what is minnesota’s Green path?
Minnesota’s Green Path is the leading energy efficiency and green building program for the residential construction industry in Minnesota. Created by BATC-Housing First Minnesota in 2011, the program has provided Home Performance Reports to more than 15,000 newly built homes highlighting RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score and air exchange rate.
From the outset, the goal has been to help builders and their homeowners look at energy and green building in a different, more affordable way. With this independent energy testing and a consistent HERS index, prospective home buyers have a valuable tool that helps them understand expected energy usage in the homes they are considering.
In addition to the HPRs provided with each tested home, Green Path has been successful in securing a HERS field in the NorthStar MLS database, which is used by thousands of REALTORS throughout Minnesota.
The base level of Minnesota’s Green Path is a RESNET tested home. Additionally, the program offers advanced and master levels of Green Path certification for those builders and homeowners seeking even more resource management.
Minnesota’s Green Path enjoys tremendous marketing reach via several pages in the spring and fall Parade of Homes Guidebooks, which enjoy annual distribution of 150,000 copies. Each directory showcases homes on Parade (the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Parade of Homes is the largest in the country, featuring well over 400 homes and 50 remodeled projects each spring and fall) and identifies which homes are participating in the Green Path program. In the Spring 2017 Parade of Homes, 70 percent of the homes were in the Green Path program. When MN Green Path began, only 4 percent of the homes in the Parade of Homes were energy tested.
In addition to the designation in the printed directory, Green Path homes are denoted on the Parade of Homes website, which receives 200,000 unique visits annually and Green Path is promoted on digital billboards advertising each season’s Parade.
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Details on the 2019 Green Path Building Conference will be announced soon.
Contact Tom Gavaras at Tom@BATC.org or 651.697.7592