Home Performance Certificate

The standard provides a clear description of the home energy upgrade that can be used as a reference document by realtors, appraisers, and other professionals during the home sale process.

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The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program has adopted the Home Performance Certificate Standard. If you are administering a home performance program, you may adopt a Certificate of Efficiency Improvements that is formatted and branded by the program.

Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project are currently issuing a Certificate of Efficiency Improvements to homeowners that complete the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program.

View a sample certificate here.

The Home Performance Certificate is a BPI data standard that creates a bridge between the energy efficiency and real estate industries. The Home Performance Certificate standardizes data about a home’s energy efficient features that is presented to real estate agents (via MLS systems), appraisers and underwriters.

The Home Performance Certificate also facilitates the flow of information about a home’s energy efficient characteristics from an issuing program into the real estate value chain (i.e., into MLS systems and to appraisers via documents such as the Appraisal Institute’s Residential Green and Energy Efficiency Addendum).

The standard supports the development of two types of certificates:

Certificate of Efficiency Improvements provides information about the energy efficiency improvements installed.

Certificate of Performance provides information about energy efficiency improvements installed plus quantitative information about a home’s performance (e.g., Home Energy Score or projected energy consumption).

A BPI-2101 compliant certificate is issued to homeowners at the completion of an energy efficiency project by a program that is able to conduct third-party quality assurance. 

Certificates may be attached to an MLS listing sheet and shown to the buyer and buyer’s agent as a demonstration of the home’s relative energy efficiency and related attributes. Appraisers and underwriters may also use them as a source of information about characteristics of a home related to energy consumption and energy savings.

Because each of the HPXML data points described in the standard are aligned with the Real Estate Standards Organization's (RESO) Data Dictionary and the Appraisal Institute's Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum, information about energy efficiency upgrades can be auto-populated into MLS.