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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 PM at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center.

Download the lecture series schedule (PDF).

Next Lecture:

November 3, 2016 Green Renovations in Southern Scottsdale

It’s easy to incorporate the latest energy efficient, healthy and environmentally responsible features in new construction, but what about 60+ year old buildings? Hear about major renovations to Scottsdale’s first all-electric showcase home (circa 1950’s) and a 1960’s apartment building.

December 1, 2016 House Call Alert!

Learn strategies to safely detox you home and workplace using eco-healthy products, fresh air ventilation, & organic pesticides to achieve a chemical-free environment.

February 2, 2017 Living an Edible Landscape Life

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. Find out about the wide range of community gardens available for you to participate in and how school gardens provide students with valuable skills.

March 2, 2017 Doing Better with Less: Water Efficient Products and Treatment Alternatives

Did you know that in a residential setting, up to 65% of city-supplied potable water is used outdoors and 24% of indoor water is literally flushed down the toilet? Learn about high-efficiency water-conserving products and alternative water treatment systems.

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

Besides open windows, homes built prior to 2012 get outside air through infiltration around doors, windows, and other penetrations. As homes become more energy efficient, however, there is less air exchange between outdoors and indoors. Hear about options for getting fresh air ventilation while keeping your home airtight and energy efficient.

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.


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