Starting in 2019, under the Green Energy Act, the Ontario government will require home energy ratings and advice at time of listing. The move is intended to encourage investments in home energy efficiency.
The Home Energy Transparency Coalition (we’re a member) supports the measure and notes that home buyers have a right to reliable information about energy efficiency when they are considering a purchase, as we do for vehicles and appliances.
GCC Executive Director Clifford Maynes recently participated in a series of consultation committee meetings to discuss plans for the Home Energy Rating & Disclosure (HER&D).
The Ontario Real Estate Association raised a long list of concerns: OREA opposes universal ratings at time of listing in favour of including energy audits in a standard home inspection.
As the sole representative of the energy assessment industry, Clifford defended the principle of universality (not all real estate transactions involve home inspections, and the inspectors are opposed to making audits a standard part of their service). Clifford also defended the integrity of the EnerGuide Rating System and quality assurance.
To re-establish the necessary auditor capacity in Ontario required to meet the demand for time of listing audits in 2019, GCC is recommending a substantial increase in retrofit incentives starting in 2017. “We in the industry are quite capable of ramping up capacity, as we have done twice previously. We just need a market for our services to justify the investment,” Clifford said.