Sustainability Education Update and LEED Credential CreditFebruary 17, 2016
| Todd Feist
IREM has a number of education and training opportunities on sustainable and energy-efficient real estate, and we have recently become a USGBC Education Partner. This means that you can access select IREM courses through the Education @USGBC (their online education catalog), in addition to www.irem.org/courses. LEED professionals can earn credential maintenance credits for IREM courses on sustainability topics.
Here are the courses currently available through Education @USGBC and www.irem.org/courses.
- Analyzing and Presenting Deep Retrofit Value online course series: this three-course series examines how deep sustainability and energy retrofits contribute to real estate asset value. The courses are available through the Education @USGBC subscription service. The series includes the following courses:
- Financing Energy Efficiency Projects: this online course reviews different public and private financing methods for energy efficiency projects.
- Sustainable Real Estate Management: This online course provides a comprehensive overview of sustainable management. Managers of affordable housing properties can meet HUD Market-to-Market Green Initiative and Green Retrofit Program requirements by completing the 8-hour course.
- IREM hosts a monthly sustainability webinar. Past speakers include real estate and sustainability professionals from Prologis, Weingarten Realty, the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge, Kilroy Realty, and Rocky Mountain Institute. Visit www.irem.org/webinars to register.
The following courses and workshops are forthcoming:
- Accessing and Using Energy Data to Improve Property Operations: the online version of this course, which examines how to obtain and use whole-building and interval energy data, will be available by the end of February 2016. IREM will also roll out a series of live workshops on this topic this year.
- IREM is seeking workshop proposals from real estate professionals and consultants experienced in sustainability and energy efficiency. To submit a proposal, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and experience, your proposed topic, a workshop title, and a brief description. Topics of interest include:
- Sustainability and Asset Value
- Energy Upgrades and Capital Planning
- Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency
- Low-Cost, High-Impact Energy Improvements
- The State of Solar Energy
- Reducing Demand Charges
- Participating in Demand Response Programs
- Other topics on energy efficiency
The certification process for the IREM® Certified Sustainable Property program also serves as an excellent training and engagement program for your property teams. Visit www.irem.org/gogreen to get started.
About the Author
Todd Feist is the Sustainability Program Manager at IREM Headquarters in Chicago. He develops classroom and online courses and helps manage the IREM Sustainability program, including the IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification.