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Policy Development Process

The Portland Home Energy Score program is currently being developed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in collaboration with stakeholders and partner agencies.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability led a policy development process throughout 2016 that resulted in the adoption of Portland City Code Chapter 17.108: Residential Energy Performance Rating and Disclosure.

In developing the policy, BPS staff researched best practices from cities around the U.S. and other countries. Staff interviewed experts who have studied and analyzed home energy disclosure policies. BPS consulted with a range of local stakeholders, including representatives from the real-estate industry, energy efficiency and home performance industry, energy efficiency advocates, equity organizations representing low-income homeowners, communities of color, tenants and advocates for homeownership and affordable housing, as well as with regular Portlanders.

After three City Council hearings and several amendments, Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve the home energy score ordinance on December 14, 2016.

Some of the history of the policy development process is captured below.


Why a home energy score policy?

Requiring a home energy score at the time of sale will help homebuyers, sellers and owners make informed decisions about energy efficiency improvements

Portland City Code Chapter 17.108

Adopted December 14, 2016

Earlier Drafts

Previous drafts of the Home Energy Score Policy