Central Phoenix is slowly becoming a green living hot spot as more eco-friendly commercial and residential infill projects pop up from the dust of our dirt lots — so much so that the USGBC Greenbuild conference is coming to Downtown Phoenix.

Local green building pioneers [merz]project built the Link building (adjacent to Cancer Survivors Park near the Burton Barr Library) as the company’s headquarters, but it’s quickly become one of Downtown’s iconic urban renewal structures since opening its doors in the summer of 2008. Itself at 1950s office structure revamp, the Link is a true landmark in conservation, producing very little construction waste in its rebuild process. Now architects, builders and designers from around the world will get to check it out.

The Link is the official site for the “Environmental Ideas in Green Building” showcase, taking place during the Greenbuild conference November 10-14. The exhibit is open to all and features work and materials from green building projects around the U.S. The goal is to bring these conservation concepts and products to the public in a unique way. Local companies JAG Development, Solar City, UEB Builders, LG Surfaces and GeOasis are among those that will be featured. Attendees will also get to see Matt Pool’s soon-to-be-open coffeehouse, Giant Coffee, on the lower level of the structure.

The After Hours Gallery, located just blocks away and also designed by [merz]project, will also be open for tours throughout the week.

The Link is located at 1437 N. 1st St. After Hours Gallery is located at 116 W. McDowell Rd. (Light rail station at Central/McDowell for both.) Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.