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Longtime Tucson Green Building Pioneer Dies at 88

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Longtime Tucson Green Building Pioneer Dies at 88

Builder John Wesley Miller is remembered for his transformative building practices and his lasting impact on Tucson home building


April 27, 2022
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After a lifetime of contributing to the Tucson home building industry and promoting sustainable building practices, revered developer and industry pioneer John Wesley Miller passed away on April 18, the Arizona Daily Star reports. Miller was a green building trailblazer and a founding member of the Southern Arizona Home Builder Association’s (SAHBA) Green Build Council. He also helped draft the National Association of Home Builders' green-building code and served as a senior life director of the NAHB. 

In 2017, Miller received the SAHBA Legacy Award for Lifetime Contribution, and today, his impact reverberates through the Tucson home building community, forever changed by the legacy he leaves behind.

Miller, who was 88, will be remembered for his major contributions to the Tucson home-building industry, including major initiatives to promote sustainable building practices, said David Godlewski, president of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association.

“It is difficult to put into words the magnitude of effect John had on SAHBA and on the home building industry over the years,” Godlewski said in a message to members. “He was far ahead of his time in embracing sustainable building practices, building green homes before doing so was embraced as a mainstream practice.”

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