Buying into Home Energy Performance

East Kootenay REALTORS® learning the finer points of home energy efficiency and value

Home energy efficiency workshops for REALTORS®, home inspectors and local government officials are coming soon to the East Kootenay. Facilitated by the RDEK Energy Manager, in cooperation with the Kootenay Real Estate Board, “Building Knowledge of Home Energy Efficiency” will be presented in each of Invermere, Fernie, and Kimberley, March 7th-9th.

In this accredited, innovative training, participants will learn to knowledgably incorporate home energy performance into the home selling/buying experience and help clients to access incentives and rebates associated with home energy efficiency.

Local building companies will lead afternoon home tours in each of the three communities, showcasing the high-performance, energy-efficient features of their houses.

Meredith Hamstead, co-owner of thinkBright Homes of Invermere explains, “Energy efficient homes will have an audit report that certifies the home’s performance potential. There should be no guess work. Audits are one way that REALTORS® can assess the added value of a home for buyers. EnerGuide®, Energy Star® and Passive House, are examples of performance systems with fixed energy efficiency ratings.

REALTORS® should be demanding that municipalities implement [BC Energy] Step Code for new homes so that they can easily understand how a building will perform over time. Step one, not so good. Step five, amazing. Easy to understand, easy to explain to home buyers. REALTORS® should also understand how different ratings like EnerGuide® or Passive House correspond to the steps in the [BC Energy] Step Code.”

These workshops are part of the larger “Building A Legacy” initiative that aims to raise awareness of energy efficient solutions in residential construction for East Kootenay builders, government, residents, and now, REALTORS®. The workshops will be led by REALTOR®, Rob Grey, Energy Advisor, Chris Wiebe, and local, high-performance home builders in each of the East Kootenay communities.

For further information and to register go to the East Kootenay Energy Hub site: http://ekenergyhub.ca/building-a-legacy/realtors/ .

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