Why Becoming Credentialed In Green Property Management Is a Good Idea

Why Becoming Credentialed In Green Property Management Is a Good Idea

Posted on 10. Nov, 2009 by in Green

The smartest tip I can give to a “green” property manager is to let all your residents and prospective residents know that you’re an environmentally-thoughtful manager.

This sends the message that you care about the properties you manage and the well-being of the people who rent or lease those properties. It also tells the community that you run a responsible property management business, and that’s an important message.

The next tip I’ll give you is one that an enthusiastic “green” property management company needs to be aware of.

The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) offer the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM) to on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff based on green building principles and best practices, and HUD Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP) – established guidelines, with training offered by OAHP-recognized trainers.

If you decide to become a credentialed property manager you’ll have an advantage over the competition. You’ll attract property owners who are progressive-minded and who believe in the Green Revolution. Many do care about it. The Credential for Green Property Management will provide management companies and owners a mechanism for meeting their initial and ongoing training commitments to OAHP. (Check out the OAHP web site to learn more).

The Credential for Green Property Management is not restricted to employees of management companies who have opted for OAHP green restructuring. This credential will also benefit on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff at other affordable and conventional apartment communities employing Green Operations and Maintenance Practices. Credential holders will learn the latest techniques and technologies for making cost-saving green improvements at properties.

What is the Credential for Green Property Management Requirements? The HUD Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP) requires that projects going through the Green Initiative, which will receive the full benefits of a green restructure (including a maximum 50% increase in the Incentive Performance Fee, and a reduction in required owner contribution to as little as 3% of green rehabilitation costs), must have on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff certified in green building principles and practices.

This requirement can be met by completing a total of 16 hours of training in a variety of green building topics (learn more).

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