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Hey Portlanders!

Did you know that starting in 2018 all sellers in the City of Portland will be required to complete a professional energy audit before listing their home? The Portland City Council unanimously adopted the home energy score ordinance (Portland City Code Chapter 17.108on December 14, 2016, and it will take effect on January 1, 2018. With the initiation of this program, Portland is once again leading the nation towards responsible and sustainable living practices.

What is a Home Energy Score?

A Home Energy Score is a market-based solution for conveying previously unknown but critical information to both buyers and sellers of homes. Similar to miles per gallon on a car, the HES is a measure of a home’s energy use and costs. When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their homes, those costs may be recouped as scores translate into a value that can be recognized by the market.

Beyond lower energy bills and greater housing affordability, energy-efficient homes are more comfortable and livable. The indoor air quality of these homes is often better, leading to healthier habitats. Home energy scores offer consumers a measure of calculation and protection when making one of the biggest financial investments of their lives.

Benefits for owners:

  • Shows the best ways to invest money in energy-saving home improvements

Benefits for Buyers:

  • Better insight into the true costs of owning a home
  • Ability to compare energy costs and performance between homes
  • Knowledge of potential home improvements in advance of purchase
  • Access to additional mortgage products

Benefits for Sellers:

  • Recoup investments in energy efficiency upgrades at time of sale


The Portland Home Energy Score program will begin on January 1, 2018. The ordinance requires sellers of single-family homes to:

  • Obtain a home energy report, including a home energy score, from a licensed home energy assessor
  • Provide a copy of the home energy score to the listing real estate agent
  • Include the energy score in any real estate listing
  • Provide a copy of the performance report to prospective buyers who visit the home while the listing is active
  • Provide a copy of the performance report to the City of Portland

Since this will be a new requirement in 2018, there may be some growing pains associated with launching the program. If you are planning to sell in the new year we would suggest booking your audit a couple months before you plan to list your home to ensure that you do not run into any delays when you are ready to hit the market.

To read more about the City of Portland Home Energy Score policy, go to
We have had clients use Neil Kelly to audit and report scoring. You can also visit Energy Trust of Oregon‘s website for more vendors.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

PDX Green Team is proud to be certified as ADU Specialists

Portland is leading the country in sustainable housing as well as ADU construction. With specialty training from Earth Advantage, our team is excited to help our clients understand the world of Accessory Dwelling Units.

As our population increases and urban areas become denser, adding additional living space to an already existing property allows for rental income, multigenerational living, and flexibility of housing as an owner’s needs change through the years. The city of Portland is offering incentives for ADU construction, but they are not guaranteed forever. If you are thinking of building an ADU, now is the time! Our team can help answer your questions and connect you with resources to make the goal of building an ADU a reality.

Want to learn more? Here are some wonderful websites and classes that can help!

City of Portland’s Development Services – Our city’s guide to designing, building and permitting your ADU

Accessory Dwellings – A grand source of ADU info compiled by the local expert Kol Peterson

Small Backyard Homes –  A course on ADUs offered by Portland State University

Looking for a home with an already-built ADU? We can help with that too. Give us a call and we’ll help get your search underway.


Bio - Darcie

Darcie’s clients have been known to call her “Eagle Eye” as she pays close attention to all of the little (and big) details throughout the duration of the purchase or sale of their home, from condition issues to ensuring the terms of the contract have been met, it is her goal as a trusted advocate to make her clients feel well cared for.

Darcie brings a unique perspective to the business, with over 12 years experience working as a licensed Portland Realtor, she is also a native Oregonian with a background in the computer science and customer service industries. She prides herself on setting realistic expectations, being a clear and consistent communicator, while laughing and making a somewhat stressful experience as enjoyable as possible.

Darcie enjoys Portland’s vast and vibrant food scene, spending time with her family and working in her garden. She can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than enjoying a picnic and a glass of wine with good friends.

Darcie loves the tree-lined streets and grand old homes found in east Portland’s Irvington and Ladd’s Addition, because it reminds her of the South, and feels rich with history.

Designations and Awards: Principal Real Estate Broker, Earth Advantage Accredited, ADU Specialist, Certified Staging Agent, Portland Monthly Magazine 5 Star Realtor, Willamette Week’s Best Real Estate Agent 2016, Multi-Million Dollar Producer