3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
Energy efficiency is a major component of a green home. It reduces energy consumption, reduces pollution, increases comfort, and reduces energy costs—benefits that make a home more marketable. Energy certifications provide evidence that a home was built or retrofitted with energy efficient features. Energy efficiency certification is a component of green home certification programs like ENERGY STAR and LEED for Homes. This course will discuss certifying organizations and levels of energy certifications.
The EPA's ENERGY STAR certification ensures that new homes meet "strict energy efficiency specifications." ENERGY STAR homes undergo a rigorous inspection, testing, and verification processes. As a result, they are designed and constructed to deliver energy savings up to 30 percent more than non-green homes.
The U.S. Green Building Council certification program, LEED for Homes, is a voluntary rating system that supports design and construction of highly functioning green homes. Certification covers affordable housing, custom designs, duplexes, lofts in historic buildings, mass-production homes, single-family homes, suburban and urban apartments/condominiums, and townhouses. Although the program does not provide a separate energy certification, energy-efficiency is a key criterion for certification. Requirements for the certification program include compliance with certain ENERGY STAR guidelines.
The ENERGY STAR certification process and LEED for Homes Energy certification system emphasize energy efficiency. This demonstrates the importance of energy efficiency in green home construction. Homebuyers should check with their states to determine if they offer energy-efficiency certifications or tax incentives.
After completing this course, the real estate licensee will have knowledge of the types of energy certifications and the ability to explain them to home buyers.