Scottsdale announces upcoming monthly “green homes” lectures

Green Building Becker House - Michael Dollin (submitted photo)

Green Building Becker House – Michael Dollin (submitted photo)

Since 1998, more than 1,300 homes have been certified in Scottsdale as “green homes.”

What is a green home? Why does it matter? And how can we do better environmentally? Get the answers and more at the Green Building Lecture season kickoff.

The free program is to be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Participants also will get an overview of the city’s recently updated green home standards.

The program features Alan Kravitz, Bella Verde Homes; Tom Norris, Norris Architects; and Kevin Edwards, Edwards Design Group. They will discuss how the new green home standards are being used to create healthier, water-wise and energy efficient environments.

Elements of these homes include “living fences,” developer supplied vegetable gardens, rain water collection/reuse, ground source heating/cooling, solar power and universal design for aging in place.

The program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not needed.

This lecture is one in a series that includes:

  • Dec. 3 – Incentives for Energy Home Improvements, Renewable Energy, Water & More
  • Jan. 7, 2016 – New Year Resolutions: Green Home Care
  • Feb. 4, 2016 – Living an Edible Landscape Life
  • March 3, 2016 – Got Fresh Air? Everything You Need to Know about Getting Enough Air into your Homes
  • April 7, 2016 – Beyond reflectivity: The Future of Energy Efficient Roofing
  • May 5, 2016 – Green Schools
  • June 2, 2016 – Green Innovative Built Projects

Learn more at and search “green building.”

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