Phoenix is one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a comprehensive code that takes a "whole project" approach to promoting safe and sustainable construction.

The Phoenix Green Construction Code took effect July 1.

Highlights of the new code include: Mitigating the heat-island effect with shade trees, vegetative roofs and reflective roof surfaces; 15 percent mandatory reduction of energy use; 20 percent mandatory reduction of indoor water use; 2 percent of annual electrical use must be provided by solar or other renewable energy sources; diverts 35 percent of construction waste from landfills; boosts indoor air quality; and promotes infill projects.

For more information, visit phoenix.gov/development or call (602) 262-7811.

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