Introduction to Green Buildings: Principles & Concepts


This introductory course focuses on the evolution of green buildings, the concept of sustainability in buildings, and the principles, practices, and components that distinguish sustainable buildings from conventional buildings.

Notes. This course is in the Valuation of Sustainable Buildings Professional Development Program. View this list of FAQs, which includes information regarding the courses you’ll need to complete the program successfully.


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State Approvals
Appraisal Institute On Demand Online  Check Register
Appraisal Institute April 13-14, 2023 Synchronous  Check Register

Program State Approval & Hours

Some AI educational programs may not be approved in every state and every delivery format. To see a list of all state approvals across all formats for this course, please use the link below.

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Who should Enroll

  • Real property appraisers
  • Lenders
  • Underwriters
  • Public officials
  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Attorneys
  • Property tax assessors
  • Builders
  • AMC administrators


  • Recognize competency and standards implications of appraising green buildings.
  • Trace the evolution of green buildings.
  • Identify the six elements of green building.
  • Identify benefits and costs of green buildings.
  • Recognize the green building certification and ratings programs for energy conservation and sustainability.
  • Identify the primary areas of green reporting.
  • Address the highest and best use implications of green building.
  • Consider the three approaches to value in the context of green buildings.




Yes, 1 hours



Appraisal Institute CE Points

Attend: 75 AI Points,  Attend and Pass Exam: 125 AI Points,  Pass Only: 0 AI Points

Class Time

7 hours



Program Overview

Required and/or Recommended Equipment

None specified

System Requirements

Additional Information

Classroom & Synchronous

Course Materials Include:

  • Course Handbook (231 pp.)
This classroom course is approved for GBCI CE Hours by the USGBC.

You will be asked to clear the calculator’s memory before and after the examination. Only one calculator is permitted in the testing room. Examinees taking most AI exams may bring their own calculator to use during the exam. Laptops, cellular phones, tablets, iPads, wearable technology (smart watch, Apple Watch, Google Glass, etc.), and other devices that can store data or connect to the Internet are NOT permitted during the exam. In addition, all watches, wallets, bags, and purses must be removed and stored out of reach prior to taking the exam.


This course contains a proctored, offline exam that may be required for credit in some states. Please contact your individual state(s) for specific exam requirements. Participants taking the class for the Professional Development Program are required to pass the exam. You will have 90 days from the time that you complete the course to take the exam. Testing center locations in your area can be found by clicking on this link:
Exam FAQ

Online Course Access
Go to and log in with the username and password you used when you registered. Click on the red “My Account” button if you are not automatically taken to your account page.
1. Click "Education and Events" on the right navigation menu.
2. Find the course under the “Online Courses” heading and click the “Begin” button.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once this button is clicked, your access length time (e.g. 90 days) will begin. Only click when you intend to start the course. If you are returning, once you have started the course, click the “Continue” button to continue.

This course is approved for GBCI CE Hours by the USGBC.

Other Details
For information about how on demand online education programs work, registration and cancellation policies, and other details, see our On Demand Online Education Frequently Asked Questions or email 

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