City of Phoenix - Design Standards for City Buildings (Arizona)

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Place Arizona

Name City of Phoenix - Design Standards for City Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Requirement All new City buildings must meet LEED Certified standard, as well as some additional requirements specified by the City.

Date added to DSIRE 2011-01-31
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-09

References DSIRE[1]


The City of Phoenix has had energy standards for public buildings in place since 2005. In June 2005, the Phoenix City Council adopted a policy requiring all new city buildings built with 2006 bond funds to at least meet the LEED Certified level.

In 2006, this requirement was modified to incorporate additional energy-related standards for new city buildings. The new standards passed in 2006 are more stringent than the LEED Certified level and state that: landscape and exterior designs must reduce the urban heat island effect; at least 50% of construction waste should be diverted from landfills; a LEED-accredited professional must be on the design team; and buildings should use 50% less water in landscaping, 20% less water in interiors and 30% less energy overall when compared to the Energy Policy Act of 1992.


  • 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)"