The Green Remodel Workshop for the G Home Professional

Your first step to your G Home License

These two 3-hour sessions are the first step to getting started in the G Home Program. This is a powerful program that will dispel green myths that green is too expensive or not practical. Course material will demonstrate why solar and Energy Star is not necessarily ‘green,’ and the reason why the big production Builders will never build a truly green home until they shift their entire business model.

Five case studies will be shared that validate the G Home remodel as a means to providing a home that is healthier for the occupant, use up to 70% less energy and water, produce less waste, are more livable and better designed, sell in fewer days for values that are better than market, and appraise higher.

Upon course completion, attendees will qualify to take the G Home exam, and apply for a G Home license.

Objectives of the Green Remodel Workshop:

  • Compare 3 national rating systems
  • Describe the six environmental impact categories
  • Share five G Home case studies certified and verified by LEED or the NAHB
  • Explain the G Home process from start to finish
  • Describe the necessary steps needed to improve value and minimize days on market

Day 1

I. Intro
Major metro-Markets have seen single family building permits have plummeted 80% from all time highs at the end of 2005. New homes are not being built and new residential construction is at an all time historic low. Meanwhile, gas prices are above $3.00 a gallon and driving distances to and from work is becoming expensive. Many older homes lack efficiency and updated design, but are located in desired areas and closer to work for many. Now, is the perfect time to remodel single family homes, which follow a nationally recognized green rating system.

II. Green Rating Systems
The main objections to green remodeling is that it is too expensive, too confusing, not practical, or a political statement. A problem is ‘everything’ is marketed as green by certain manufacturers and contractors, creating consumer confusion as to what green means. The G Home conforms to two nationally rated green certifications, NAHB or LEED. Explanation will also be provided as to why Energy Star is not green and the importance of green certification by a nationally recognized third party.

III. Environmental Impact Areas Defined
Whether pursuing LEED or NAHB green certification, the same environmental impact areas must be considered. There are common building strategies that are encouraged in regard to energy, water, indoor air quality, site, location, and materials.

IV. Putting it to Practice
This pictorial of five G Home case studies will demonstrate the strategies used when pursuing Emerald certification, along with a detailed analysis of budget choices and market performance.

Day 2 (G Home Case Studies cont’d from Day 1)

V. The G Home
A nationally recognized third party verified green certificate assures a strict rating system was followed. But, a green rating system does not consider budget or design by professionals. Good design sells homes, especially when a home is perceived as very livable by the future homeowner. The G Home averages less than 30 days on market, and a sales price of 30-70% or better than market.

VI. Selecting the Home to Remodel
Your profit is made on the acquisition. This section will share common strategies on selecting the the preferred G Home prospective property. A pre-requisite to applying for the G Home program is that the remodel is pre-1980. A home that has a remodel budget of at least 50k is an ideal property to go through the G Home Program, however, a budget of at least 30k may be approved for the program based on the experience of the project owner.

VII. The Design Team
In order to guarantee success, each G Home has the recommendations of key professionals, including an ASID Interior Designer, a Landscape Designer, a RESNET approved Energy Rater, a G Home Certification Manager, a Real Estate Professional, and an Architect if city permits are required.

VIII. Green Certification Management
Awarded the 2010 and 2011 NAHB Advocacy for Green Remodeling, the G Home Program will facilitate your NAHB green certificate, coordinating with the NAHB Verifier and submitting all necessary paperwork and reports.

IX. Marketing your G Home
You will see the tools used to maximize market exposure and differentiation. Items include the G Home Performance Report, the G Home yard sign, social media and web listings, media exposure, and an artist created custom G tile.

X. The Appraisal
G Homes continue to receive higher appraised values than market listings. You will hear the success stories.

At the end of your 6 hour program, you will receive an online exam.

The Green Remodel Workshop is approved for the following CEU’s:

  • USGBC
  • NAHB
  • AIA
  • ASID