Carbon Free Class

Carbon Free Homes: Features, Benefits, Valuation

Do you know?

CA policy goals no longer aim for net zero energy.

Instead, the forward focus is on emissions-reducing efficiency…and more!


CA building codes change every three years, guiding both new construction and existing home improvements. Emphasis has pivoted from general efficiency to emissions-reductions; all-electric, powered by clean energy. Comprehend carbon-free home features and their benefits to houses and occupants. Increase competency in valuation and expertise in guiding buyers and sellers.


Course Description

Appraisers and Realtors will develop expertise in types of homes already embraced and banked on by many of their homeowner clients. In valuation or guiding customers in buying and selling, the proficiency gained in this course will be a professional differentiator that strengthens their business.

CA's building codes and energy policy impact the way homes are built and powered. Homes of the future will be carbon-free! Energy efficient, all-electric, powered by clean energy.

How will the new requirements impact their market value and the way these homes are represented in sales listings?

Carbon free homes are typically more healthy, safe, comfortable, durable, and cost less to own. Their high performance and emissions-reducing efficiency elevate the quality of life for occupants plus deliver multiple societal benefits towards cleaner air and water.

Effective Jan 2020, CA's building code includes the significant requirement of solar on new homes. It also requires increases in energy efficiency and impacts certain remodel and improvement projects. Just as notable, 2020 marks a major pivot; from a focus on the long-time goal of net zero energy to carbon-free.

Attendees will gain comprehension of specific features typical to carbon-free new and existing upgraded homes and the myriad benefits they deliver to both house and occupants.

  • High performance enclosures
  • Electric heat pumps for space and water heating, induction stoves
  • How these homes are more healthy, safe, and efficient
  • Solar: key points in technology and appraising
  • Storage, microgrids, electric vehicle and bi-directional charging
  • Resiliency in power outages and extreme events
  • Valuation considerations


  1. Why this class is vital and timely for appraisers and agents
  2. California’s energy efficiency policy update and goals
  3. Stories: 3 examples of all-electric homes
  4. California’s power grid evolution
  5. Technology: efficiency assets
  6. Valuation

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize building elements typical to carbon-free homes
  • Understand the difference between general and emissions-reducing efficiency
  • Describe benefits of clean-energy homes including indoor air quality and energy savings
  • Comprehend why air tightness is even more important than insulation
  • Relate how families have realized health improvements such as asthma
  • Be familiar with current building code and energy policy
  • Competently complete steps in determination of value of solar PV
  • Accurately represent carbon free homes in sales listings and reporting to inform appraisals


Audience Level

Intermediate and Advanced. Experienced appraisers, agents, lenders and related professionals will benefit most. Course is designed for those familiar with valuation principles.

3 hours continuing ed. BREA, DRE



Debra Little is a Home Performance and Valuation Specialist with field experience in both appraising and home performance. Debra has a background in appraising though has been primarily focused on energy efficiency since building her own high performance home in 2007. She's been developing and instructing classes for real estate appraisers and agents on the topics of energy efficiency and solar-powered homes for CA public utilities and at national conferences since 2010.



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November 9

9am - 12

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