Arizona

Last updated on 2013-11-26

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Twenty (20) communities have adopted 2009 or 2012 IECC, and 25 communities have adopted the 2006 IECC.

Current CodeNone Statewide
Amendments / Additional State Code InformationArizona has no statewide energy code. However, many counties have adopted the IECC 2006 as an energy efficiency code.

Approved Compliance ToolsCan use COMcheck in jurisdictions that allow it.

State Specific Research Impacts of ASHRAE 90.1-2007 for Commercial Buildings in the State of Arizona (BECP Report, Sept. 2009
DOE DeterminationASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007: Yes
ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010: No

Energy cost savings for Arizona resulting from the state updating its residential and commercial building energy codes in accordance with federal law are significant, estimated to be on the order of nearly $270 million annually by 2030.


Arizona DOE Determination Letter, May 31, 2013

Arizona State Certification of Commercial and Residential Building Energy Codes

Current CodeNone Statewide
Amendments / Additional State Code Information
Approved Compliance ToolsCan use REScheck in jurisdictions that allow it.

State Specific Research Impacts of the 2009 IECC for Residential Buildings in the State of Arizona (BECP Report, Sept. 2009)
DOE Determination2009 IECC: Yes
2012 IECC: No

Energy cost savings for Arizona resulting from the state updating its residential and commercial building energy codes in accordance with federal law are significant, estimated to be on the order of nearly $270 million annually by 2030.


Arizona DOE Determination Letter, May 31, 2013

Arizona State Certification of Commercial and Residential Building Energy Codes
Code Change CycleNone

State Owned / Funded Buildings

All state-funded buildings must achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Executive Order #2005-05 also requires newly constructed state-funded buildings to incorporate renewable energy.

Adoption Process

Arizona is a home rule state, thus codes are adopted and enforced on a local level. The State Energy Code Advisory Commission will review the state energy code through an open, voluntary, and consensus process. The advisory commission will also perform cost benefit analyses of potential state incentives for the use of energy saving devices and methods and provide annual reports on its findings.

Enforcement Process

No mandatory energy inspection procedures exist at the state level for any building construction. Local enforcement agencies are responsible for enforcing local energy codes.

Compliance Process

Arizona is a home rule state, thus codes are adopted and enforced on a local level. A number of code jurisdictions throughout the state accept participation in ENERGY STAR and other programs as a code compliance method.

Background

In 1999, the Joint Legislative Energy Efficiency Code Study Committee was formed by the Arizona legislature to discuss possible adoption of energy efficiency codes. The committee recommended the adoption of an energy code that is voluntary, incentive-based, and significantly reduces energy usage. As a result of the Committee's recommendations, the Arizona Legislature introduced and enacted House Bill (HB) 2322.


HB 2322 required the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office to draft an Arizona Energy Efficiency Code, which was voluntary and based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE standards. Based on the results of those efforts, the state legislature subsequently passed HB 2541, which resulted in Arizona Law 2001, Chapter 340. This statute established the Arizona State Energy Code and further established a State Energy Code Advisory Commission to review and recommend changes to the state energy code.


Legislation adopted in 2003, required state agencies and universities to achieve a 10% reduction in energy use per unit of floor area by 2008, and a 15% reduction by 2011.


On February 11, 2005, Gov. Janet Napolitano signed Executive Order 2005-05, requiring all new state-funded buildings constructed after February 11, 2005, to achieve at least a Silver LEED green building rating, as well as meet the energy standards of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004.


Arizona statute A.R.S.34-451 issued in 2008 adopted energy conservation standards for 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 as the code, a prerequisite for LEED certification.