Online Home Sustainability Courses

Be ahead of the curve on changing sustainability standards

Online Home Sustainability Courses
68%of homebuyers want an environmentally friendly home

Sustainable high-performance homes are quickly becoming the norm. 68% of home buyers want an environmentally friendly home, and 37% say they would pay an extra $10,000 to make that a reality.* Meanwhile, 39% of REALTORS® aren't comfortable talking about these types of homes.* (source National Association of REALTORS®)

Why Rise online courses?

  • Leading Online Authority
    Rise is the trusted online resource in sustainable home improvement, renovation, and building with over 2.5 Million visitors to our online platform.

  • Trusted Online Resource
    Rise is a private Certified B Corporation not beholden to any interest groups or government organizations. Our content is unbiased and non-sponsored, so you can trust that you are getting the real facts about the topic of sustainability and its impact on the planet. We know that climate change is real and we want to do something about it.

  • Team of Experts
    Content is created in collaboration with experts in LEED, building science, environmental design, sustainability, permaculture, earthen construction and more!. Rise offers 600+ articles and 250+ product pages that are accessed by thousands of users daily.

  • Connecting the Industry Through Education
    Rise is accelerating the adoption of sustainable home improvement by empowering and educating the world to do so. We connect the construction industry through education.

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Rise’s mission is to empower Real Estate Professionals with the unbiased resources they need to help their clients buy and improve homes that will benefit their health, their wealth, and the planet. Rise is dedicated to providing an exceptional, multi-sensory learning experience with in-depth, researched content from industry experts.

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Rise Online Courses

Rise is dedicated to providing an exceptional, multi-sensory learning experience with in-depth, researched content from industry experts. Real estate and industry professionals will find content vital to their careers and educational courses to earn continuing education units, and become their clients’ trusted advisors resource in regards to sustainable homes. Courses can be accessed 24/7. New courses are added regularly so check back often for the latest in the Home Sustainability series!

Fundamentals of Sustainable Homes CourseFundamentals of Sustainable Homes is Arello Certified

Fundamentals of Sustainable Homes

Sustainable high-performance homes are quickly becoming the norm. Real estate professionals who take the time to understand the sustainable homes that homebuyers want are gaining the competitive edge and becoming their clients’ trusted resource. This course explores the different building standards that go above code and strategies to make a home more comfortable and energy-efficient, helping real estate professionals to find their clients a home that is healthy, durable, and sustainable.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics of a sustainable home;
  • Recognize various sustainability programs that go beyond the minimum building code requirements;
  • Explain how viewing the "House as a System" (HAAS) can help homeowners invest in the most effective, energy-efficient, and sustainable house upgrades;
  • Identify ways to increase a home’s sustainability through improving energy, heat, and water efficiency; and
  • List various sustainable products and systems, based on third-party certifications, that will increase a home's energy efficiency and sustainability and reduce its impact on the environment.
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Healthy Homes CourseHealthy Homes is Arello Certified

Healthy Homes

Homebuyers have countless things to consider when looking for the perfect home - and their family’s health may be at the top of the list. In recent years, the demand for healthy and efficient homes has grown. Many house features either protect or damage our families’ lungs, skin, digestion, sinuses, and even our brain function. In this course, real estate professionals will learn how to recognize and understand healthy home elements. While this course is not an exhaustive list of every possible sustainable design element, it provides a starting point in the healthy house hunting journey.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify air quality hotspots in the home and how they affect the health of those who live there
  • Compare popular home building materials and recognize unhealthy ingredients
  • Choose cleaners and air purifiers that keep a home clean and healthy
  • Outline what to look for and how to test a home's drinking water
  • Identify the different ventilation systems and add-ons that can improve the indoor air quality in a home
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Rise Sustainable Real Estate Check

Are you prepared to meet the increasing home buyer demand for sustainable, healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable homes? The relationship between a homebuyer and a real estate professional is a trusted one. As the demand for sustainable homes grows, gain a competitive advantage by understanding and identifying unique sustainability features that other real estate professionals miss.

Learn more about the Sustainable Real Estate Check here.

Rise Sustainable Real Estate Check
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How do I sign up for an online course?
If this is your first course with Rise, you will need to create an account on our separate learning management system. Once you have created your account, you can login and enroll in any of the available courses.

How long do I have to complete the course?
You will have 30 days from the registration date to complete the course. After 30 days, the course will automatically expire, and you will need to repurchase the course.

How long will I have access to my certificate of completion?
Upon successfully completing each Rise course, you will have access to your certificate for 6 months from the registration date to download and print the certificate. We recommend that you immediately download and print the certificate following the completion of each course.

The Rise courses are accredited by my association. When will my credits appear?
Rise will report credit on your behalf to approved organizations. Please ensure your profile is up to date and that you select the appropriate organization. Credits are reported on a monthly basis. Please allow ten business days for the credit to appear with your organization.

What is the refund policy?
All online course purchases are non-refundable.

How can I contact the instructor if I have any questions?
Each online course has a section at the beginning titled "Course Orientation," where you will be directed on how to email the instructor. Rise instructors are available between 8am - 4pm EST. Alternatively, you can email questions to, and someone will respond within one business day.

What are the minimum requirements to take an online course?
All you need is a computer and access to high speed internet!

What is Rise’s policy on cheating or misrepresenting learner identity?
The development and acquisition of knowledge are based on honesty, trust, responsibility, and respect. Rise expects members of our community to act with integrity; therefore any acts of dishonesty will be reported to your association.

Where can I read more about Rise’s policies and procedures?
You can read more about our policies, terms of service, and privacy policy here.