April 18, 2014

John Wesley Miller – Founder

John Wesley Miller in purple shirtBio:

For over fifty years, John Wesley Miller has been building homes in Tucson, Arizona. His projects include custom homes in most major subdivisions within the prestigious Catalina Foothills and the metropolitan area of Tucson.

Miller is a national leader in energy conservation and green building practices. He was a consultant working in close collaboration with Pima County to promote a program for energy efficient homes and the use of solar energy, and with the University of Arizona’s Environmental Research Laboratory in developing new energy saving products and technologies.

John Wesley Miller’s professional reputation and longtime experience in energy efficient and solar construction led to his involvement in several high-profile projects. During construction of the Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona, Miller served as general contractor for all support facilities and acted as energy consultant for the project as a whole. Miller’s interest and efforts in the development of an energy efficient, sustainable community led to the creation of the Tucson Solar Village, now known as the Community of Civano, in Tucson, Arizona. In 2007, John Wesley Miller Companies began renovating the historic McLellan Building in downtown Tucson, with the intent of contributing to the revitalization of downtown by converting an antiquated building into a high tech, energy-efficient one. The first tenant, an upscale restaurant named On-A-Roll Sushi is slated to open in the Spring of 2008. Miller’s most recent development, Armory Park del Sol, will create 97 single-family homes in the historic downtown neighborhood of Armory Park. These masonry homes blend historic design with state-of-the-art solar energy and construction techniques.

Miller is a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, and served as Chairman of the National Research Committee for Housing for the National Association of Home Builders. He has received several industry honors and awards for building quality and energy conservation, and is one of four builders in the U.S. selected by the Department of Energy to develop a zero-energy use home. The Partnerships for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) has also selected Armory Park del Sol as a national demonstration site.

In 2007, John Wesley Miller Companies was awarded with the an AARP/NAHB Livable Communities Award, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s Arizona Innovation Award, a Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Award and Armory Park del Sol was named a “Top 10 Cottage Neighborhood” by Cottage Living Magazine, as well as one of Tucson’s “Best Places to Live” by AZ Foothills Magazine. In 2006, John Wesley Miller Companies was the winner of the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Award for Residential Development. The company also won the 2005 Nation’s Most Energy Efficient Builder of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center and Most Livable Community from The Sonoran Institute. In 2004, John Wesley Miller Companies received Builder of the Year from Southern Arizona Home Builders Association for the Armory Park del Sol development. In addition, the Company received Most Energy Efficient Home in Greater Tucson in the Production Builder Category for the Armory Park del Sol 2059 model. Other awards include Outstanding Green Advocate of the Year for 2002 from the National Association of Home Builders.

John Wesley Miller Companies’ small, in-house staff of construction and building professionals contributes years of construction, site development, marketing and management experience and expertise.

John Wesley Miller Companies Timeline & Awards

  • 2009 Lead Builder behind Tucson’s first Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house.
  • 2007 Armory Park del Sol wins the first AARP/NAHB Livable Communities Award for a “Builder up to 2500 sq. ft”.
  • 2007 Armory Park del Sol named one of Tucson’s “Best Places to Live” by Arizona Foothills Magazine
  • 2007 Armory Park del Sol named “Top 10 Cottage Neighborhoods”, Cottage Living Magazine
  • 2007 Arizona Innovation Award, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano
  • 2007 Grand Opening held for Armory Park del Sol’s second generation Net Zero Energy Home, which is designed to produce at least as much energy as it uses
  • 2007 Member, NAHB Green Building Standards Consensus Committee- formed to develop and publish ANSI-approved standard on residential green building in collaboration with International Codes Committee (ICC)
  • 2007 Began renovation of downtown Tucson’s McLellan Building (built 1947) with the intent of developing it into an energy-efficient green building and contributing to the revitalization of downtown Tucson
  • 2006 Tucson Common Ground Award, Metropolitan Pima Alliance
  • 2006 Senior Life Director, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • 2005 Sonoran Institute Faces of Conservation Awards, Livable Community Award
  • 2005 NAHB Research Center/US Dept. of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Energy Value Housing Award Builder of the Year
  • 2005 NAHB Research Center/US Dept. of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Energy Value Gold Award
  • 2003 Southern Arizona Home Builders (SAHBA), Builder of the Year
  • 2003 City of Tucson, Home Energy Efficiency Award “Most Energy Efficient Home in Greater Tucson”
  • 2002 National Association of Home Builders, Green Builder Advocate of the Year
  • 2002 Builder of the first Net Zero Energy Home in cooperation with DOE, National Renewable Energy Lab, NAHB Research Center for Housing
  • 1999-2000-2001 Founder & Co-Chairman, National Green Builders Conference Energy Lab, NAHB Research Center for Housing
  • 1986 & 1999 Chairman, National Association of Home Builders Research Committee
  • 1985-1994 General Contractor & Energy Consultant, Biosphere 2 Project
  • 1985 President, Southern Arizona Home Builders
  • 1983-2004 Board Member, National Research Center for Housing
  • 1977-Present Life Director, Southern Arizona Association of Home Builders
  • 1973 Southern Arizona Home Builders, Builder of the Year
  • 1973 Started the Solar Research & Development at University of Arizona ERL.
  • 1959 Became Realtor/Broker
  • 1957 Obtained Real Estate License
  • 1953 Built First Home

Arizona Solar Energy Commission, Past Chairman (under four Arizona Governors)
Tucson Community Volunteer Organizations
Primavera Foundation for the Homeless, Board Member 1984-2004
Tucson Botanical Gardens, Board Member
Downtown Tucson Partnership, Board Member
Patronato San Xavier, Associate Member