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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 - November 6, 2014

 GB   EnergyStar    LEED 

Green Home Rating Programs:
 Scottsdale Green Building, ENERGY STAR, and LEED

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


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.

Speakers:
Daran Wastchak, President, D. R. Wastchak, L.L.C. – ENERGY STAR for Homes
The team at D.R. Wastchak, L.L.C. has been providing support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR for Homes program in the Phoenix (and Tucson) market since 1999, labeling over 55,000 homes as ENERGY STAR. In recognition of their achievements in promoting ENERGY STAR, assisting builders to build energy efficient homes, and raising the standards of construction in Arizona and nationally, D.R. Wastchak has received the EPA’s national “Partner of the Year” award as well as the “Spirit of Enterprise” award for business innovation from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. D.R. Wastchak is a member of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and US Green Building Council (USGBC).

USGBC Arizona – LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is recognized internationally as the leading residential green 3rd party certification program with over 50,000 projects certified. LEED for homes is applicable on single family, multi-family, midrise and mixed use up to 12 stories with new construction or major gut rehabs. The USGBC Arizona Residential Committee supports professionals in the Arizona housing industry to design, build, renovate, and sell environmentally sustainable homes.

Scottsdale Environmental Quality Advisory Board - Scottsdale Green Building Program
The City of Scottsdale Green Building Program was established in 1998 as a voluntary incentive based program to reduce the environmental impact of development in conjunction with city preservation and conservation initiatives. The program rates buildings in the areas of site, energy, water, building materials, indoor environmental quality, and waste reduction. Projects are reviewed and inspected by the city building department and issued a Green Certificate of Occupancy upon completion. Since 1998, over 1,300 homes and 2,600 multifamily units have been certified.

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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