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Green Remodeling: Sustainable Ways to Renovate Homes

Green Remodeling: Sustainable Ways to Renovate Homes


Course Credit Hrs.
Green Remodeling: Sustainable Ways to Renovate Homes 3.00
How sustainable building science helps you make healthy design and product choices.
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  • This course will help you make remodeling choices that will conserve energy and create a healthy environment in which to live and work. It will introduce you to green construction methods and products so that you can better counsel your clients about their renovation projects, whether they be pre-sale fix-ups or complete remodels. When you and your clients adopt earth-friendly renovation practices, you are contributing to a healthier, more sustainable environment for us today, and for future generations. 

  • This course will help you better serve your clients by learning about sustainable renovation techniques, green design, and other methods to conserve and reduce the cost of energy in order to better counsel and advise your clients who intend to remodel their home or building.

    Section 1: Design
    Chapter 1: Why Remodel Green?
    Chapter 2: Design Basics
    Chapter 3: Renewable Energy
    Chapter 4: Green Surfaces and Finishes
    Chapter 5: Lighting
    Chapter 6: Electromagnetic Fields

    Section 2: Energy Efficiency
    Chapter 1: Energy Use
    Chapter 2: Windows and Walls
    Chapter 3: Crawl Spaces, Basements, and Attics
    Chapter 4: Heating and Cooling

    Section 3: Other Components of Green Remodeling
    Chapter 1: Resource Conservation and Durability
    Chapter 2: Water Conservation
    Chapter 3: Indoor Air Quality
    Chapter 4: Site Management
  • Subject Matter Expert:
    Nikki Nau

    Nikki Nau has a degree in Environmental Science, and has owned and operated an organic agriculture business. She is currently a managing partner at a Minnesota family business that specializes in green remodeling and renovation in the Twin Cities.

    Nikki publishes an e-newsletter that features eco-friendly real estate practices, and she has lectured on the importance of environmentally friendly practices. She has worked for the Nature Conservancy, which is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

    Nikki’s passion is to preserve and protect our natural resources, and to help people live in healthy, sustainable homes and workplaces.

    Instructor: Jim Luger
    Jim Luger has been a broker and instructor for over 30 years. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association, and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). You can contact Jim at


Visit the Vermont Real Estate Commission website for more information about continuing education requirements.

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