For Real Estate Brokers

HERS Index for saleReal Estate Agents are the main communicator in the buyer market and must be educated on energy efficiency in order to properly promote the benefits. Energy efficiency adds value through investment return, lower maintenance cost, and higher resale value. As the importance of water conservation, air quality, and sustainable resources continue to  grow so will consumer demand for properties with efficient and healthy attributes.

The NCEEA has compiled information that will help you promote energy efficiency to your clients, understand what the HERS Index means, and the Green MLS effort happening across the country.

▪ What is the HERS Index?

It is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured and is a nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. The lower the number, the better! Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption to the HERS reference home.

Get to know your HERS Index here!

▪What is a Green MLS?

A "green" Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system provides data entry fields to identify green features, certifications, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS). This helps agents and homebuyers search for energy efficient homes, and aids builders and sellers market their green buildings.

Support the addition of green fields in your MLS. Read our Quick Guide for Greening the MLS to learn more!


Visit our Green the MLS and Reports section for more information!


Real Estate Sales Tools

The NCEEA has developed a promotional package of "Real Estate Sales Tools". These tools are currently available at no cost to builders who commit to constructing 100% ENERGY STAR homes, as well as to Realtors who are Alliance members and regularly sell high-performance homes. 

These 8-1/2" by 11" placards (24 per set) can be placed around the home during tours to highlight various elements of energy efficient construction that are often not so apparent to the consumer. 
Here is a .PDF of the 24 images if you wish to print them off yourself: Real Estate Sales Tools
Or for the images on 8-1/2" by 11" foam-board placards, feel free to contact us.

Contact us for more details:

 Alliance Membership Includes:

  • Training programs for real estate brokers that provide continuing education credits on energy-efficient new homes.
  • Sales tools to help the homebuyer understand the value of an ENERGY STAR home.
  • Technical assistance for brokers regarding energy efficient measures in homes they are selling/listing.
  • A listing and link on our website as a member Realtor/broker.

Join The Alliance