Scottsdale’s Green Building Lecture season kicks off with a panel of industry leaders on the economic value of green.
These free programs run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the dates listed below at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. RSVPs are not needed.
Building with Earth in the Desert
Date: Thursday, April 5
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road (northwest corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store)
Hear about the timeless technology and simplicity of converting earth into efficient and durable structures at the April 2018 Green Building Program.
Join world traveler Kirk Higbee as he shares the wonders of adobe, cob, rammed earth, compressed earth blocks and other earthen building techniques for desert environments. You'll discover how mass walls and floors modulate temperatures while passively enhancing cooling and improving indoor comfort.
Kirk became intrigued with this technique while viewing adobe construction as a kindergartner on a field trip to El Pueblo Museum in Pueblo, Colorado. As a kid, he experimented with this craft filling aluminum ice cube trays with mud.
Travel, research and study to five continents has yielded certificates in earthen construction from Iberoamericano de Arquitectura y Construccion con Tierra, PROTERRA; Earth Building United Kingdom and Ireland (EBUKI), Clay Dabbins and Earth Plasters; Dachverband Lehm (German Association for Building with Earth) Specialist for Building with Earth; Northern New Mexico College, Certificate in Southwestern Architecture; Southwest Solar Adobe School and in December 2017 a Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.
Kirk lives in Phoenix where he is rebuilding his pre-1926 adobe home and cataloging adobe construction in the greater Scottsdale/Phoenix region.
Come hear about the timeless application of our greatest abundant resource.
Admission: The lecture series is sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program. The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.
Contact: Anthony Floyd, green building program manager, city of Scottsdale, afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, 480-312-4202.
For more information see the 'Next Lecture' section of this link: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/green-building-program
The scheduled lecture series includes:
- June 7, 2018 – Heating and Cooling with Ductless Mini-Splits