USGBC Illinois Chapter Defines the “Green Home”

by Chicago Agent

On November 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois Chapter’s North/Northwest Suburban Branch will be hosting a presentation on the residential green real estate market.

The session, which will apply to new and existing green homes, will present informative discussions on the definition of a green home, implementation of the Green MLS, presentation of early market research and valuation and appraisal concerns.

The seminar will assist all real estate professionals in understanding the history and fundamentals of green building on both national and local scales. Professionals will learn the proper way to market these properties so that they are set apart without green washing.

Voluntary certification programs such as LEED for homes, NAHB, Energy Star and Chicago Green Homes will be discussed so that real estate professionals can familiarize themselves with the requirements of each certification.

This session will give professionals the opportunity to educate themselves on green issues and stay up-to-date with green-happenings in the market. By the conclusion of the program, professionals will be able to identify third-party green home certification programs, use the MLS to search for and market green homes for clients, explain Chicagoland’s green homes market and explain issues related to green valuation and appraisal.

Sarah Coulter from @properties and Laura Reedy Stukel from the Center for Neighborhood Technology will be speaking at the event. The event will take place at Terrazzo & Marble Supply, located in Wheeling.

For more information on this event and for online registration, visit http://admin.usgbc-illinois.org/widget/calendar?eventId=266464&EventViewMode=2&CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=11/24/2011.

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