Scottsdale will be asked to take a stronger stand for environment-friendly building and development — starting with city projects.
Green Building Program director Anthony Floyd is proposing the City Council mandate all new construction and renovation of city facilities 5,000 square feet or larger adhere to green building standards.
In 1998, Scottsdale became the first Arizona municipality to establish a program encouraging private commercial and residential developers to make energy-efficiency and resource conservation a priority, and offer incentives to do so.
It’s time city officials "practice what we preach,’’ Floyd said.
His proposal is backed by the city’s Environmental Quality Advisory Board, which soon will submit Floyd’s status report on the Green Building Program to the council.
"It does not cost a lot more to do environmentally sensitive building. It just takes more planning and learning new technologies,’’ said board chairman Daniel Basinger.
Floyd said he hopes to see an array of green building techniques used in a senior citizens center the city plans to build at McDowell and Granite Reef roads.
Another objective is to see some green building guidelines written into the city’s building codes, Floyd said.
He also wants rules that hold developers to their commitments to green building. More than 175 green building permits for residential and commercial projects have been issued since the program started six years ago, but some builders have not met goals.
Floyd’s report proposes builders who fail to follow through should have to halt projects and submit revised development plans.
Growing consumer awareness is helping to push the green movement.
"A lot of the builders coming to us about (green building) say they’re doing it because it’s what their clients want,’’ Floyd said.
DMB Associates hopes to see 650 planned single-family homes in its DC Ranch communities in north Scottsdale get the city’s green building stamp of approval in the next few years.
Environmental features have become a major selling point, said Rex Ross, DC Ranch residential development director.
Columbia Communities is promoting energy-efficient building methods to be used in its new development, Las Piedras at Sevano in north Scottsdale.
The company plans to build more than 60 homes and a large recreation center to meet most of the standards in the city’s Green Building ratings system, said sales director Jeanine Baber.
For more information on Scottsdale’s Green Building Program, call (480) 312-7990.