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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