Home buyers are increasingly seeking features that save energy and water in their next homes — a trend that reflects the growing desire for healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. Homes across California are starting to sprout solar photovoltaic panels and electric car chargers, as well as energy-efficient windows and water-conserving yards.
Savvy real estate agents have recognized the business opportunity in becoming educated in sustainability and green features. These agents are prepared to help home sellers maximize the value of improvements they’ve made and to help home buyers identify and verify green features. One way real estate agents can learn about sustainability and set themselves apart from the competition is by earning the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR®) Green Designation.
In the San Diego area, agents can earn this designation at an upcoming training hosted by CSE and the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®. The three required classes will be held Dec. 4, 8 and 9 in Kearny Mesa. Those who complete the training and pass the daily exams receive the coveted NAR® Green Designation.
- Green 100: Real Estate for a Sustainable Future (Dec. 4) - Covers issues and trends and real estate’s role in finding a balance between people, the environment and prosperity. Learn how to respond to client’s perceptions of what “green” means. Topics covered include building codes, green and sustainable building materials, application of energy audits and green home certification systems.
- Green 200: The Science of Green Building (Dec. 8) - Focuses on green principles and choices in home design and construction. Participants will learn from a perspective from the outside in and how building components of a home work together as a system. The importance of how the building envelope with proper sealing and insulation interrelates with the HVAC system to make homes “perform” better is covered as well as how solar energy can create net zero homes. Also explores cost and health benefits of retrofitting, remodeling or renovating homes with green components.
- Green 300: Greening Your Real Estate Business (Dec. 9) - Increasingly current and future homeowners are motivated to understand green cost savings and health benefits. This course provides insight on the business side covering financing options for upgrades, marketing approaches for green homes and communication techniques.