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2013 Solar Tour - Living With The Sun Tour - Phoenix Metro

From Saturday 26 October 2013
To Sunday 27 October 2013
Welcome to the “Living with the Sun-Valley Style”
2013 Solar & Sustainable Building Tour

See Participating Venues Below
Downloadable Tour Guide: PDF format-High Resolution (10 MB)
PDF format-Low Resolution (4 MB)
Locator Map Overview of Tour Sites

This free, self-guided tour of 10 sites in the Phoenix metropolitan area, has a great cross-section of sustainable, green, solar and energy efficient buildings. There is something for everybody’s interest and curiosity—new resource and energy efficient construction to green remodels; passive and active solar strategies and technology—for heating and cooling and other applications; sustainable water practices for the desert—landscaping, rainwater catchment and storage, and gray water systems; and much, much more.

This Valley tour is part of a month-long series of tours around the State—Arizona’s part in the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, an annual event that last year had over 200,000 visitors nationwide. While the national activity is only one day out of the entire year, we in Arizona have an entire month of tours, activities and open-houses—not only in October, but also in April, during the Solar Spring event.

The Living With the Sun—Valley Style tour focuseson strategies, practices, materials and technologies appropriate for our urban desert conditions and resources. Resource efficient equipment and materials; arid region appropriate design, construction, and implementation; and basic common sense—all manifest themselves in the tour experience. 

Especially significant are the people who live in and use these sites. They are a tremendous resource for the solar “tour-ists”—sharing their experiences in choosing to take the critical steps to implementation—a real and direct resource to provide information and to answer questions.

While the Valley tour is over a two-day period, and some sites are open both Saturday and Sunday, there are more buildings than can be reasonably visited.

  • Select those sites that have the most interest to you—probably no more than 3 or 4 in a single day. Remember—there will be other tours/open houses throughout the year—i.e. the Solar Spring tour.
  • Avoid the hurry-up-and-go-on-to-the-next-one mentality. Spend time to observe the variety of elements a particular site—many have a great crosssection of strategies, techniques materials and technologies for living sustainably in our desert condition.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to listen to, and learn from, the tour site owners—they are a font of information and are excited to share both technical information as well as personal experiences about how they went about implementing their own project.
  • Please show courtesy at the sites and to the owners who have been gracious in opening up their homes and themselves to share.
  • If you have children please monitor them closely. Many sites have interesting and fragile objects that may attract inquisitive children.
  • Most of all, relax and enjoy the opportunity to see the variety and to hear people, like yourself, who have taken the steps in moving themselves, and our state forward in solar, green building, and sustainability.

Thanks go out to:

  • All of the tour sponsors who have provided input and materials, as well as in-kind services, for the production of this Tour Guide, as well as materials for the solar “tour-ists” to use in implementing their own sustainable, solar and green actions. Additional thanks to other Arizona organizations, like the ASU, media outlets and many others, for assisting in promoting the event through their various members and public communications systems.
  • The various volunteers who will be assisting site owners, and especially to Arizona Solar Center Board Member Dr. Mike Pasqualetti for getting ASU students involved in this event, thereby gaining direct exposure to real world solar and sustainability for the desert.
  • The people of the Arizona Solar Energy Association, the Arizona Solar Center, the City of Mesa Green Events and the City of Scottsdale Green Building program, and others, who have put in personal time and energy in the planning and the implementation necessary to make this event happen.

A special thanks to Governor Brewer, proclaiming October to be Arizona Solar and Renewable Energy month.

A very special thanks to those site owners and creators who have been gracious in agreeing to allow the public entry to their personal property and lives, and showing a willingness and enthusiasm in sharing their thoughts and
actions for this event.

My personal thanks to all of you solar and sustainability tour-ists seeking to learn of, and benefit from, the tour experience in meeting your own needs, and in moving Arizona into a more positive energy and sustainable future.

Daniel Peter Aiello
Living With the Sun - Valley Style
2013 Solar & Sustainable Buildings Tour Coordinator

2013 Solar & Sustainable Building Tour Sites

Most Tours start: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
(Check listings for days and times.)

View Site Descriptions for the following tour locations.
Locator Map Overview of Locations

1. Allsop Residence
10933 E. Sahuaro Drive, Scottsdale, 85259
Saturday Only
2. ASU Campus Solar Tour
555 S. Packard Drive, Tempe, 85281
Sat. 10:00am-3:30pm
3. ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
800 S. Cady Mall, Tempe, 85281
Sat. 1-4:30 pm
Sun. 1-4:30 pm
4. Barnhart Studio/Gallery
506 N. Center Street, Mesa, 85201
Saturday Only
5. Catlin Residence
120 S. Omaha Street, Mesa, 85206
Saturday Only
6. DiFrancesco/Priebe Residence
463 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa 85201
Saturday Only
7. Dunton Residence
16026 S. 14th Drive, Phoenix, 85045
Saturday and Sunday
8. Frost Residence
9820 N. Turquoise Avenue, Phoenix, 85020
Saturday Only
9. Mesa Urban Garden
212 E. 1st Avenue, Mesa, 85210
Sat. 9am-1pm
10. Vali Homes Prototype
2302 E. Curnow Drive, Phoenix, 85016
Sunday Only

View Site Descriptions for the following tour locations.
Locator Map Overview of Locations

Location : Phoenix Metro, AZ


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