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Energy Matters - New Training for Commercial Building Valuation

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Given the increasing adoption of energy legislation by municipalities across the U.S. and the growing emphasis on the upside potential available through energy efficiency by investors, appraisers today more than ever need a thorough understanding of the role energy should play in the valuation process.   

This course is designed to assist commercial appraisers in advancing their own expertise in analyzing energy characteristics and in the process, set them apart – and ahead – of their competition. Appraisers will learn the role energy is currently playing in investment decisions and how to analyze it as a factor in the three approaches to value. The course includes new energy data points and tools not currently offered by any other national education providers in their existing continuing education courses.  

The course introduces a suite of three tools developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that can provide critical valuation information to appraisers on the various aspects of energy and building performance. Descriptions and demonstrations of the three tools and their respective outputs will be provided, as well as information on the applicability of their outputs in the appraisal process.   

Armed with this information, appraisers will be better equipped to competently evaluate the role that energy and building performance play in the appraisal process and in estimating Market Value.

*Made possible in part thanks to support from: 

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Learning Objectives
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  • Understand the increasing relevance of energy as a performance metric in the real estate markets
  • Understand what constitutes a competent valuation of a green, energy efficient property
  • Identify and assess the metrics investors are using today to assess their energy position
  • Understand the relevance and appropriate application of energy as a factor in commercial appraisals via three approaches to value, valuation and reconciliation
  • Gain access to publications used by investors and other market participants to evaluate energy metrics as part of their acquisition/disposition strategies
  • Learn about the three U.S. DOE & EPA tools (Portfolio Manager/Energy Star, Asset Score and the Buildings Performance Database) and how they work:
    • In what aspects of the valuation process they can provide useful data
    • What outputs of the tools are most useful as metrics of comparison in estimating Market Value

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This course has primarily been designed for Commercial Appraisers, but will also provide valuable information for Lenders. 

CEs & Cost
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CEs & Cost
Continuing Education 
None Available 

Course Fee 

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at or (503) 968-7160 x20