October 13, 2004
Kevin and Doug Edwards had to do a lot of consumer education about their green building methods when they started designing custom homes in the north East Valley 30 years ago.
Not so today.
Clients typically know something about the toxicity of building materials, thermal mass and insulation values, passive solar site design, indoor air quality, energy efficiency and wat er conservation features.
"People have much more of an environmental and health ethic,’’ said Kevin Edwards.
Residents on the cutting edge of the movement will showcase their homes Saturday on a self-guided tour organized by the Scottsdale Green Building Program and the Arizona Solar Energy Association.
Seven homes in Scottsdale and one each in Chandler and Mesa show it’s not all about installing state-ofthe-art technology, said Anthony Floyd, Scottsdale’s green building coordinator.
The tour will feature dozens of examples of how homes can be made environmentally healthier, more comfortable and more resource efficient "just by doing some common-sense things,’’ Floyd said.
The green approach is proving its long-term, money-saving benefits — especially in lower energy costs — and that’s sparking greater interest in Scottsdale’s programs, he said.
More than 20 percent of residential building permits issued by the city so far this year are permits that stipulate use of various environmentally sensitive construction and design techniques. That’s twice as high a percentage of such permits issued than in any year since the program began in 1998.
Monthly green building and solar energy lectures are drawing 30 to 40 residents to each session.
The City Council is to consider before the end of the year a proposal to require green building standards be met by all city building and renovation projects of 5,000 square feet or more.
The city already is committed to meeting some of the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest national standards in constructing a $12 million senior center.
"We’re ahead of where we thought we’d be on our goals at this point,’’ Floyd said.
Green homes tour
What: Scottsdale Green Building Program and Arizona Solar Energy Association present free self-guided tour of homes featuring environmentally efficient construction and design techniques and solar energy applications.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
• Edwards residence, 8151 E. Smokehouse Trail
• Foster residence, 29457 N. 114th St.
• Garrett residence, 8502 E. Cactus Wren Road
• McGarey residence, 11632 N. Miller Road
• McDonnall residence, 7526 E. Second St.
• Baron residence, 8325 E. Monte Vista
• Floyd residence, 1411 E. Valerie Drive
• Stack residence, 1070 E. Jupiter Place
• Gilbert residence, 6409 E. Decatur St.
Information: (480) 312-4202, (602) 952-8192 or