Brokers get green certification

A new program allows brokers to become educated and certified in green real estate.

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Several Oregon brokers have taken advantage of a new program that certifies them as “green brokers.”

With an increase in green building, knowledge of sustainable real estate is becoming more important.

The Certified Green Broker program is a 30-hour course and two-hour exam that covers sustainability from the position of a broker. The coursework covers 10 areas of sustainable real estate, from quantifying the return on sustainable investments to giving building tours focused around green features. The course is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the same group that designed LEED certification, as an approved education provider program, and qualifies for continued education credits in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

Six percent of all commercial buildings in the nation are LEED certified, and 50 percent of new developments in the Northwest are tracking the certification. Both of those percentages are expected to rise significantly over the next few years.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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