City of Mesa News Article
Mesa participates in free tour of solar, green and sustainable buildings
By: Kevin Christopher
10/17/13 5:32 PM

Oct. 17, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699  

Mesa, AZ – As part of Solar and Renewable Energy Month in Arizona, City of Mesa Living Green Events is among the sponsors of a free self-guided tour of solar, green and sustainable buildings Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
The “Living with the Sun – Valley Style” tour features 11 homes and buildings in Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix that have an outstanding cross-section of sustainable, green, solar and energy efficient practices.  The tour has four stops in Mesa on Saturday, Oct. 26:
Barnhart Studio/Gallery.  This unique and creative studio embodies recycled and repurposed material.  Completed in 2008, the studio is constructed from glass and steel, and a vast amount of additional materials in this project are used or recycled.  The studio features sustainable and green practices in design and execution, including a repurposed VW bus mounted 12 feet off the floor as a sleeping loft.
DiFrancesco/Priebe Residence.  Designed and built from the ground up, this solar/green home incorporates appropriate design for desert conditions, including building orientation that maximizes the position of the sun for winter heating season.  Other design features include low water consumption and other water-saving strategies and interior insulation made from recycled denim blue jeans. This location on the tour will also include information for City of Mesa electric customers about the solar pilot program to provide financial incentives for purchasing and installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
Catlin Residence.  This home incorporates equipment and strategies to provide a level of energy independence in the form of power generation and water heating.  The home uses three different PV systems and features a solar water heater, solar-powered attic fan and a solar clothes dryer (clothes line).  Information about energy production, system costs and return on investment will be provided.
Mesa Urban Garden.  Located in downtown Mesa, the community garden offers more than 100 garden beds for lease to individuals, groups or sponsors. Communal beds are tended to by volunteers where the yields are made available to food banks and shelters.  Design students from Arizona State University have provided drawings and plans for a handicap-accessible bed and a ramada that includes solar PV panels and rainwater harvesting.  The accessible bed construction is in progress and completion of the ramada is pending additional funding. 
More information about the tour is available at  In addition to City of Mesa Living Green Events, the tour is sponsored by Arizona Solar Center, Arizona Solar Energy Association and the City of Scottsdale Green Building Program. 

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