Dec. 14, 2010
Caption orangetree:(l-f) Tim Proctor, Home Depot Store Manager; Judy Riley, General Inspector, and Ray Scarla, Inspection Supervisor, Phoenix Planning and Development Services Department; Mayor Phil Gordon; Jeff Stirek, General Inspector, Phoenix Planning and Development Services Department;and Eric Hagstrom, Home Depot District Manager.
Mayor Phil Gordon today kicked off the Phoenix Green Building Program during a media event at The Home Depot, 3609 E. Thomas Road. The program offers reduced permit fees – up to 100 percent – for building “green” and is funded by a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Program.
“This is one of the most comprehensive green building programs in the country,” said Mayor Phil Gordon. “The federal funds will provide financial incentives for small residential home improvement projects all the way up to large-scale commercial remodels.”
Home-improvement projects covered by the program include the replacement of a water heater with an Energy Star model; installing dual pane, energy efficient windows; and the installation of photovoltaic solar systems, among other items. In some cases, such as the replacement of a water heater, permit fees will be reduced 100 percent, up to $200.
As part of the partnership with the city, The Home Depot will promote the Green Building Program at all nine of its Phoenix locations. Each store will provide customers with a central location to receive information on the city’s program and check out a few of the more than 3,700 environmentally preferred products available at The Home Depot.
“This partnership with the city continues The Home Depot’s dedication to making a positive environmental impact every day and making communities like Phoenix a better place for generations to come,” said Eric Hagstrom, district manager, The Home Depot.
The program offers larger incentives for major residential and commercial construction projects. Permit fee reductions for large-scale projects are calculated using a point system. Points are accumulated for a variety of items including duct sealing, insulation, lighting, appliances, rainwater harvesting systems, HVAC systems and more.
The city’s Planning and Development Services Department is using a portion of this grant to create a voluntary Green Construction Code, to be implemented in late 2011.
For more information, visit phoenix.gov/devserv or call 602-262-7811.