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impact and reduce the energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of its occupants.


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News and Updates 

Scottsdale is updating the Green Home Rating Checklist

Scottsdale’s Green Home Rating Checklist has been periodically updated to stay current with building code changes, building product innovations and construction industry trends. Since the last major update in 2007, the green building market has been transformed by national programs such as LEED for Homes and the National Green Building Standard (residential) along with numerous case studies and performance evaluations. In addition to the regional adoption of the International Energy Construction Code, there have been numerous initiatives spurred by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) involving green building materials, water use reduction, energy efficiency improvements, and renewable energy technologies.

The green home rating checklist update is intended to enhance the sustainability of our built environment in the context of the Sonoran Desert and greater southwest region. Although the update is primarily technical in nature, there are opportunities for process improvements including third party verification and certification. Review the public comment draft (pdf/561kb). The launch date for the new rating checklist is scheduled for July 2015.

For more information, please contact Anthony Floyd, Green Building Program Manager, City of Scottsdale, afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, 480-312-4202.

Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series

The City of Scottsdale's Green Building Program advocates responsible use of our natural resources in the design and construction of buildings in our unique Sonoran Desert environment. The lectures feature local practitioners that share their knowledge, perspectives and experience towards adoption and advancement of energy/resource efficient, healthy, and environmentally responsible building practices. To view the 2014/15 Green Building Lecture Series schedule visit:  Green Building Lecture Series.

Top 10 Most Energy-Efficient States in 2013 includes Massachusetts and California, with Arizona not far behind at #12

Energy efficiency measures are thriving around the United States, as reported in the 7th annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The State Scorecard shows that the top 10 states for energy efficiency are: Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Maryland, and Illinois. Arizona came close at #12 and is #4 among western states following  California, Oregon, and Washington. Massachusetts retains the top spot for the third year in a row based on its continued commitment to energy efficiency under its Green Communities Act. For more information visit - at http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard

Energy Efficiency Idea Guide for Arizona

Energy efficiency creates jobs that are primarily local. Additionally, it reduces cash outflow from the economy by reducing fuel imports while making locally-produced goods and services more competitive in the marketplace. However, many barriers limit energy efficiency’s true potential. The goal of the Energy Efficiency Idea Guide is to provide policymakers and stakeholders a quick-read of forty-six ideas for potential policies, programs and initiatives that can increase the adoption of energy efficiency in the built environment in Arizona. It is intended to spark the beginning of conversations between stakeholders, not to be the definitive resource with all the answers set in stone. https://asunews.asu.edu/20130423_energyguide

Scottsdale adopts the 2012 Energy and Green Construction Codes

On December 4, 2012, Scottsdale City Council adopted the 2012 suite of building codes including the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The IgCC will serve as compliance mechanism for the city’s voluntary Commercial Green Building Program. However, the IgCC will become mandatory as part of the planning approval process when development bonuses are granted for floor area, building height or density. This significant step makes it easier for developers of commercial and multi-family housing to be green certified by addressing summer heat island mitigation, transportation impact mitigation, resource efficient building materials, energy efficiency, water efficient plumbing systems, indoor pollutant control, mechanical equipment sound mitigation and daylighting. The new code provides flexibility to adapt to Scottsdale’s geographic conditions and environmental quality of life while promoting uniformity of performance criteria from city to city. By fully integrating the green code into the city’s plan review and inspection process, green certification is streamlined and a Green Certificate of Occupancy is issued following the final building inspection ...read more

Net Zero Energy Future ...more (pdf/8mb/68pp)

Steps towards a Sustainable and Energy Free Home ...more (pdf/1mb/1p)

A Culture of Sustainability (pdf/334kb) - a brochure that showcases Scottsdale's environmental efforts

Comparative Overview of National and Local Green Home Rating Programs...more (pdf/53kb/1p)

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency ...more  

Municipal Green Building Policies Report: Strategies for Transforming Building Practices in the Private Sector

The past few years have seen a tremendous surge in municipal green building policies. A growing number of local governments recognize that changing building practices is important not only for conserving scarce natural resources and preventing pollution, but also for improving health and productivity and achieving economic sustainability. This report reviews more than 30 municipal policies that aim to advance green building in the private sector by (1) establishing mandatory green building criteria;(2) providing expedited review as an incentive for green building; or (3) offering other direct financial incentives for green building, including grants, fee waivers, tax breaks, and bonus development - for more information go to:

Architecture 2030 - Climate Change and the Built Environment

Green Building Program Awards

Scottsdale adopts LEED Gold Policy

Lectures & events

Green Building Lecture Series 

GreenBuild Conference and Expo 

Thursdays on City Cable 11

Green Building Programs
Please See Cable 11 Program Schedule for Air Times




Program Overview for New Construction


Green Home Buyers Guide  


GB Remodeling Workbook 


Landscape Revitalization Workbook   


Green Design Principles  

USGBC Green Home Guide

GB Expo Info

2007 Green Building EXPO Directory (pdf/482kb/6pp)

2006 Green Building EXPO Directory (pdf/4.5mb/22pp)

2005 Green Building EXPO Directory (pdf/1.4mb/16pp)

Green Transportation

Scottsdale Bikeways 

Transportation Alternatives

Remodeling and Energy Improvements

Green Home Remodeling Tips (pdf/40kb/2pp)
Green Home Guide
Going Green in Your Home
Energy Star
How to Hire Home Remodelerslinks to external site


AZ Solar Center 

Arizona Goes Solar  

Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar HOA Restrictions - ARS #33-1816, Solar Energy Devices (pdf/150kb/2pp)

Model Solar Panel Placement Guidelines (pdf/8mb/44pp)

Shade Overhang Dimensions  (pdf/40kb/1p)

Solar Plan Review Quality Submittal Guidelines (pdf/434kb/12pp)

Scottsdale's Solar System/ Green Digital Submittals


Architectural and Engineering Design Guidelines

Building Resource Center

Codes and Ordinances


Graywater Guidelines

Harvesting Water for Landscape Use

Water Conservation Department

Waste Management

Recycler Finder 

Refuse and Recycling


Healthy Building Network    

Green Building Education

 Educational Packets


Mailing Address

City of Scottsdale
Green Building Program
7447 E Indian School Rd, Suite 125
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: 480-312-7080

Lecture Address 

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N Granite Reef Road
(NW corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store)

green building checklists


Project Profiles