Supports Homebuyer Remodeling to Improve Energy Efficiency of Newly Purchased One- to Four-Family Homes

August 21, 2019

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the launch of the second phase of its multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot (Pilot) initially launched in February. NYSERDA is seeking applications from licensed home inspectors to deliver home energy ratings during pre-purchase inspections to support homebuyer remodeling of a newly purchased one- to four-family home. Today’s announcement advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2025 energy efficiency target of 185 trillion BTUs in energy savings and his Green New Deal, the most aggressive climate and clean energy program in the nation.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, “Reducing energy use in homes provides a foundation for greater statewide energy savings and advances us another step towards meeting Governor Cuomo’s energy efficiency target by 2025. Piloting home energy ratings with home inspectors offers New York homebuyers access to a useful and informative tool that will identify energy efficient needs, features and upgrade opportunities to inform future remodeling decisions that will help them lower energy costs and increase the comfort of their homes.”

Under this program, licensed home inspectors will be selected to deliver home energy ratings to homebuyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection, an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home, to help them understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing. Home energy ratings are similar to a miles per gallon rating on a car, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 percent of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete. Qualified home inspectors will be selected through a competitive process. Interested individuals can apply on NYSERDA’s website by October 3, 2019.

Two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. Six locations across the state were selected to evaluate the impact the rating systems will have on consumer awareness and demand for energy efficiency services in different geographic areas.

Home Energy Score will be offered in:

  • Queens
  • Broome County
  • Town of Tonawanda

Pearl Home Certification will be offered in:

  • Staten Island
  • Tompkins County
  • Town of Irondequoit

NYSERDA will conduct an informational webinar for phase two on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST during which NYSERDA will review the requirements of the solicitation and answer questions. Applicants who intend to participate must register hereLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

NYSERDA’s Home Energy Rating Pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020. Phase one of the home energy ratings pilot was launched earlier this year to select qualified contractors to provide owners of one- to four- family homes with independent, trustworthy home energy performance information. Future phases of the pilot are expected to launch in the coming months.

Funding for this program is part of the state’s 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund, a core component of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

New York State's Green New Deal

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate change program in the nation and puts the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy, including power generation, transportation, buildings, industry and agriculture. The Governor's program also establishes a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any state in the nation. The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates several of the Governor's ambitious Green New Deal clean energy targets: installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025 and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. The CLCPA also calls for an orderly and just transition to clean energy, creating jobs while spurring a green economy. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector, and 1,700% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012. The CLCPA also directs New York State's agencies and authorities to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and to work toward a goal of investing 40 percent of clean energy and energy efficiency resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.


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