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City of Scottsdale - Green Building Incentives

Multifamily Residential
Savings Category 
Solar - Passive
Solar Photovoltaics
Equipment Insulation
Water Heaters
Heat Pumps
Programmable Thermostats
Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
Duct/Air sealing
Building Insulation
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Other EE
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Tankless Water Heater
Program Info
Sector Name 
City of Scottsdale
Program Type 
Green Building Incentive
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, a homeowner’s manual, recognition 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.

Projects must complete a Green Home Rating Checklist to qualify for the incentives. This checklist is currently being updated, and the new version is expected to launch in April 2015. Builders and designers who enter a project in the Green Building Program are expected to attend at least two green building lectures, seminars, or workshops. The City offers several such events throughout the year.