The California Energy Commission has recently released a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) booklet to help homeowners determine the energy efficiency of their homes based on an HERS rating scale of 0 to 250, and identify energy-saving improvements. The HERS booklet is not a mandatory disclosure for any sales transaction, according to section 2079.10 of the California Civil Code. However, disclosure is highly recommended for all residential transactions, because it provides a valuable shield from liability for sellers and brokers. Delivery of the HERS booklet will be deemed to be adequate to inform the buyer about the existence of a statewide home energy rating program. Our Legislators are working on, and writing many Bills on the subject-in order to make it to the guidelines that may be set in to Law, come 2020. It may seem like a long ways away-it isn’t. 2020, and the new Energy regulations that come with it-will be here before we know it.
C.A.R., The California Association of Realtors, and Wendi-Mae Davis-Realtor member-will be offering the HERS booklet as part of our Combined Hazards Booklet in both print and email versions. C.A.R.’s updated Combined Hazards Booklet should be available in print in early October. In the meantime, until I receive the copies I have ordered for my clientelle/friends…the HERS booklet is available at the California Energy Commission’s website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/HERS/booklet.html, which includes an acknowledgement of receipt for parties to sign-if and when, in a purchase transaction.
For more information on this subject, or any other in the field of Real Estate-I wish to be your resource. Phone me today, Toll Free 866-333-6333 or check out my personal website HTTP://www.wendimae.com