Green Buildings and Practices

Green Buildings and Practices

Having spoken to thousands of people about Green Buildings, the most common question I hear is, “What is green?”

The course, therefore, teaches agents how to answer that question intelligently, and how to incorporate green building products into their real estate practice.


Course Packages & Registration

Register For Green Buildings Course
This course covers all 4 sessions, which can be taken in ANY ORDER. If you cannot come to a session, you can take that session next time it is offered.

Course Topics

What is a “green” building?

  • Green certification
  • Use of green standards, LEED, Energy Star, etc.
  • NYS planning & support of green initiatives
  • Relationship of green design to local design codes

Green Design is different

  • Design concepts
  • Computer modeling - Energy 10, DOE 2, LEED
  • Case study
  • Step by step design of a green apartment building compared to a conventional one; non-technology solutions


  • Local sources
  • Interior finishes & design
  • How materials affect air quality, mold, etc.


  • HVAC
  • Plumbing, drainage, water reclamation
  • Electrical power; how to measure kWh
  • Future of technologies - for example, new solar production & storage techniques, hydrogen delivery, etc.

Day 2 Understanding LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)

LEED Procedures

  • What LEED is and the LEED rating system product portfolio
  • Why certify?
  • Steps to becoming a LEED AP; the LEED test
  • Project registration, fee structures, submittal phases and formats
  • Templates
  • CIRs, Appeals
  • Final review, acceptance, LEED plaque

Sustainable Sites

  • Site Selection
  • Brownfield Redevelopment 
  • Site Development, Habitat & Open Space

Water Efficiency Points

  • Innovative Wastewater Technologies
  • Water Use Reduction

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Green Power 

Materials & Resources

  • Building Reuse
  • Regional Materials
  • Rapidly Renewable Materials 

Indoor Air Quality

  • Minimum IAQ Performance 
  • Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring 
  • Increased Ventilation 
  • Construction IAQ Management
  • Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives, Paints, Carpets, Agrifibers
  • Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control 
  • Controllability of Systems, Lighting & Thermal Comfort
  • Thermal Comfort, Design & Verification
  • Daylight & Views 

Innovation and Design Process

  • Innovation in Design, and Exemplary Performance
  • LEED® Accredited Professional 

Day 3 - Fair Housing, History, Finance

Fair Housing Concepts

  • Brokerage practices
  • Megan’s Law
  • What are broker’s responsibilities? Law of Agency
  • Databases, websites, school boards
  • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • How this compares with Fair Housing Act

Federal Laws, NY State Legislation and Local Laws

  • How do brokers uphold the law?
  • What are consequences to landlords, brokers, journals, etc. if they break the law?
  • Coops and condos
  • Section 8 and local laws

Fair Housing Today

  • Are steering, blockbusting and redlining still alive? 
  • Famous controversies and trials in the news (Craigslist, Fresh Direct, State banking regs)
  • “New” protected groups? 
  • The new presidency

Fair Housing and Green

  • Is there a green profile?
  • Is green elitist? Only for the rich? 80-20 in green buildings, affordable green buildings
  • Fair Housing Poster - “it’s ok to consider color…as long as it’s green”
  • Do green practices intrude on culture?
  • Green as a social movement

History of Green Architecture

  • How the philosophy came about
  • Examples of Green Buildings
  • Slide show of NY State Green buildings

Finance: How Much Green Can I Save?

  • Do green buildings cost more?
  • Market value of “green”
  • Comments from top developers - Larry Silverstein, Joseph Moinian, Sheldrake Org. etc.

Funding mechanisms for green buildings

  • Incentive programs
  • Tax advantages of building green
  • Green mortgages
  • NY State Programs, NYSERDA, Green building tax credits
  • Local green policies in NY State Cities
  • How to fill out State and Federal forms
  • Most popular green programs, how they work, where to get more info

How Real Estate Professionals can benefit by understanding Green

  • Who buys green & why
  • How to explain green building features
  • What market studies show (NY Times, Co-star, other studies)
  • How to market green
  • Financial incentives for renters and buyers

Getting involved

  • How to visit a green building
  • Where to get more info
  • Measures you can take in your community, neighborhood, apartment building
  • Networking and joining groups - US Green Buildings Council, AIA, Online Green Groups, etc.
  • Informational on upcoming green events and lectures
  • Broker certifications such as eco-broker, GreenEstate, etc.

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