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GBlogo_newThe Green Building Program encourages a whole-systems approach through design and building techniques to minimize environmental impact and reduce the energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of its occupants.

Green Building Lecture Series

Scottsdale launches a new green building lecture series featuring local speakers and experts to discuss timely topics and issues involving the future of rooftop solar, green home renovations, toxicity in the home and workplace, edible landscapes, water resources, fresh air ventilation, combating summer heat and repurposing materials for reuse. The lectures are free and held the first Thursday of each month (excluding January) from October 2016 through June 2017, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center.

Download the lecture series schedule (PDF).

Next Lecture:

April 6, 2017 Guaranteed Fresh Air: How to Get It Indoors and Keep It

Homes should be healthy and comfortable. New technologies, building systems and energy codes are rapidly changing the way our homes perform and the way we interact with them. Better insulation, windows and sealing of the building envelope means tighter air sealed homes with smaller and more efficient mechanical systems. When done right, this improves indoor comfort while reducing cooling/heating costs. The last critical piece is making accommodations for controlled outside fresh air intake since we can no longer rely on air infiltration through walls and ceilings. Without mechanically introducing fresh air and exhausting indoor air pollutants in a balanced way, indoor air quality is impaired. 

The task of correctly ventilating a home can be a complicated one when you consider outdoor air quality, indoor pollutants, indoor spatial configurations, air duct distribution and mechanical systems. It can be simplified by choosing the right system design based on climate, building size, air distribution, mechanical system and budget. Hear about industry trends, latest energy codes and indoor air quality standards. Learn about the importance of ventilation on health, practical strategies and applications.

Speaker: Kimberly Llewellyn, Performance Construction Manager, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling and Heating

GB Speaker Kimberly

Since 2010, Kimberly has put her background in Environmental Engineering to use in the construction industry working with Mechanical Engineering firm Positive Energy in Austin, TX as a designer and educator on the subject of VRF and healthy, integrated mechanical system design. She has recently joined Mitsubishi’s Performance Construction Team which is focused on providing healthy, efficient and reliable mechanical solutions to the high performance building market.


May 4, 2017 Using Radiant Barriers to Keep the Heat Out

Radiant barriers and reflective insulation protect astronauts and spacecrafts against thermal radiation in the fluctuating temperatures of space. Hear how these same materials can keep your home cooler and more comfortable while reducing air conditioning costs.

June 1, 2017 Repurposed Materials: Finding Treasures for Reuse

Discover creative ways to reuse materials while saving money and natural resources.

Green Building Lectures

Scottsdale’s Green Building Program would like to thank the following speakers for participating over the last year in the 2015/2016 green building lecture series. Topics included environmental building standards, utility incentives, healthy and edible landscapes, indoor fresh air strategies, energy efficient roofing, green schools and green/energy upgrades for 35+ year old homes.

Alan Kravitz, Bella Verde Homes Jeff and Kim Grout, Clean Air Lawn Care
Kevin Edwards, Edwards Design Group Joan Baron, Baron Studio
Tom Norris, Norris Architects Brian Kincaid, Panasonic Eco Solutions
Sharon Bonesteel, SRP Tyler Allwood, Eagle Roofing Products 
Chris Baggett, APS Auriane Koster, Pierce Energy Planning 
Jennifer Davidson, Scottsdale Water Conservation  Laurel Kruke, Pierce Energy Planning 
Adria Surovy, Scottsdale Water Conservation Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur
Todd Czaplewski, SW Gas John Elson, Inspect-It 1st 
Charlie Velasquez, SW Gas Brian Andrews, Arizona Going Green  

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Program Overview for New Construction


Green Home Buyers Guide  


GB Remodeling Workbook 


Landscape Revitalization Workbook