More real estate brokers are becoming LEED professionals

In a recent article in the Chronicle it was reported that of the nearly 1,000 LEED professionals in Houston, and estimated 10 percent are commercial real estate brokers, and that number will double in the next five years.

“LEED AP,” the professional designation synonymous with the green building industry, is most often found on business cards of architects, engineers and construction professionals.

The label stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. The designation is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council, which has a related program where buildings earn LEED certification for energy efficiency.

But commercial real estate brokers are now adding the initials to their signatures, too, in hopes of standing out in a competitive industry hard hit by the national recession.

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