Educational Courses

ESP Services has created two Green Building Education series:

The Green Real Estate Certification Series at North Seattle College

The Built Green® Green Real Estate Certification


 

The Green Real Estate Certification Series at North Seattle College

Cate has developed the curriculum for many of the residential green building courses required for the Green Real Estate Certification program. She has also co-taught the RES217 course with J. Patrick Mahoney, who developed the commercial real estate development & sustainability course. descriptions of the courses required for the Green Real Estate Certification program are below.

RES130: Intro to Green Real Estate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Gain cutting edge information about developing, building, and marketing “Green Real Estate.” Learn about environmental sustainability, water and energy efficiency/ utilization, architecture and design process, materials for new construction and remodeling, sustainable site selection and acquisition, demographics and psychographics of green-minded consumers. Important course for Real Estate Sales Persons, Appraisers, Home Owners, Investors, Developers and Builders, and concerned citizens. (Fulfills 30 DOL continuing education clock hours.) Online Coursework.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  •  Describe Hot Topics in the Green Real Estate industry.
  •  Recognize the relationship of the building to the water issues on site.
  •  Outline examples of Green landscaping designs.
  •  List examples of sustainable and environmental Green products used in construction and remodeling.
  •  State the basic principles of improving existing buildings to be as Green as possible.
  •  Describe two innovative strategies for better water efficiency and utilization.
  •  Define examples of energy saving products and practices.
  •  Recognize toxins in construction products.
  •  Use knowledge to achieve environmentally sustainable objective without costly outside experts.
  •  Explain the Built Green Checklist.
  •  Outline demographics and psychographics of population appreciating benefits of Green Real Estate.

RES131: Green Building Materials

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Learn about the wide variety of “green products” that have environmentally friendly components, across both single-family and multi-family building typology. Examine the range of green building materials from high-end residential finishes (counter tops, tiling, water fixtures, etc.) to high-efficiency building systems (hvac, greywater reuse, photovoltaics, etc.). Study how green building materials can be integrated throughout all stages of design and construction, from using sustainably harvest wood for construction framing to using green cleaning products to make the finished product ready for sale. Provides real estate professionals the ability to speak to their clients from an educated platform on the environmental features of the products and processes used in green building projects. Important course for Real Estate Sales Persons, Appraisers, Home Owners, Investors, Developers and Builders. (Fulfills 30 DOL continuing education clock hours.)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the features and benefits of a variety of green building materials
  •  Describe how to evaluate green products and discuss them with clients
  •  Distinguish among recycled-content terminology and other green building terminology as it applies to material specifications
  •  Define “rapidly renewable” as it relates to material specifications and cite at least 3 examples of this type of product categories and their applications
  •  State the basis for wood certification and the differences between available programs
  •  Name green building products in the following categories and cite how they benefit the environment and contribute toward sustainability: Sitework/ Landscaping/ Decking/ Foundations; Envelope / Exterior and Roofing; Doors/Windows and Insulation; Interior Finishes; Air Sealing and Mechanical Systems; Plumbing, Electrical / Lighting; Appliances, Furniture & Furnishings; Renewable Energy.
  •  Describe the term “greenwashing” and the implications it has on sustainable green material market transformation.

RES132: Marketing, Education, and Ethics in Sustainable Development

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The ability to effectively list and sell a property can be the difference between success and failure for a real estate agent. This course teaches students to effectively communicate with green clients and understand their needs. It covers marketing green projects through traditional marketing strategies, utilization of new technologies, and creative approaches to reach this demographic. It covers basic education of clients, and ethical responsibilities of agents in representing and selling green properties. This course provides real estate professionals the ability to speak to their clients from an educated platform on the environmental features of a property. Important course for Real Estate Sales Persons, and Builder and Developers Marketing Staff. (Fulfills ??? DOL CE clock hours)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  •  Describe the common values and characteristics of “cultural creatives” and the green minded consumer
  •  Identify the common green strategies incorporated into local projects and explain how they are environmentally sustainable
  •  Articulate the environmental strategies of a project through a variety of communication types: personal dialogue, print and online media (listings, fliers, brochures, website, etc.) and live events (open houses, etc.)
  •  List at least five innovate approaches to listing and selling green properties
  •  List at least five innovative approaches to attracting green clients
  •  Outline how to accurately and honestly represent green properties
  •  Define the term “greenwashing” and specify the legal ramifications of misrepresenting the environmental attributes of properties.

