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Administrative Rulemaking


Portland City Council unanimously adopted the Home Energy Score Ordinance, Portland City Code Chapter 17.108, on December 14, 2016. The policy went into effect on January 1, 2018. In preparation for the effective date, the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability adopted administrative rules on December 18, 2017 that addressed the requirements of the Home Energy Performance Report for home sellers, compliance and enforcement and confidentiality, in coordination with the code.

The amendments to these rules further clarify requirements for Home Performance Scores and Reports, home sellers, new homebuilders and Home Energy Assessors. Public review and comments were accepted between November 12 and November 26, 2018 and a public hearing was held on November 26, 2018. Questions were answered, and clarifications made but no substantive change to the amended rules occurred subsequent to public review.

The amended Final Administrative Rules (posted below) are in effect as of December 18, 2018.

Final Amended Administrative Rules for Home Energy Score

As of December 18, 2018, these amended rules are in effect.

Summary of the Mark-up of Final Administrative Rules

Proposed amendments to the Administrative Rules summarized and explained.

Mark-up of Final Administrative Rules Comment Form

Please submit comments between November 12 and November 26, 2018.

Sample Home Energy Report – Existing Homes (pdf)

Sample of the Home Energy Report that home sellers will receive after a getting a Home Energy Assessment.

Sample Home Energy Report – Newly-Constructed Homes (pdf)

For newly-constructed homes, the Home Energy Score may be produced based on design documents prior to construction. This is a sample of the Home Energy Report that new home builders will receive after the Pre-construction Assessment.