LEED For Homes Intensive Training

sustainable-buildingDo you know how to tell if a home you’re thinking about buying is energy efficient?

Have you heard about energy rating, sustainable building practices or energy efficiency?

As an EcoBroker Certified Realtor, I work constantly to bring you the kind of information you need to get you what you want in sustainable design information.

If you are looking at buying a pre-owned home, there are many ways to analyze a home to see if it meets your needs from an energy efficiency standpoint. Laura and David from Populus, who have put together this training, run a business that specializes in Sustainable Design Consulting.

What the heck is LEED? (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

If you are thinking about a custom home, remodeling an existing home and want to comply with energy star, Boulder’s green points program, or have any other concerns about how well you can achieve your goals from an energy conscious or sustainable

LEED Intensive TrainingThis morning I’m starting in a LEED for homes “Intensive Training”. I’ll actually be working remotely as I try to follow along with the class, juggle my daily client communication activities, and let you know what I’m up to as I take this opportunity to learn more about LEED

Call, Text, or Email me if you think you’re ready to consider buying or selling Boulder real estate, especially if you want more information about green built homes, or you may have questions about what’s going on here in Boulder, I’d love to hear from you.

What I love about the trends I’m seeing in the home remodeling and building industry is that there’s a strong emphasis on helping both the industry side of the community (builders, contractors, realtors, architects, etc.) and the consumer side, (homeowners thinking about remodeling, home buyers, and home sellers) understand more about what all these different measurement systems mean and how to use them.

Quoted from the coursework today:

LEED intentions focus on

Giving building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on building performance.

At one point, it used to be about just implementing a certain number of ‘techniques’ or ‘features’ to achieve a LEED certification, or a “green building”.

That tended to drive people to strive to meet the minimum standard. Now, the recent changes have driven builders towards understanding and implementing features with a directive towards making the systems in a new building work together towards a true increase in efficiency and effectiveness.

Basically, the LEED group at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) keeps raising the bar. As projects are being completed that meet LEED standards, the organization changes the requirements. Their thought on this is that if they continue to raise the standards, we’ll improve the sustainable quality of buildings through future years.

Interesting twist: Built Green Colorado has taken a hiatus, in that they have embraced the LEED system at USGBC, in a sense. All these local and regionally based standards set by groups around the country have made it confusing. LEED has become more widely accepted geographically, so it’s making it a more standardized model throughout the country may likely make it easier for all of us to talk more intelligently and clearly about sustainably designed projects.

You may not think it’s worth your time to think thoroughly about this ‘green building’ stuff. But I think it’s  important for me to learn more about this, and to continue to understand where all of this is going.

This will give me the opportunity to help you achieve the results you want on a number of levels. You may not know that you want a green home, but you do know that you want a more comfortable home, or a home with excellent air quality, a higher resale value, or one which is environmentally less impactful.

It’s continuing to be a moving target, and what I’m working towards is a knowledge base that not only helps us achieve the ‘green’ results, but to actually understand “the why” behind these things that help us rate the ‘green-ness’ of a home or remodeling project.

I’m spending the time these next two days to do a better job for you, and to continue to be in a position to be a resource for you. Even if you’re not in a place where you think you need a Realtor, you may be considering a project where you need to know more about how to choose a consultant.

Pick the wrong architect, builder, contractor and you might not get the results you want. I want to help you avoid this problem. However strange it may seem, I see this as part of my purpose as a Realtor working for you. Knowing who to consult with, and how to choose that consultant is a very important step. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to learn from people like David Neiger at Populus.

This isn’t how I get paid, but it’s how I give back to my community (and your community), and hopefully even if you’re not ready to use a Realtor, when you know someone who is, you’ll encourage that person to call me. I’m here to help. As Mr. Ripley said: “believe it, or not”.

Whether it’s vacant land for sale, sustainably designed green-built homes for saleneighborhood profiles, or Boulder county business profiles, I strive every day to give you the useful information and critical support you need to make an informed decision.

Call, Text, or Email me. I’m never too busy for your referrals, as a real estate professional intent on giving back to the community, my relationship-based approach is exactly what you’ve been looking for in a helpful Realtor, and I will listen to you.

So you may not be moving, but if you know someone who is, I’d love to hear from you. Call, Text, or Email me anytime.

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder


2 Responses to “LEED For Homes Intensive Training”

  1. mary davidson on October 9th, 2009 6:56 pm

    Hi Zachary,
    I was wondering how you got the old Ecobroker logo?? I can’t seem to find it anywhere. You write a really good detailed post – good luck with the class! Take care, Mary (Ecobroker MA)

  2. Zachary on October 13th, 2009 12:43 pm

    I’m not sure where you saw the ‘old’ EcoBroker logo, but I have old and new versions both of which I got from the EcoBroker website. As an EcoBroker member, you can download logos from the site. I think it’s in the marketing area.

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