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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency Standards for State Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/31/2014
Program Overview:
State: Arizona
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Equipment/Products:All products must be Energy Star or FEMP certified.
Requirement:All state-funded buildings must meet ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004
Certain Departments must reduce the energy use of their buildings by 15% by July 1, 2011
Authority 1:
A.R.S. ยง 34-451

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 requirements 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 Governor's Office of Energy Policy to adopt energy conservation standards for all new capital projects including buildings designed and constructed by school districts, community college districts and universities. The Governor's Office of Energy Policy 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. From 2009 to 2012, investment grade audits were conducted on 55 state buildings. Sixteen large state government buildings received energy conservation measures. The list of measures includes lighting retrofits, HVAC replacements, building automation controls, variable air volume systems, variable frequency drives installed on cooling tower motors, and vending machine controls. 


  Lisa Henderson
Governor's Office of Energy Policy
1700 W. Washington, Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 771-1134
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