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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 - March 5, 2015

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Tiny House Movement

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

“The best way to realize the pleasure of feeling rich is to live in a smaller house than your means would entitle you to have.”
- Edward Clarke

Join us to learn about the Tiny House movement where people are downsizing the spaces they live in. While the typical American home is 2,600 square feet, the small or tiny house is around 100 to 400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on efficient and simplified living. People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are environmental, financial, and the desire to have more time and freedom. Hear from several local tiny house advocates and the choices they’ve made in pursuing tiny house living.
Living large in a tiny house - feature article.


Taylor Vos, Designer GB Speaker Taylor V

Taylor Vos grew up in Scottsdale attending Mighty Mud Mania and the Prada Del Sol every year. After high school he attended a Liberal Arts College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and studied urban sociology. After graduating in 2008, Taylor took a job offer doing design work in Grand Rapids. He loved the city and ended up staying for six years. Once the economy bounced back, Taylor and his wife hit the road for six months in a conversion van where they learned a lot about living in a small space together. They moved back to Scottsdale in the summer of 2014 to pursue their dreams in urban planning and development. They currently live in Downtown Scottsdale and are excited about the city’s urban future.

Jared Stolzfus, PhD candidate, ASU School of Sustainability
Jared Stoltzfus is a PhD Candidate in the School of Sustainability at ASU. His research focuses on diverting organic waste from landfills to farms, but interests include everything under the sustainability umbrella from solar panels to tiny houses that was part of his class design/build project last year. He enjoys providing sustainability education, whether in classrooms or in the field, and hopes to eventually build several more tiny houses to operate as a Bed and Breakfast. Jared will have his tiny house in the parking lot for a tour following his talk.The lectures are free and open to the public. RSVPs are not needed. For more information, call 480-312-3111. 

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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