Resources for Sustainable Building
Draft Sustainable Development Educational Booklet for the Residential Checklist
Sustainable Building Service Provider Directory
Final Tiny House Permitting Policy
Sustainable Site Planning - Minimize negative impacts on sites by conserving and protecting natural systems including soils, plants, watersheds, and wildlife habitats. Maximize open space, accessibility, stormwater retention, community and transportation connectivity, and renewable energy opportunities.
- Passive Solar Design
- Northern Arizona receives over 340 days of sunshine/year.
- With a relatively cold climate and so much sunshine, Flagstaff is an ideal place to take advantage of passive solar energy.
- By orienting your home according to the sun and using specific landscaping strategies, energy consumption for both heating and cooling can be greatly reduced.
- Below are sun angle diagrams that can assist in site planning for solar gain in northern Arizona:
Site Planning Sun Angles
Summer Solstice Winter Solstice
- Passive Solar Design Policy
- Erosion Control
- Low Impact Development
- Invasive Species Management Brochure and Species-specific Management Guide
- Northern Arizona Invasive Plant website
- Xeriscaping, Native Landscape and Pollinator Habitat
- Eco-Friendly Herbicides, Eco-Friendly Termite Control, and Integrated Pest Management
- Wildlife-Friendly Fencing
- Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition's Residential Lighting Tips
- Firewise Communities® Firewise Information:
Building Materials - There are many methods and materials available to improve the quality, durability, and energy efficiency of your home, as well as, reduce its impact on the environment. The County does not recommend any method over another, but we have provided some resources to help you better understand the different materials that are available.
- Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
- Concrete Blocks, Forms and Others
- Strawbale Construction
- Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
- Greenhouse Design
- Trombé Wall Diagram
Energy (Conservation, Renewable)
- Department of Energy's Building America Solution Center
- Weatherization Tips and APS $99 Energy Audit
- National Association of Home Builders TechNote on Building Air Tightness
- DOE's Retrofit Techniques & Technologies: Air Sealing
- Energy Efficient Appliances and CCSBP newsletter on Heating Efficiency
- No-Cost & Low-Cost Tips for Saving Energy and Water
- What are Renewable Energy Resources & How do They Work
- Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Homes website
- FAQs for Renewable Energy Permitting in Coconino County
- Roof Top Installation Substantive Policy
- Coconino County Accessory Wind Energy Ordinance
- Heating with Wood (CCSBP newsletter)
Embodied Carbon - Building a new structure contributes significantly to carbon emissions- about 11% of human-caused carbon emissions worldwide are from building construction. Energy conservation seeks to address operational energy usage, but what about the emissions from producing the building materials and constructing the building itself? This is a separate aspect of sustainability to consider.
Rainwater Harvesting Resources:
- Gray Water Reuse Permitting in Coconino County
- Gray Water Rules
- Gray Water Reuse and System Design Resources
- Mandatory Gray Water Stub-Out Amendment
- ADEQ Proprietary list for composing toilets (allowed products)
- ADEQ Proprietary Product Listing- Barrel and Masonry Chamber Composting Toilet Reference Design
- Website for designer of barrel compost toilet system, David Omick, includes capacity calculations, materials list, and construction and O & M manuals
Indoor Environmental Quality - Carpets, paints, particle board, detergents, insulation, sealants and household cleaners can contain toxins that are emitted into the indoor air of a home or building.
Other concerns with indoor environmental quality can include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, radon, pet dander, mold, dust and pollens. Minimizing toxins and maximizing ventilation strategies are effective approaches to incorporating good indoor environmental quality in new and existing buildings.
- Carbon Monoxide
- CCSBP newsletter on Radon and EPA Radon website
- EPA's Volatile Organic Compounds' Impact on Indoor Air Quality
- Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan Template
- Construction Waste Recycling Resources
- What & Where of Recycling
- Coconino County Building Materials Reuse Facebook group page (for giving away, trading, selling building materials)
- Camping & RV Park Sustainability Tips
- List of Books on Sustainable Building Topics at the Flagstaff City- Coconino County Public Library