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New SEED Application Enables HPXML Import/Export

The Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform (SEED Platform) can now import and export residential buildings data in HPXML as part of the SEED buildings database application. This new feature, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will allow governments, home performance programs, and other users to update property records in the database with HPXML data and to retrieve that data as HPXML at a later time.  Several home performance programs across the country are currently using HPXML to collect and exchange

HPC Submits Comments to RESNET on Proposed Data Access Policy

Home Performance Coalition (HPC) submitted comments to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Board on November 30, 2017 on its proposed policy on RESNET access to data in the RESNET National Buildings Registry. The RESNET National Buildings Registry contains multiple significant data points about a home’s performance and energy attributes that can impact its value if that information is available to homebuyers, realtors, appraisers, and lenders at the time of listing. Lenders and appraisers, in

Building a Market for High-Performing Homes

There is a growing number of labels, scores, and certifications in the market today that assign a metric of performance to existing and new homes that include energy efficiency features. Some residential scores and labels are national, like the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score, but many are local or regional. In the absence of a federal mandate certifying the energy performance of all homes (similar to many European policies), the private sector has stepped

Data Standards Roadmap Released for Industry Review

On March 19th, the first day of the 2017 National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show, the Home Performance Coalition will be releasing a Data Standards Roadmap for stakeholder review. The Data Standards Roadmap identifies priorities and actions for driving data standardization in the residential energy efficiency industry, including: 1. Developing a clear explanation of how savings can be achieved through standardization for industry stakeholders; 2. Ensuring HPXML remains updated and coordinated with other industry

An Eye towards National: New Data & Technology Sessions

For the first time this year, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) will highlight almost 20 sessions at its 2017 HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show that are focused on how programs and businesses are using new technologies and data analytics to improve operations, reduce costs, and more accurately monitor and diagnose building performance. These sessions will not be part of a formal track on the conference agenda, but instead marketed as a group

Portland Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

On December 14, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted an Ordinance requiring home energy scores for single family homes listed for sale. This innovative new policy will help Portland create jobs for its home performance contractors and assessors, reduce carbon emissions, and help the city’s consumers save money on energy. The Home Performance Coalition (HPC) collaborated with the Home Performance Guild of Oregon (HP Guild), Earth Advantage and other stakeholders to support the Ordinance’s passage.

HPXML Dominates Residential Market

The Home Performance Extensible Markup Language (HPXML) has been gaining traction in the residential energy efficiency industry over the last few years as software developers continue to adopt the data standard and new resources are released to the market to help programs integrate the standard into their operations. On December 30, 2016, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) released its 2016 Existing Homes Program Overview. This annual report characterizes the existing homes program market for