The ordinance, adopted in 2008, requires sellers of homes over ten years old to have an energy audit performed and then provide the report to the buyer prior to sale. This enables the buyer to either request energy-efficiency upgrades as part of the transaction or to undertake them after closing. The ECAD audit addresses aspects of the property such as the condition and estimated R-value of the attic insulation, the percentage of air leakage through the duct system, and the energy-efficiency rating of the air-conditioning equipment.

Read the full article, and see more pictures (some of which you might recognize) here.

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