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Green Construction Code, Phoenix, Scottsdale

Phoenix And Scottsdale Adopt Green Construction Code

Phoenix, Scottsdale Green Construction CodeIt has been almost one month since the City of Phoenix adopted a voluntary green construction code to promote energy efficiency and sustainability in construction activities.

A keystone of the code is that both new and old projects can achieve the green standard without paying third-party fees; costly fees can often prevent projects from getting off the ground.

“Those who choose to ‘go green’ will have their projects reviewed and inspected to this standard,” says Michael Hammett, spokesman for the City of Phoenix in a statement. “There are no extra fees for plan review or permits.”

All those seeking certification must follow strict prerequisites before the city will certify the building as “green.” The code was enforced starting July 1 — although it may be too early to tell how effective it has been.

Phoenix is one of the first cities in the nation to implement such a code, according to a statement from city officials.

The city has set its aim high to attempt to mitigate waste and save energy.

The Phoenix Green Construction Code goals include:

  • Encourage the reduction of the building’s eco-footprint
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • 20 percent mandatory reduction of indoor water use
  • 15 percent mandatory reduction of energy use
  • Require that at least two percent of the building’s annual electrical use be produced by renewable energy materials
  • Encourage the implementation of green roofs, brown roofs and reflective roofs
  • Divert 30 percent of construction waste from landfills

The Phoenix Green Code was modeled after the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) and the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) for residential construction, a city news release said.

Commercial buildings will only have one type of IGCC certification, and residential buildings could have up to four, based on the NGBS standard.

This building code was created out of the Phoenix Green Building program and funded by grants from the Department of Energy.

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Scottsdale’s Annual Green Building Lecture Series Scheduled for September

Green Building Lecture: Scottsdale’s Annual Green Building Lecture Series will be back in full swing come September first.

The Green Building Lecture Series is free and open to the public, and address sustainability issues such as environmentally responsible and healthy building practices and energy efficiency.

This will be the 12th lecture series event about green building hosted by Scottsdale in order to inform and educate building owners, developers and builders, and design professionals on sustainability practices.

The lectures are held on the first Thursday of every month from September 2011 to June 21012, excluding January, with the first lecture for the 2011-2012 year titled “What Happens When Green Becomes Code?”

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was recently adopted by the Scottsdale City Council and is the core of the city’s Commercial Green Building Program. The lecture in September will educate the public on IgCC and how it will make “going green” easier to obtain for developers of multi-family and commercial housing.

Other lectures in the series will include topics on reusing rainwater, cooling and heating options for the home, green projects around the Valley and water saving techniques.

The Green Building Lecture Series will feature practitioners and experts speaking on the green topics each month to address key issues pertaining to sustainability and going green.

The monthly events will take place at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Green Building Lecture Series
Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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