By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow
Craig Foley is the chief of energy solutions for RE/MAX Leading Edge, and founder of Sustainable Real Estate Consulting Services. Craig is a leading advocate for high-performance buildings in the Northeast.
Craig’s combination of real estate and energy management skills give him a unique perspective about sustainable energy solutions. He is the author of the first reports on high-performance home market in Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013. He was named by RE/MAX New England as the “Realtor of the Month” for March 2013. Craig was one of five people in the United States to receive the EverGreen Award by the National Association of REALTORS® Green REsource Council in 2013 for his advocacy of the green real estate industry in 2013.
He worked with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER) on an initiative to create a continuing education course for real estate agents called High-Performance, Green Homes in Residential Real Estate. It was approved as a continuing education course for Massachusetts real estate agents as RE86R14 in July, 2014. The course was also approved for CE credits in New Hampshire and Vermont. Other consulting work includes a project to implement “auto-pop” capabilities of solar PV information into the multiple listing service (MLS) with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and several projects with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships to assist real estate market participants with energy efficiency training and resources, including the Home Energy Labelling Information Exchange (HELIX) initiative.
Craig is also a public speaker and has been engaged by organizations such as the nationally syndicated “Real Estate Today” Radio, National Association of Home Builders IBS 2016, Greenbuild 2015, Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit, Affordable Comfort, Inc, the U.S. Green Building Council, ISO New England, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the Appraisal Institute, TEDxSomerville, and the National Association of Realtors®. He is also a Massachusetts certified real estate instructor.
Craig serves as the Advocacy Coordinator for the MA Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, for his work in 2013 the MA Chapter awarded him its “Advocacy Volunteer of the Year”. He led a group of stakeholders to recommend green data field updates for the region's predominant multiple listing service. The new data fields were implemented in January, 2015.
Craig serves as an Advisory Board member of the NAR Green REsource Council. He currently serves on NAR’s Land Use, Privacy Rights, and Environment Committee, as well as the Member Mobilization Task Force for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR). He also served MAR as a participant on a subcommittee to rewrite the association’s energy policy.
For more information on Craig’s consulting projects please see his website.