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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 - December 4, 2014

Dec 4 Lecture ImageEnergy Disclosures: Improving Property Value while Reducing Energy Costs

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

Energy efficiency is widely recognized as the most cost-effective way to reduce operating costs while improving home and building value. However, Arizona cities such as Scottsdale and Phoenix didn’t start adopting energy codes until 2003 which only applies to new construction and major renovations. This means the remaining pre-2003 homes and commercial buildings are predominately energy hogs. In recent years, energy disclosure rules have gained prominence for existing homes and the commercial building market. Hear how these tools can drive building value for homes, multifamily dwellings, and commercial businesses while reducing energy use and our reliance on non-renewable fuels.

Residents, multifamily dwellers, homeowners, business owners, and building professionals are invited to hear the latest on this potentially industry changing topic from ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a commercial building scientist, and a home EcoBroker. See more about our speakers below.


ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a program in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, develops and delivers real-world solutions to sustainability challenges. Utilizing the brightest minds in sustainability science, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives apply the enormous knowledge assets of ASU to deliver sustainability solutions, accelerate global impact, and inspire future leaders in order to resolve social, environmental, and economic challenges of sustainability. 

Bruce Brazis, CEM, Building Scientist, Chelsea Group Ltd.

Chelsea Group provides building science consulting and related technology to its clients across the USA. With a track record of successful performance stretching over more than twenty years, Chelsea Group has proven to be a reliable resource for improving the performance of buildings. The Chelsea team is widely recognized for its thought leadership in sustainable, high performance buildings. 

Jan Green, Certified EcoBroker and GREEN Realtor

As an EcoBroker, it's Green's personal mission to raise values for homes with sustainable and energy efficient features by following a series of additional steps necessary for an appraiser to have the tools necessary to value these features. At every opportunity during a real estate transaction and everyone she meets, Green suggests that it would be wise to have an Energy Audit performed during the inspection period as well as an overall home inspection including termite inspection, HVAC inspection, and an environmental report. How about wrapping those energy improvement features into a green mortgage? Is indoor air quality an issue? How about a solar pool system? Pest control poisoning?

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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