Go Solar in Arizona
Green Building Programs
All local governments in Arizona need to implement
ordinances mandating or recommending "Green Building"
standards in new construction. These measures can increase energy
efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease other
harmful environmental impacts.
Green Building Programs generally consist of mandatory or
recommended building requirements mixed with an assortment
of incentive, education, and recognition programs (as outlined
These programs generally attempt to persuade or mandate
developers to use holistic and interdependent approaches towards
integrating environmentally responsible designs and features into
Many programs utilize third party design
guidelines, such as Green Points, the US Green Building Council's
LEED or the National Association of Home Builder's National
Green Building Program.
Promoting Solar Power and Energy Efficiency
Most Green Building Programs are relatively broad in scope, and
focus on more than renewable and energy efficiency technologies
alone. Still, they provide an important vehicle for encouraging
solar power, and they are often heavily weighted to focus on
energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies.
Green Building Programs often work best at encouraging
developers to meet or exceed the standard building codes when
paired with an incentive. While there are many different types of
incentives that can be used, cities commonly use incentives in the
form of rebates or reimbursements, or preferential treatment such
as expedited permit review, expedited inspections, or even permit
variances such as increased floor-area-ratio or unit density.
Scottsdale's Green Building Program is probably the best example for other communities
to research before launching one for their community.
DOE's Guide to Building Solar Powered Communities is a good
resource for communities that want to launch a solar powered
building program. Solar advocates can use this guide simply to stimulate ideas,
or as a framework for a comprehensive solar plan for their
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