Energy Efficiency Standards for State Buildings (Arizona)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Arizona
Name Energy Efficiency Standards for State Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

EquipmentProducts All products must be Energy Star or FEMP certified.

Requirement All state-funded buildings must meet LEED Silver and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004

Certain Departments must reduce the energy use of their buildings by 15% by July 1, 2011

Date added to DSIRE 2005-02-15
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-22
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Arizona has some requirements for their buildings contained within their statutes. A.R.S. § 34-451 requires the Department of Administration, the Department of Transportation and the Arizona Board of Regents to reduce their energy use by 15% by July 1, 2011 using July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002 as the baseline year. As a whole, the three building systems reduced their energy usage on a BTU per square foot basis by 15.8%, meeting the reqirements of the statute.

The statute also requires all departments to purchase products certified by Energy Star or the federal energy management program (FEMP) in all categories that are available unless the products are shown not to be cost-effective on a life cycle cost basis. The statute also required the Department of Commerce to adopt energy conservation standards for all new capital projects including buildings designed and constructed by school districts, community college districts and universities. The Department of Commerce selected ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004, which is also a prerequisite for LEED certification.


Two Executive Orders passed by a previous administration, EO 2005-05 and EO 2008-29, established energy requirements for new state-funded buildings. EO 2005-05 required new state-funded buildings to include renewable energy in their power mix and to meet energy efficiency and green building standards. Executive Order 2008-29 reaffirmed those goals and established a new requirement for state agencies to conduct an analysis of their energy usage by January 15, 2009 and to identify what is required to meet their goals. These Executive Orders are not being enforced by the current administration.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jim Westberg
Department Arizona Department of Commerce
Division Energy Office
Address 1700 West Washington Ave, Suite 220
Place Phoenix, Arizona
Zip/Postal Code 85007
Phone (602) 771-1145
Phone 2 (602) 771-1137
Fax (602) 771-1203

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: A.R.S. § 34-451

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"