RES133: Energy Efficient Design and Development

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Increasing greenhouse gas emissions and effect on climate change is an important factor in making real estate investment decisions. This course provides education on how global greenhouse gas emissions is affected by homeowners and the strategies being used to reduce these negative impacts on the environment, including constructing and maintaining energy efficient homes. The course covers the design and building process, alterative envelope strategies, energy efficient and alternative energy generation systems, energy saving products, and rebate and incentive programs. It discusses broader issues around regional development and transportation planning and their impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. This course gives real estate professionals the ability to speak to their clients from an educated platform on the environmental features of the products and processes used in green building projects. (Fulfills 15 DOL continuing education clock hours.)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  •  Cite at least 3 different envelope construction strategies
  •  Outline the difference in energy use between forced air and radiant heating systems
  •  Effectively communicate how home energy use affects climate change
  •  Describe the efficiency characteristics of insulation, windows, and lighting
  •  Communicate the benefits of alternative energy generation solar panels, solar water heating, and micro-wind generation
  •  Outline the impacts of regional development and transportation planning on greenhouse gas emissions

RES134: Smart Locations, Integrated Communities, Sustainable Sites, and Water Protection

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is for students who want a deep understanding of what makes a green community development from an integrated planning perspective, and how low impact development strategies can lessen the impact of homes and communities on our environment and local watersheds. Cover transit-oriented development, low-impact development, green master planned communities, urban villages, mixed-use development, and design for habitat protection. (Fulfills ??? DOL CE clock hours)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define “low impact development” and its characteristics
  • Name at least 5 LID strategies
  • Describe characteristics of a transit-oriented development
  • Articulate the importance and benefits of mixes-use developments
  • Communicate the role of stormwater in shaping smart design.

RES135: Healthy Buildings and Indoor Air Quality

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
According to the US EPA, on average the air in our homes is 3-5 times more polluted than the air outside. One of the most important buying priorities for young families, aging boomers, and the chemically sensitive is indoor air quality. This course provides in-depth understanding of the toxins found in homes and how to avoid them. Covers construction practices that reduce the occurrence of mold, dust and other factors that reduce the quality of the air in our living spaces.  (Fulfills 15 DOL CE clock hours)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define “chemical sensitivity” and its characteristics
  • Name at least 5 of the major chemical toxins commonly used in building products
  • Describe construction practices to reduce the occurrence of mold
  • Articulate the importance and benefits of natural light in buildings
  • Communicate the role of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in building products
  • Use a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to determine the toxicity of building products.

RES217: Real Estate Development & Sustainability

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course is designed to explore the fundamental principles and procedures involved in developing commercial real estate including integration of sustainability. The stages of a development project from its initiation to completion will be discussed in some detail. Although the course is oriented toward the development-related professions, it is also appropriate for people whose main interest is on investments or other aspects of development. (Fulfills ??? DOL CE clock hours)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
The objective of this course is to introduce the student to commercial real estate development including concepts and specifics of sustainability. The student will explore the commercial property development process from initial project definition through marketing of the finished product. By the end of the course, students should be generally familiar with the development process and how sustainability can be effectively integrated.


 

The Built Green®
Green Real Estate Certification

Built Green® Real Estate Professional

Built Green programs encourage environmentally responsible building and construction by certifying homes that meet specific criteria. The programs are administered by local home builders associations, using a checklist-based system. Various levels of certification are possible, depending on the local program: typically, the higher levels require that the project be inspected and documented by a certified third-party verifier to ensure accuracy.

Each local Built Green program sets its own criteria for certification. Some programs only certify new single-family homes; some certify communities, remodels, and multi-family projects as well. For information on the program nearest you, click on the Build Green Washington link below.

Projects that are certified through Built Green have demonstrated achievement in several areas of environmental responsibility:

  • Preserving natural processes through responsible site and water management;
  • Lowering operating costs through energy-efficient equipment and systems;
  • Reducing toxins and pollutants for a healthier indoor environment;
  • Minimizing waste by careful materials selection and jobsite recycling.

Built Green Real Estate Professionals are trained to identify, list, and sell green properties. They understand green building so they can guide consumers to green building professionals suitable to address the consumers’ unique questions, needs, and desires. They can help home-owners looking for a green home or others looking to sell their “Not So Green” home in a competitive market.

Built Green® Washington

Built Green® of King and Snohomish Counties

Built Green® Checklists from King & SnoCo Built Green

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