Content & Course Objectives

Green Designation Elective: Commercial REALTORS®

For RCA Developers Day




8:30 Registration & Introductions


8:50 Morning Session

Part 1: Motivation and Trends

·         Identify the extent of sustainable commercial buildings

·         Describe the quantitative and qualitative motivations for sustainable commercial properties

Part 3: Certifications and Ratings  

·         Describe sustainability certifications and ratings for building designs and energy use

o        Leadership in Energy and environmental Design (LEED) certification by the US Green Building Council

§         How the LEED process works

§         Is it worth the expense?

o        Energy Star Program by the US Environmental Protection Agency

o        Additional state and international standards

o        Ratings of Equipment Processes and Materials

§         ASHRAE 90.1-2004 (Commercial baseline code under HB 2454)

§         2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Residential baseline code under HB 2454)

o        Case studies: Green Globe analysis, Philip Merrill Environmental Center. Exercise: Identifying Key Concepts of LEED 3.0

·         Identify the benefits and limitations of pursuing certifications

Part 4: Advanced Concepts in Sustainable Design

·         Discuss advanced sustainable building principles and actions for commercial property in new construction and remodeling/retrofitting of existing buildings

·         Describe innovative technologies and techniques in sustainable commercial property

·         Skill Builder – addressing occupant priorities


11:25 – Morning Wrap-up  Sustainability from the Architects Perspective: Dwayne Robinett, AIA LEED AP – REES and Associates, Architects


12:10 - Keynote Presentation & Lunch – Derek Sparks, Field Representative for Congresswoman Mary Fallin.  Discussion of Commercial Building Energy Conservation Section of Cap & Trade Bill


1:10 Afternoon Session

Part 5: Existing Buildings

·         Identify best practices of planning green improvements for existing buildings

·         Identify smaller-project (operations and maintenance) sustainability practices for existing buildings

·         Identify larger-project (capital upgrades) retrofits of existing buildings

·         Identify the advantages of retro-commissioning and ongoing commissioning of existing buildings

·         Case study – EPA HQ Sacramento

Part 6: Valuation and Financing of Sustainable Commercial Properties

·         Discuss the methods for valuing green commercial properties or commercial properties with green features

·         Discuss quantities and qualitative value of sustainable property with owners, lenders, and appraisers

·         List sources of funding for sustainable real estate

·         Identify underwriters and appraisers’ approach to valuation

Part 2: Commercial Broker’s Role in Sustainable Commercial Property

·         Identify the sustainable commercial building client types

·         Provide relevant market information to clients

o        EPA & DEQ

§         Estimates numbers of buildings that are Energy Star and LEED certifications

§         air quality - CO2 emission reporting, etc.

o        Planning & Zoning

§         Density Bonuses, fast track for building permits

§         TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) LIFT (Local Infrastructure Financing Tool) CRF (Community Redevelopment Financing)

·         Explain the considerations of Green Leases

·         Guide clients and customers in evaluating the benefits and risks of remodeling/retrofitting commercial building features

·         Case studies: Client counseling consulting check list




3:15     Afternoon Wrap-up with Questions and Answers What a Developer needs to know about building LEED buildings: Gary Brooks – Cornerstone Development Group


4:00     Test for GREEN Elective CE Credit (Real Estate Commission or Appraisal Board do not require a test)