Inside the Civano Project: A Case Study of Large-Scale Sustainable Neighborhood Development

by: C. Alan Nichols, Jason A. Laros


Abstract: A first-hand account of all aspects involved in creating a sustainable neighborhood development. This new GreenSource book offers a complete look at Civano, the nation’s largest sustainable mixed-use community located in the southeast part of Tucson, Arizona. Civano comprises four neighborhoods with the capacity to house over 2,600 families. Inside the Civano Project covers the planning, funding, building, and management of this development which integrates residential communities with shopping, workplace, school, and civic facilities, as well as parks and natural open spaces. The book discusses the zoning and building code guidelines, sustainable building materials, energy standards, and water conservation technologies that make Civano ahead of its time.
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Title: Inside the Civano Project: A Case Study of Large-Scale Sustainable Neighborhood Development

Publisher: : New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New Delhi, San Juan, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto

Copyright / Pub. Date: 2010 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ISBN: 9780071599313

Authors:

C. Alan Nichols P.E., LEED AP, established Al Nichols Engineering in 1995. He has served as Project Engineer at Western Electric, Process Engineer for W. L. Gore, and Project Engineer for Tierney Manufacturing. Nicols has over 30 years’ experience in heating, air conditioning energy systems, and plumbing. As a member of the Tucson Metropolitan Energy Commission, he was instrumental in writing the sustainable energy standard (SES) for Civano. Additionally, Nichols was part of a volunteer group that led the development of the building code guidelines that have resulted in Civano’s 60% reduction of heating and cooling energy and 55% reduction in potable water usage. In 2002, he received the Energy Users News Award, Best Mixed-Use Facility for the Civano project and is Past-Chairman of the Tucson/Pima County Metropolitan Energy Commission.

Jason A. Laros is Project Manager with Al Nichols Engineering. In his capacity as building superintendent at the University of Idaho, he managed the maintenance crews and contract construction projects for over 300,000 ft. of university apartments and related building systems and acquainted staff and administration with material and energy saving concepts and practices.

Description: A first-hand account of all aspects involved in creating a sustainable neighborhood development. This new GreenSource book offers a complete look at Civano, the nation’s largest sustainable mixed-use community located in the southeast part of Tucson, Arizona. Civano comprises four neighborhoods with the capacity to house over 2,600 families. Inside the Civano Project covers the planning, funding, building, and management of this development which integrates residential communities with shopping, workplace, school, and civic facilities, as well as parks and natural open spaces. The book discusses the zoning and building code guidelines, sustainable building materials, energy standards, and water conservation technologies that make Civano ahead of its time.