Maintaining a ‘Green Home’ is subject of next Green Building talk

The next City of Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series will explore how residents can maintain a “Green Home” inside and out.

The free program will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Gerard Windstein, owner of Organic Living, will offer advice on how to keep your home "green" at the next Green Building lecture.

Gerard Windstein, owner of Organic Living, will offer advice on how to keep your home “green” at the next Green Building lecture.

Older energy inefficient homes infiltrate outside air indoors through cracks and penetrations in exterior walls and ceilings while picking up dust and dirt along the way. Energy-efficient homes, on the other hand, are weather-stripped and air-sealed in order to keep out summer heat and winter cold air.

In either case, everything taken inside a home eventually becomes a part of the air occupants breathe. The removal of dust, allergens, and infectious agents is crucial to maintaining a clean and healthy indoor environment.

A healthy home improves indoor air quality by reducing the level of volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and allergens that negatively affect health and how people feel.

Outside, conventional lawn maintenance injects chemicals and pesticides into the environment while consuming lots of water and fuel that produce 5-10 percent of the nation’s air pollution.

The Jan. 7 talk will discuss environmentally appropriate alternatives to caring for the home and landscape.

Lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

Contact Anthony Floyd, green building program manager, city of Scottsdale, at afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, or by calling 480-312-4202.

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