Minneapolis to Require Energy Testing on All Home Sales

The city of Minneapolis voted to approve a requirement of energy testing on all home sales. The measure, known as the Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) program, will require a home energy inspection by a licensed professional within three days after a home is listed for sale.

The tests will require insulation inspections in attics, heating systems and windows. Additionally, the TISH program authorizes holes to be drilled into walls of pre-1980 built homes to assess insulation quality. A provision to require blower tests in each home was removed from the final version of the ordinance.

The TISH energy testing requirements go into effect in 2020.

Beginning in 2021, landlords will be required to disclose energy costs on a square footage basis to prospective renters.