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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.


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Green Building Lecture Series 2017-2018

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 every other month from October 2017 through June 2018, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. Map it 

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Next Lecture

April 5, 2018
7- 8:30 p.m.
Building with Earth & Mass in the DesertGB Lecture Photo

Hear about the timeless technology and simplicity of converting earth into efficient and durable structures. Learn how mass walls and floors modulate indoor temperatures while reducing cooling costs and improving comfort.


Speaker:  Kirk Higbee

GB Speaker Kirk
In Kindergarten, Kirk walked with his class on a field trip to the El Pueblo Museum in his hometown Pueblo, Colorado and experienced adobe construction through the representation of the old Fort Pueblo. He began making miniature adobes in an aluminum ice cube tray, pounded roads (rammed earth), poured mud walls (puddled adobe) and mud plastered lilac twigs (cob) as play in his back yard’s dirt pile. The play, study, research, building and travel has not stopped in his backyard. Travel, research and study to five continents has yielded certificates in earthen construction from Iberoamericano de Arquitectura y Construccion con Tierra, PROTERRA; Earth Building United Kingdom and Ireland (EBUKI), Clay Dabbins and Earth Plasters; Dachverband Lehm (German Association for Building with Earth) Specialist for Building with Earth; Northern New Mexico College, Certificate in Southwestern Architecture; Southwest Solar Adobe School and in December 2017 a Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. 

Kirk continues to work on an annotated earthen construction bibliography with 11,000+ sources and 10,000 Journal articles, 1,200 books, 100+ videos on hand. With the bibliography he has helped researchers, students, code officials and builders in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the United States find solutions and ideas for earthen housing and construction. Currently Kirk is living in Phoenix rebuilding his adobe home built before 1926, cataloging adobe construction in Maricopa County and researching the adobe building codes in Phoenix since 1885 to the present. Kirk is a member of The Earth Builders Guild.


Green Building Lectures Series 2016-2017

Scottsdale’s Green Building Program would like to thank the following speakers for participating over the last year in the 2016/2017 green building lecture series. Topics included roof top solar, green home renovations, healthy homes, edible landscapes, water efficiency and treatment alternatives, indoor fresh air, energy efficient roofing, and repurposed building materials.

Paul Hirt, ASU Sustainability Scholar Brandon Cheshire, SunHarvest Solar
Russell Moore, Professional Engineer Gerardo Ramirez and Paul Hopkins, Plaza Osborn
Dorie Morales, CEO, Publisher/Editor
in Chief Green Living Magazine
Diann Peart, Principal, Truce
Joan Baron, Environmental Artist,
Urban Garden Educator
Dr. Peter Fox, Senior Sustainability Scientist
Elisa Klein, Water Conservation Coordinator Kimberly Llewellyn, Performance
Construction Manager, Mitsubishi Electric US
Brad Lindsey, CEO, Horizon energy Systems Karen Jayne, CEO Stardust Buildings Supplies
Jason Carlyle, Deconstruction Supervisor, Stardust Building Supplies Kate Fulton, Marketing Coordinator, Stardust Building Supplies
Paul Murphy, Director of Construction, Habitat for Humanity

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Program Overview for New Construction


Green Home Buyers Guide  


GB Remodeling Workbook 


Landscape Revitalization Workbook