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Adoption of Interim Administrative Rule – Title 17

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Adoption of an interim administrative rule for Title 17 – Residential Energy Performance Rating and Disclosure.

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The City of Portland’s Home Energy Performance Rating and Disclosure ordinance is designed to provide transparent information to homebuyers and to motivate investments in home improvements that lower utility bills, reduce carbon emissions, and increase comfort, safety and health for homeowners.

It is a market transformation policy which successfully fulfills its objectives over time when ratings and disclosures for Covered Buildings are widely and commonly available within the local real estate market.

Compliance with the ordinance has declined dramatically due to the City suspending enforcement during the COVID-19 global pandemic. On July 1, 2020, the City declared a climate emergency and amended the City’s emissions reduction targets to at least 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions before 2050, increasing the urgency for the City to take actions that contribute to these reductions.

To quickly restore compliance to pre-pandemic levels and beyond, as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so, the City is adding the flexibility to designate a third-party to provide customer service and compliance monitoring support.

Interim rules associated with this code remain in effect for 365 days or until subsequent administrative rules are issued.