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If you’re a property owner, a new energy-efficient building labeling trend could provide a significant advantage when you’re looking to sell. According to the Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on green building, energy labeling for homes and office buildings is one of the top ten green building trends for 2010—and something that’s catching the attention of legislators nationwide.

A public rating or score available on the MLS could prompt more building owners to make needed energy improvements, resulting in more energy-efficient buildings and increased property values. Other benefits include an easier way to compare buildings, and post-improvement audits that could measure the effectiveness of energy-efficient upgrades. To read more about the energy rating system for buildings, and other top 10 green building trends, click here.