AS OF JANUARY 1, 2018, sellers of single-family homes in Portland, Oregon are required to obtain and disclose a Home Energy Score and Report.




What is a Home Energy Score?

The Home Energy Score (HES) is a measurement of the energy efficiency of a home based on an onsite evaluation of the physical characteristics of the house. The HES is an asset based rating of a home’s efficiency.  An asset rating seeks to quantify the energy efficiency of a building based solely upon the inherent components of the house. The homes assets include the area of conditioned space, unconditioned space, insulation quality, windows, mechanical systems, construction type, and ducting. The Report itself presents the following information:

➢ A Home Energy Score on a scale of 1 to 10 (where a “10” is a home that uses less energy than 90% of homes in the U.S.), presented with clear and simple graphics to help homeowners understand their home’s energy performance and how it compares to other homes;

➢ An estimate of how much money could be saved on energy bills by making the recommended energy improvements; and

➢ An individualized list of recommended energy retrofit improvements that are estimated to payback in ten years or less.

The Home Energy Assessment is conducted by an authorized Home Energy Assessor and takes about 90 minutes to complete in the field and another 30 minutes to generate the required Home Energy Report. We strive to make the report available the same day on the Green Building Registry.


The report provides a snapshot of the energy efficiency of the home and how it compares to an average home in Portland in terms of energy use. A low score doesn’t indicate that home is built poorly or that it suffers some major deficiency. It merely means that there is room for improvement. A new home might have a low score simply because of the homes size, while a small home that has been retrofit with improved attc insulation may score an 8. 


Who needs to comply?

The policy applies to home sellers that are listing or advertisinga home for sale publicly in any manner starting on or after January 1, 2018 and within Portland’s jurisdictional city boundary. That doesn’t mean that a home outside of the City will not benefit from an energy score for comparison.


For More information:To learn more contact Inspectek West, Inc. 

Book an inspection online at www.inspectekwest.com


Chris Aldridge, RPP

HES Assessor US-ASHI-0171. OR-PDX-0136




Smoke Detector Safety

All smoke detectors are not created equal.  Please watch this short 6 min video that could save you and your loved one's lives! Knowing the difference is extremely important.


Most people would think  having a working smoke detector would be good enough. There are different types of detectors that are better at detecting different kinds of fires.  Here is a really good in depth article that goes into the differences and some of the fact finding on the different type of alarms. Please click here

 Key Points 

  • Most homes (approx 90%) have ionization smoke detectors. Ionization smoke detectors are primarily for detecting fast moving flame type fires and not smoldering type fires.
  • Cooking/Fast flame moving fires account for 43% of fires, 39% of injuries and only 16% of deaths. 
  • Smoldering type fires account for 23% of fires, 30% of injuries and 61% of deaths   
  • 2/3 of deadly fires occur between 8pm and 8am and are of the smoldering type.  
  • Photelectric alarms are more sensitive to smoldering fires and detected smoldering type fires on avg 30+ min faster than ionization detectors. Sometimes the ionization detector didn't go off at all. 
  • Replacing your detectors with photoelectric alarms doubles your chance of surviving a more deadly type of smoldering smoky fire.  
  • Do not replace existing alarms with dual combo type units, as sensitivity of alarms can be manually altered by manufacturer to pass the bare minimum testing regulations. 
  • If you do not know what type you have, replace your detectors with photoelectric units to be safe.  

Home inspectors do not typically note the type of detectors used in a house during an inspection. Determining types and operability of detectors does exceed any standards of practice currently in place by home inspectors.