Earth Advantage Institute and Nexus Energy Center Awarded Funding for Realtor and Appraiser Trainings

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Earth Advantage Institute, (EAI) and Alabama based nonprofit, Nexus Energy, have been awarded funding from the Energy Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to participate in the State Energy Program’s initiative to plan and implement energy programs in Alabama.

"The project includes training real estate professionals and appraisers about the benefits and value of green homes and retrofits."

Nexus is the prime contractor on this award and will be teaming up with EAI as subcontractor to offer energy efficiency training for real estate professionals and appraisers. EAI and Nexus have worked together since 2010 as part of a four-state project that aims to increase residential energy efficiency through energy audits and upgrades; and by training real estate professionals and appraisers about the benefits and value of green homes and retrofits. EAI is pleased to continue its excellent partnership with Nexus. Daniel Tait, program manager at Nexus Energy Center comments, “Our partnership with Earth Advantage has been tremendous in terms of market transformation. Together, we’ve had the opportunity to showcase the great benefits of green and energy efficient building to realtors and appraisers throughout the state.”

In addition to the trainings Nexus and EAI have already delivered in Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama, this award will focus on delivering training to real estate professionals and appraisers in other communities throughout Alabama, including Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Mobile, Montgomery, Dothan and Gadsden. In each of those cities, EAI will deliver a two-day appraiser and two-day real estate professional training. Because of the generous support of ADECA, training will be available to participants at no cost.

The Appraising Green Homes course builds participants' knowledge of green building and provides an introduction to all phases of green residential construction, from proper siting of a home to finish material selection. Participants analyze valuation studies and cost data for green residential projects and engage in appraising green homes through case studies. Once appraisers complete Appraising Green Homes, they are eligible to seek certification through EAI as a Certified Residential Green Appraiser.

S.T.A.R. (Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals) is a certification course that provides brokers and agents with the knowledge and skills to communicate with clients about the value and benefits of a new or remodeled green home. Students who successfully complete the certification earn the designation of Earth Advantage® Broker. A recent graduate of the course said, “I truly hope that more people take this course. It provides important and timely information that will help make a huge difference in our work with buyers and sellers and in our communities." Both courses include hands-on learning through tours of certified green homes or homes that have had energy retrofits and both courses have been approved for continuing education credits. There are currently over 1400 Earth Advantage Brokers in AL, OR, WA, VA, and NV.

About Nexus Energy
Nexus Energy’s mission is to create a clean energy future for Alabama. Nexus Energy provides services to help residents and businesses in Alabama save energy, reduce energy costs, switch to renewable energy sources, and take control of their energy future.

About Earth Advantage Institute
Earth Advantage Institute’s nonprofit mission is to advance better built buildings, directly and permanently reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We do this by focusing our efforts on building certification, education, research and consulting. Our organization uses an innovation model that recognizes profit-driven motives while remaining at the vanguard of industry change. We aim to create a building industry that harmonizes the natural and built environment for future generations.

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