Scottsdale’s Green Building Lecture to focus on net zero living

MZ Living rendering (Submitted photo)

MZ Living rendering (Submitted photo)

MZ Living, in the heart of downtown Scottsdale is the first “net zero” energy townhome project in the city, and it will be one of the green-built developments showcased at the June Green Building Lecture.

The free program is 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Net zero energy means the total annual energy used in a building is produced by on-site renewable energy such as solar. The MZ Living project incorporates many green and smart home technologies including LED lighting systems, centralized hot water distribution, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, built-in recycling center, and zoned thermal occupancy sensor controls, according to a press release.

Attendees will learn about other green infill projects and how they benefit communities by enhancing walkability, improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion.

The program will feature two industry leaders:

  • Christina Noble: As founder of Contour Architecture, Ms. Noble designs creative spaces for downtown places. With a background in community-focused architecture, she has a special affection for projects centered on revitalizing communities through sensitive, inclusive and sustainable design. She specializes in mixed-use developments that contribute to a walkable urban environment. A fifth generation Arizonan, she frequently writes about design and architecture for the American Institute of Architects and serves as the editor-in-chief of Forum, an American Institute of Architects/Arizona architecture and design journal.
  • Ed Gorman of Modus Development is an award-winning developer of Arizona’s first net-zero energy townhomes. With extensive background in real estate development, Mr. Gorman created a company that focuses on energy-efficient, multifamily, tech-savvy residential developments.

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