Green Building Program

The 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

Scottsdale launches a new green building lecture series featuring local speakers and experts to discuss timely topics and issues involving the future of circular economies, green remodeling, energy retrofits, edible landscapes, water resources, repurposed building materials and innovative green building projects. The lectures are free and held the first Thursday of every other month from October 2019 through June 2020, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. Map it 

Download the 2018-2019 Green Building Lecture Series (PDF)

June Lecture

June 6, 2019
7-8:30 p.m. 

Cutting Edge High-Performance Green Buildings

What are the technological trends and building prototypes for the 21st century? Who are the early adopters and market leaders? Come see and hear about successful innovative residential and commercial projects that exemplify principles of resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living.

Speaker: Ed Gorman, Modus Development

Speaker EdGorman is an award-winning developer of Arizona's first net-zero energy townhomes. With an extensive background in real estate development that includes site acquisition, design, construction, and financing, he created a company that pioneers in high-performance buildings focusing on energy-efficient, multifamily, and tech-savvy residential developments. Gorman will discuss the future of sustainable green homes and how to achieve the Net-Zero Energy Standard. Gorman will address the important steps to profoundly reduce energy consumption and minimize carbon footprint while increase savings by building and living in net-zero energy homes.


Past Speakers - 2017-2018 Lecture Series

Scottsdale’s Green Building Program would like to thank the following speakers for participating in the 2017/2018 lecture series season. Topics included economic value of green, solar energy and battery storage, edible landscapes, building with earthen materials and ductless mini-splits cooling/heating.

Melanie Albert
Intuitive Cooking Expert and Author 
Joan Baron
Environmental Artist
Urban Garden Educator
Jim Clark
Air Conditioning Specialist
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC
Jan Green
HomeSmart Elite Group
Kirk Higbee
Earthen Building Expert and World Traveler
 Paul Hirt
 ASU Sustainability Scholar
Mathew Thorne
Prime Lending
Jack Walker
Titan Solar Power
Daran Wastchak
DR Wastchak Energy Efficiency Services

Recent News

Season's final Green Building Lecture topic: "Cutting Edge High-Performance Green Buildings"
You're invited to learn about successful, innovative residential projects that exemplify principles of resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living.
Beat the summer heat with radiant cooling
More than 40 percent of all electricity consumed in Valley homes is used for air conditioning. Learn about efficient ways
February Green Building topic introduces edible landscapes
The free program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700
Scottsdale's Green Building Lecture Series kicks off its new season with a discussion on the reuse and recovery of materials and products we use every day.
There is wisdom in the old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure." What if instead of burying
Buy or Remodel Green for Comfort, Health & Water Efficiency
Buying a new home or remodeling an existing one offers an opportunity to improve the comfort, health and performance of


Program Overview for New Construction


Green Home Buyers Guide  


GB Remodeling Workbook 


Landscape Revitalization Workbook   

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