Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of homes are eligible for Pearl’s certification?

Single family homes, townhomes, duplexes are eligible. Condos and multifamily units are not at this time, nor are mobile homes or other manufactured housing.

What is Home Performance with ENERGY STAR?

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a Department of Energy program for making existing homes more energy efficient. It advocates a “whole-house,” comprehensive approach to improving your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, safety, and durability. Depending on your improvements, it requires a professional home energy evaluation with testing in and out to guarantee that your home’s performance is improved. Pearl’s certification system has been approved for use in this federal program. Learn more.

How do I get my home certified?

1. Enroll. If you are selling your home, take our Prequalification Survey. If you want to register your home improvements after you’ve completed an upgrade, contact Pearl for a referral to a Pearl-Approved Contractor.

2. Register Assets. A Pearl-Approved Contractor or a Certifier will visit your home and record the efficiency of home features such as heating and cooling equipment, water heaters, insulation, windows, doors, etc. A Pearl-Approved Contractor uses our proprietary software to determine your score and pre-certify your home for certification. A Pearl Certifier can issue certification.

3. Certify. Homes are certified based upon their registered assets. If you’ve never had a Pearl-Approved Contractor to your home to complete an inventory, then a Pearl Certifier can do that on your behalf and issue certification after. If you already have registered assets that pre-certify the home, a Certifier will conduct a file review and issue certification.

What's a Pearl-Approved Contractor?

Pearl-Approved Contractors have received special training on performing the Home Performance Asset Inventory.

They abide by the rigorous standards set by the Building Performance Institute–an independent, not-for-profit organization and the nation’s leading developer of technical standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit work. Pearl requires contractors submit information on their license, insurance, workman’s compensation, and required certifications.

How do I get a certificate?

As you make improvements, any Pearl-Approved Contractor can register the upgrade and update your record. If you want to request certification, contact Pearl. A Certifier will review your home’s record to issue an Official Registry Report and certificate.

What does the Home Performance Asset Inventory include?

Pearl-Approved Contractors record the following information to complete your home’s asset record:

  • Air tightness of the home (how leaky is it?)
  • Insulation levels and quality installation
  • Heating and cooling equipment efficiency and quality installation
  • Water heater efficiency
  • Duct location and leakiness
  • Window, door, and roofing efficiency
  • Appliance efficiency
  • Lighting efficiency
  • Thermostat and electronic device management
  • Overall energy use via utility bills
  • Renewable energy production
How much does it cost to get my home certified?

The standard fee is $425. If you are working with a Pearl Partner agent, they are eligible to receive certifications at a discounted rate.

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