The “green design” trend is transforming the design industry, and having a major effect on home design plans. As a professional home stager, you have a responsibility to the environment as well as your client’s health – both of which can be improved through green design. In the final unit of your home staging class, become familiar with the environmental impact of appliances, water, and other materials used in home design plans. Learn about the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp of approval and the Green Label Plus certification, and how to select furniture items based on these identifiers.

Discover how hazardous interior painting can be in your home staging projects, and find out how to select eco-friendly paints that don’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Ensure your clients’ health by improving indoor air quality, and learn how to make every area of the home greener with a room-by-room guide.

Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) is a third-party certification that encourages the selection of eco-friendly materials and certifies individual home designers. Become a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) by completing an exam and obtaining a certification, with instructions outlined in this unit. Adding this designation to your online home staging certification is an excellent way to expand your knowledge and create green homes for your clients.