City of Tucson - Sustainable Energy Standard

March 12, 2007


The Tucson Sustainable Energy Standard constitutes the Tucson/Pima County Sustainable Energy Standard and the Ciavano Energy Code. The Tucson/Pima County Metropolitan Energy Commission (MEC) developed the Sustainable Energy Standard through the local energy code committee. This standard requires reducing energy consumption by 50% over the 1995 Model Energy Code. Originally designed to be the minimum energy performance requirement for the Community of Civano, the City of Tucson recently adopted it for all new municipal construction. It is the intention of the Energy Codes Committee that this standard will also serve as a voluntary goal for other buildings throughout Tucson and Pima County.

The MEC is an appointed, all-volunteer civic commission, jointly established in 1980 by the City of Tucson and Pima County to serve the community on energy matters. In mid-1994, MEC initiated Sustainable Tucson Initiatives. MEC has supported and promoted Sustainable Tucson Initiatives through seed grants and partnerships with other organizations to meet the needs of the wider community for more sustainable approaches to development and quality of life.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Arizona
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building


Name: Metropolitan Energy Commission's Sustainable Energy Standard
Effective Date: 4/22/1998


Name: Valerie Rauluk
Organization: Venture Catalyst Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 42708
Tucson AZ 85733
Phone: (520) 326-3195

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.