Berekely’s new BESO (Building Energy Saving Ordinance) law requires energy assessments prior to the sale of a building or home.
But the law does allow for the building owner to defer the energy audit — which means that the buyer is then responsible to follow through at some point in the next 12 months.
If you’re buying or selling a home or building in Berkeley, California, this is absolutely something to be aware about.
Yes, the energy assessment is just another step that needs to happen or be discussed prior to the sale closing. But the benefits of an audit are quite powerful — they can demonstrate ways to improve energy efficiency and save money on utility bills moving forward.
To conduct the assessment, one of the area’s certified energy auditors (including Bay Efficiency) will tour your building to see how energy and water systems are currently used and maintained.
The auditor will then show ways to save money — or let you know of any programs that can help pay for energy efficiency improvements.
The BESO law does not require the seller or buyer to act on any the recommendations found in the energy assessment. Instead, it’s simply there to shine a light on how the building is currently working — and how it can be improved moving forward.