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Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Ordinance

Required Energy Audits Help Identify Savings Opportunities

The Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance, as described in Chapter 6-7 Energy Conservation of the Austin City Code, requires energy audits and disclosures for all homes and buildings which are served by Austin Energy and located within Austin city limits.

ECAD promotes energy efficiency by identifying potential energy savings in homes, businesses, and multifamily properties. Improving energy efficiency in your home or business can:

  • Make your home or business more comfortable
  • Increase the value and marketability of your property
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Save money and energy
Disclosure Varies by Property Type
  What Does ECAD Require? What Do I Do? Learn More
Residential

Do you own a house and want to sell?

Before selling your home, you must have an energy audit done if your home is 10 years or older. You must disclose the results to potential buyers. Exemptions or variances may apply. Get a qualified ECAD Energy Professional to conduct the energy audit. ECAD for Residential Customers

Do you own a duplex, triplex, or fourplex and want to sell?

Before selling your property, you must have an energy audit done if your property is 10 years or older. You must disclose the results to potential buyers. Exemptions or variances may apply. Get a qualified ECAD Energy Professional to conduct the energy audit. ECAD for Residential Customers

Is there a residential property you want to buy? Are you a real estate agent?

Sellers are required to conduct an energy audit on homes 10 years or older before sale and provide the results to buyers. Ask the seller or seller's real estate agent for the energy audit results. ECAD for Residential Customers
Commercial

Do you own or manage a commercial building that is 10,000 sq ft or larger?

You must report your Energy Rating to the City of Austin by June 1 of each year.

Use one of two reporting options to get your Energy Rating and report it to the City.

ECAD for Commercial Buildings
Multifamily

Do you own or manage a property with five or more residential units?

You must conduct a specialized energy audit of your property the year it turns 10 years old. You must make Energy Audit results available to potential and current residents. Get a qualified ECAD Energy Professional to conduct the energy audit. ECAD for Multifamily Properties

Are you a resident in a property with five or more residential units?

Are you interested in moving to one?

Multifamily properties are required to conduct specialized energy audits for properties 10 years or older. They must make the results available to potential and current residents.

Ask your property manager for Energy Audit results.

ECAD for Multifamily Properties

What do I do if an energy audit determines that my property is a High Energy Use Property?

High Energy Use properties use 150% over average energy use for similar properties. These properties must reduce energy use by 20% and provide a High Energy Use report to current and prospective residents. Austin Energy offers incentives for energy efficiency improvements that help reduce energy use. ECAD for Multifamily Properties

ECAD is Good for Austin and for You

Property owners can use ECAD audit results to help improve energy efficiency of homes and buildings, therefore protecting the environment and saving money.

Since energy efficiency makes buildings more distinct and attractive in a competitive real estate market, ECAD also serves as an effective tool for owners looking to make sound building improvements.

Furthermore, ECAD audit results reveal potential hidden costs associated with the ongoing building maintenance, clarifying the cost of a property prior to completing a real estate transaction. ECAD empowers informed property sellers and buyers to implement energy efficiency measures and increase environmental sustainability.

ECAD helps meet some of the goals established in the Austin Climate Protection Plan, such as:

  • Offsetting 800 megawatts of peak energy demand by 2020 to reduce Austin’s carbon footprint
  • Reducing our carbon dioxide emissions by over 365,000 metric tons by 2020

ECAD is the Law

ECAD is a law similar to other energy ordinances in the nation and the world. Non-compliance with ECAD is a Class C misdemeanor with fines from $500 to $2,000. Anyone may file violations with the City of Austin Municipal Courts for review and action.

Download the City of Austin Municipal Court Violation Complaint form (pdf)

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Please call 512-482-5346 or email us if you have any questions or need additional information about the ECAD ordinance.


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