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Scottsdale adds green provisions in new zoning code

Scottsdale Votes In Green Building Code for Commercial Buildings

The City of Scottsdale has updated its zoning code to include a number of green building features. The new green construction code applies to all new commercial and multifamily buildings. The town listed the environmental benefits of the measure. They include: 

  • Mitigation of heat island effect with site shading and cool pavements. 
  • Reduced water consumption with high efficiency plumbing fixtures and smart irrigation controls. 
  • Accommodations for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. 
  • Resilient and energy-efficient buildings with on-site renewable energy. 
  • Biodiverse certified lumber for building projects using wood framing, sheathing and flooring. 
  • Reduced impact materials with recycled content and local resources. 
  • Construction waste reduction, recycling and repurposing. 
  • Improved indoor air quality with low-VOC interior paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and flooring. 

The city says implementing green building features brings economic benefits as well, including reduced operating costs, enhanced indoor health, occupant productivity, life-cycle cost savings and improved property value.


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