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Friday, June 05 2009

Tools for Complying with the Energy Efficiency Ordinance

The City of Austin’s Energy Efficiency Ordinance, effective as of June 1, 2009, requires that energy audits be conducted and disclosed for many properties located within the Austin city limits.  Below, you’ll find resources to help you understand and comply with the City of Austin’s new Energy Efficiency Ordinance. 

Have questions about how the ordinance will affect your business?  Download our eight-page Guide to the City of Austin’s Energy Efficiency Ordinance.

 Review and print the City of Austin’s Energy Audit Disclosure form, which will allow you to append a property’s energy audit to the Seller’s Disclosure Form.  


Looking for detailed information about the ordinance?  Visit the City of Austin’s Web site for additional forms and facts.

 Find out which properties will not be affected by the ordinance by reviewing this exemption list.

 Green Real Estate Resources

ABoR is committed to the principles of energy conservation and sustainability. We strive to keep our members abreast of new technology, education and resources as they become available. As we look to the future, we know it is essential for our membership to understand the issues relating to green building and properties, as the green building movement is changing the way consumers buy and sell homes across the country.

 Studies show consumers consider energy efficiency, a key green building feature, an important factor when buying a home. While energy efficiency is not the only green building feature we will focus on, it is an important aspect when determining a consumer’s ability to afford a home. Because of the important role rising energy costs play in homeownership, ABoR supports energy conservation efforts. We also understand the gravity of protecting Austin’s unique environment.


 Consumer awareness of green building continues to rise. “Green” is defined in a variety of ways and those definitions are changing constantly. Regardless of the many ways green is classified, we are aware of its impact on the real estate industry. It is our hope that this online resource will help you identify new ways you and your clients can be a part of the movement.

 Local Resources: 

Austin Energy Approved Auditors 

Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs at Austin Energy

Austin Energy’s Loan Program 

Pedernales Green Works Program

Bluebonnet Electric’s Green Energy Rate

State Resources:

Texas State Energy Conservation Office 

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

National Resources:

U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide

 U.S. Green Building Council

 The National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) Green Designation Program

 Certified Energy Star Appliances, Buildings and Hone Improvements

 FHA’s Energy Efficiency Mortgage Program

 Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency


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