City of Scottsdale - Green Building Incentives

July 19, 2022


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 technical assistance, green building permits and inspections, monthly educational lectures, a homeowner’s manual, recognition on the city website, 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. There are two designation tiers available - a basic and advanced designation. See checklist for specific criteria.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Arizona
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: City of Scottsdale
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Daylighting
  • Equipment Insulation
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Siding
  • Roofs
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
  • Tankless Water Heater


Name: Anthony Floyd, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Organization: City of Scottsdale
Address: 7447 E. Indian School Rd, #101
Scottsdale AZ 85251
Phone: (480) 312-4202
Name: Tim Conner
Organization: Manager - Environmental Initiatives
Phone: (480) 312-7833

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.