EnerScore to Premier Energy Rating Application at Inman Connect

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Powered by Onboard Informatics, EnerScore provides home energy performance ratings on a national scale.

Onboard Informatics®, the leading provider of technology and services that enable companies to grow revenue through easy access to local information, announced their new Property Search Engine will power energy transparency startup EnerScore’s upcoming beta test site. The site will premiere at Inman Connect next month in San Francisco.

An EnerScore rating makes energy use for any home in the U.S. transparent through a web service and mobile application. Co-founded by father and son, Brian and Kenn Butler, EnerScore’s “A” – “F” energy ratings and projected energy bill costs are based on:

  •     Property information provided by Onboard Informatics
  •     EnerScore’s virtual model of homes’ component energy performance
  •     Accredited HERS rating software
  •     Normalized energy use based on reference occupants
  •     Proprietary data visualization techniques.

Through an EnerScore, home shoppers will better understand relative energy performance and potential energy costs before purchasing or renting a home.

“Before this innovation, a property’s energy performance had remained largely hidden from home shoppers. Yet it directly affects their costs,” said Kenn Butler, EnerScore co-founder. “Knowing the EnerScore of a home will empower consumers to make renting and buying decisions that better fit their budgets and social priorities.”

Through Onboard’s Property Search Engine, EnerScore will access fundamental property data like building permits, construction dates, heat and cooling systems, and fuel type for any home in the country. With this information, EnerScore can derive a profile, specific to the type of structure, of the way the home should perform at the "component" level: for example, wall insulation, boiler or furnace efficiency, air infiltration, window performance rating and more.

“What’s most exciting for Onboard is to see our technology used to create new, cutting edge online experiences,” said Marc Siden, Onboard CEO. “EnerScore’s innovative use of our Property Search Engine to better reveal energy efficiencies is an exciting way to use this information.”

With the virtual home component models derived from data served up through Onboard’s Property Search Engine, EnerScore will be able to determine more accurate and reliable energy ratings on a national scale.

“The precision of an EnerScore does rely on the accuracy of the property data. What Onboard’s industry leading local information platform does is enable us to be more confident in our energy assessments and better reach our goals,” said Enerscore co-founder, Brian Butler.

EnerScore will release their product to beta test, which includes an API (application programming interface), on August 4th at Inman Connect in San Francisco. The API will enable users of real estate websites to see the EnerScore for any property they are looking at.


About Onboard

Onboard Informatics provides easy access to the best local information available. Since 2001, top real estate, media, financial and technology companies have used this intelligent local information to improve their business, enhance their websites, build better applications, or simply pass onto their customers. Businesses from nearly every sector with a need for quality, consolidated, intelligent local information turn to Onboard.

For more information on what local information can do for your business, or to request a demo, visit http://www.onboardinformatics.com.

About EnerScore

EnerScore makes home energy use visible – the EnerScore – through a web service and mobile application. The EnerScore rating and energy cost projection can be displayed in real estate listings. Because an EnerScore is an “asset” rating that reflects the energy performance of the building’s structure and systems without regard for the behavior of its occupants, it provides a better predictor of homes’ energy use than historical utility bills.

For more information on how EnerScore can help grow your business, please visit our site. Or experience a demo, visit EnerScore at Inman Connect or contact Tom Witkin at [email protected]

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