Scottsdale’s Green Building Program, established in 1998, was the first such program in Arizona with an emphasis on residential home construction. It was developed to encourage environmentally responsible building in the Sonoran Desert region by incorporating healthy, resource- and energy-efficient materials and methods in the design and construction of homes. The program’s goals are to reduce the environmental impact of building; achieve both short and long-term savings of energy, water and other natural resources; and encourage a healthier indoor environment.
Incentives include expedited plan review, green building inspections,lectures, workshops, homeowner’s manual, recogniion on the city web site, and free promotional green building materials including a job site sign. Green building projects are reviewed and inspected as part of the city development regulatory process. As such, a green building permit is issued for construction, a green inspection card is used by the city building inspectors during construction and a green "certificate of occupancy" is issued upon completion of the project.
The [http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/AssetFactory.aspx?did=7372 Green Home Rating Checklist] contains the point system used to qualify projects as green homes. Projects must meet all mandatory measures (adjusting the rating for house size) and then can qualify at entry level (50-99 points) or at the advanced level (100+ points) using the rating checklist.