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IREM Becomes a HUD-Approved Training Provider via Approval of its Sustainable Real Estate Management Course


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Chicago, Aug. 2, 2010 –Thanks to approval by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of its course on “Sustainable Real Estate Management” (SRM001), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) has become a HUD-approved training provider. More specifically, IREM’s “Sustainable Real Estate Management” course fulfills core training requirements for green property management as part of HUD’s Mark to Market (M2M) Green Initiative and its Green Retrofit Program

HUD’s green programs, administered by the Office of Affordable Housing Preservation, encourage owners and purchasers of affordable multifamily properties to retrofit, rehabilitate and operate their properties using Green Building principles.  These principles comprise sustainability, energy and water efficiency, recycling, indoor air quality, and Integrated Pest Management.  The programs focus on properties within HUD’s Section 8, Section 202, Section 811, and USDA Section 515 portfolios. Owners awarded funding under HUD’s green programs must ensure that property management staff completes a minimum of 16 hours of training in a set of required topics and from an approved provider. IREM’s SRM001 satisfies the 8-hour core topics requirement.

“Sustainable Real Estate Management” was designed and developed with IREM Member-experts in sustainable, or "green," real estate management. The course focuses on common sense, cost-effective ways to meet owner, tenant, and resident demand for “green” real estate and increase a property’s NOI through sustainable real estate management techniques.  Requiring eight hours to complete, it is available in classroom format through IREM chapters and in a self-paced, online format through the IREM website. In satisfying HUD’s 8-hour core topics requirement, the course covers the following:

  • Green Building Principles and Practices Overview
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Green Operations and Maintenance

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By virtue of its HUD approval, the “Sustainable Real Estate Management” course becomes eligible for elective credit for those pursuing the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM) awarded jointly by the National Affordable Housing Management Association and the National Apartment Association Education Institute. The course also is eligible for elective credit toward the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR) Green Designation and continuing education credit for U.S. Green Building Council LEED Professionals.

Since 1969, the Chicago-based CCIM Institute has conferred the Certified Commercial
Investment Member (CCIM) designation to commercial real estate and allied professionals through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours, and professional experiential requirements. Currently, there are 9,000 CCIMs in 1,000 markets in the U.S. and 31 additional countries. An equal number of practitioners are pursuing the designation, making the Institute the governing body of one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, the CCIM Institute’s recognized curriculum, powerful technology tools, and networking programs impact and influence the way CCIM members do business. Visit for more information.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers across all property types dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, IREM has been a trusted source for knowledge, advocacy and networking for the real estate management community for more than 80 years.

IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors and has 80 U.S. chapters, 14 international chapters, and several other partnerships around the globe. Worldwide membership includes nearly 18,000 individual members and over 535 corporate members.

IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, and the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) accreditation. These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management. IREM also offers CPM Candidate, Associate, Student, and Academic memberships. All members are bound by the strictly enforced IREM Code of Professional Ethics.

Collectively, CPM Members in the United States manage nearly $2 trillion in real estate assets, including 11.4 million residential units and 10.4 billion net square feet of commercial space. To learn more about the IREM and its chapter network, call (800) 837-0706, ext. 4650 (outside the U.S. call (312) 329-6000) or visit