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Green Building Program

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, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. Map it 

Download the lecture series schedule (PDF).

Next Lecture: 

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.

Speaker: Brad Lindsay, CEO Horizon Energy Systems

GB Speaker Brad

Brad has over 35 years of field experience in making homes more energy efficient based on climate specific conditions. He started Horizon Energy Systems in Detroit in the spring of 1978 with a focus on solar energy and energy efficient furnaces and boilers. Not being able generate much solar energy through grey skies it became apparent a move to a sunnier climate would enhance his opportunities. After venturing south through Nashville, Florida, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Tucson, LA and Denver, he settled in Phoenix where he was drawn to the desert air, blue skies and flaming sunsets. Having a background of working in the cold North, the desert presented Brad a new twist on building science. He has since developed a climate specific approach for helping to keep buildings cool in the summer desert sun. Brad came up with the slogan "Conserving Energy Today. . . For Tomorrow" in 1981, and it looks like tomorrow has arrived.

June 1, 2017 Re-purposed 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