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Free Green Building Lectures

The City of Scottsdale's Green Building Program advocates responsible use of our natural resources in the design and construction of our built environment. Each lecture will address one of the many green building topics that demonstrate energy/resource efficient, healthy, and environmentally responsible building practices.  

Next Lecture - June 4, 2015

Innovative Green Built Projects in Scottsdale

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road​​

(NW corner of McDowell & Granite Reef, north of the convenience store)

Who’s building green in downtown Scottsdale and the southern part of the city? Find out at Scottsdale’s upcoming June green building lecture on innovative green projects. Hear about a mixed-use adaptive reuse and multi-family infill projects in walkable mixed-use neighborhoods. Christina Noble, Contour Architecture and Ed Gorman, Modus Development will discuss the challenges and successes with innovative residential and commercial projects that exemplify principles of resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living. 


Christina Noble, AIA, LEED AP, Contour Architecture
As founder of Contour Architecture, Christina Noble designs creative spaces for downtown places. With a background in community-focused architecture, she has a special affection for projects focused on revitalizing communities through sensitive, inclusive and sustainable design. Christina specializes in mixed-use developments that contribute to a walkable urban environment. Christina is a fifth-generation Arizona native who feels passionately about making a difference in her local community – through the projects she completes as well as active engagement with various community groups. Christina frequently writes about design and architecture for the American Institute of Architects and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Forum, an AIA Arizona architecture and design journal.

Ed Gorman, Modus Development
Gorman is an award-winning developer of Arizona's first net-zero energy townhomes. With an extensive background in real estate development that includes site acquisition, design, construction, and financing, he created a company that pioneers in high-performance buildings focusing on energy-efficient, multifamily, tech-savvy, and luxury residential developments. Gorman will discuss the future of sustainable green homes and how to achieve the Net-Zero Energy Standard. Gorman will address the important steps to profoundly reduce energy consumption and minimize carbon footprint while increase savings by building and living in net-zero energy homes.
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Lecture location  

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road

(NW corner Granite Reef and McDowell Road, immediately north of AM/PM convenience store)

Download the Green Building Lecture Series (pdf/412kb)

Season Schedule 2014-2015

November 6, 2014 - Green Home Rating Programs:  Scottsdale Green Building, ENERGY STAR for Homes, and LEED for Homes

Green building programs have evolved over the last 15 years as a whole-systems design approach to minimize the environmental impacts of buildings including energy, water, materials, and indoor environmental quality. Since 1998, over 1300 green homes have been certified under Scottsdale’s green building program. What does this mean? Does it make a difference? Can we do better? Come hear about newly improved green building certification programs, their benefits and differences, including Scottsdale’s regionally derived rating program, Energy Star 3.1, and LEED for Homes v4.

December 4, 2014 - Energy Disclosures in the Marketplace: Building Economic Value while Reducing Energy Costs

Energy efficiency is widely recognized as the most cost-effective way to reduce reliance on non-renewable fuel sources and avoid the costly development of more power plants. While energy codes have made important strides over the last decade for new construction, benchmarking and disclosure programs have gained prominence for existing buildings. Hear about these programs and important links that can drive the real estate market towards greater energy efficiency, comfort, and value for existing homes and businesses.

February 5, 2015 -Edible Landscapes and Urban Gardening

Join urban gardeners as they share the benefits and how-to's of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. Learn about our planting and harvesting seasons and how easy it is to raise chickens in your back yard. Find out about the wide range of community gardens available for you to participate in and how school gardens provide students with valuable skills. Come join in the conversation and be inspired to grow.

March 5, 2015 - Tiny House Movement

This is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are because of environmental concerns, financial concerns and seeking more time and freedom. Hear from several local tiny house advocates about the choices they’ve made in pursuing tiny house living.

April 2, 2015 - Using Smart Technologies to Manage Energy and Water Use

Can energy dash boards, smart thermostats, integrated lighting controls and high efficiency plumbing fixtures make a difference in resource depletion and the unintended consequences of growth and development? Hear about new and cutting-edge technologies that reduce our resource consumption, curtail our reliance on non-renewable resources, improve comfort/convenience, and lower our operation costs.

May 7, 2015 - Cool Roofs in the Urban Desert

Did you know that 43% of all electricity consumed in Phoenix metro area homes is used for air conditioning? Cool roofs reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort. Learn about cool roofing strategies from solar reflective surfaces to radiant barriers and attic ventilation techniques.

June 4, 2015 - Green Innovative Built Projects

Who are some of the local creative agents creating new building prototypes for the 21st century? What are the innovative features? Come see and hear about successes with innovative residential and commercial projects that exemplify principles of resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living.

For more information on the Green Building Lecture series please call 480-312-3111.

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