Sustainable Building Program
The Mission of Coconino County Sustainable Building Program (CCSBP) is to educate, support, encourage and help develop sustainable building practices & processes for the citizens of Coconino County, CCSBP Core Values.
Board of Supervisors Resolution Adopting the CCSBP 2003
New Code Resources!
- Substantive Policy on Residential Strawbale Construction
- Supplemental Guidelines for Residential Strawbale Construction
- 2015 IRC Appendix S for Strawbale Construction with Commentary
- Substantive Policy on Roof Top Solar Installations
- Passive Solar Design Policy
CCSBP offers the following services for free:
Through meeting at least the minimum requirements of the program checklist, your home / building can receive a Sustainable Building Award Plaque and become a recognized community model that includes participating in local tours and events. Use one of the following checklists as a guide during your planning and building process!
- Sustainable Building Checklists:
- Project Enrollment Application: Electronic Form or Fillable PDF
- Steps and Benefits of Getting a Sustainable Building Certification
- Locally Certified Sustainable Building Projects: 2016 2014-2015 2013 2012 2011 2010
Consultationon sustainable building methods, materials and resources for residential, commercial, new and retrofit construction. We can assist during project concept, review your plans before you submit for a building permit or help you find ways to make your existing home or building more energy and resource efficient.
- 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 New!
- Erosion Control
- Low Impact Development
- Invasive Species Management Brochure and Species-specific Management Guide New!
- Xeriscaping and Native Landscape
- Eco-Friendly Herbicides and Eco-Friendly Termite Control
- Firewise Communities® Firewise Information: New!
- Passive Solar Design
- 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.
- Structurally 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 New!
- Weatherization Tips and APS $99 Energy Audit
- Energy Efficient Appliances
- No-Cost & Low-Cost Tips for Saving Energy and Water
- What are Renewable Energy Resources & How do They Work
- Renewable Energy Ready Home
- FAQs for Renewable Energy Permitting in Coconino County
- Roof Top Installation Substantive Policy New!
- Coconino County Accessory Wind Energy Ordinance
- Water Conservation & Reuse - Northern Arizona has an arid climate with limited water resources. The depletion of groundwater is an especially critical issue. Of all the resources we use, water is one we truly cannot live without. It is therefore important to incorporate water conservation measures into building design.
- 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.
- Waste Re-education - Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
- Other Resources
- Permitting Information
We provide resources on sustainable building products, methods, and practices; a resource directory of regional businesses that provide local sustainable building services and supplies; as well as, a comprehensive listing of tax incentives for sustainable development and renewable energy.
We provide lectures, sustainable home and building tours, workshops, seminars and information on sustainable building classes that are offered at Coconino Community College (CCC) or Northern Arizona University (NAU). The program also provides educational presentations to groups, conferences, and schools.
- Sustainable Building Education at CCC, NAU & ECOSA/Prescott College
- Sustainable Building Tours:
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Sustainable Building Citizens Advisory Committee
This is an informal committee (attendance not mandatory) comprising of building professionals, owner-builders, educators, government officials, students, and anyone who has an interest in being involved with the Sustainable Building Program and our efforts to promote sustainable development locally.
The intent of the Committee meetings is to share resources and provide programmatic support. The meetings for 2017 will be held on the third Thursday of January, March, May, July, and September, with a special year-end meeting on December 5th. Meetings will usually be held at Willow Bend Environmental Center, however, meetings can also be hosted at other locations around the community. Contact us if you are interested in learning more or would like to participate.