Inside the Civano Project (Greensource Books): A Case Study of Large-Scale Sustainable Neighborhood Development (McGraw-Hill's Greensource) (Hardcover)

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A First-Hand Look at the High-Performance Civano Development

This GreenSource book offers a complete survey of Civano, the largest high-performance mixed-use community in the United States. Located in Tucson, Arizona, Civano encompasses high standards of resource conservation, sustainability, and solar energy use.

Inside the Civano Project features insider information on 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.

Inside the Civano Project covers:

  • Behind-the-scenes preconstruction discussions
  • Site analysis, planning, and zoning
  • Insights from members of the Civano development team
  • The Congress for the New Urbanism
  • The LEED-Neighborhood Development program
  • Public/private land development strategies
  • The Urban Lands Act
  • The Integrated Method of Performance and Cost Tracking (IMPACT) System
  • Energy and water use monitoring
  • Photographs of Civano
  • Challenges, pitfalls, and lessons learned throughout Civano's development

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780071599313
ISBN-10: 0071599312
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Publication Date: September 1st, 2009
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: McGraw-Hill's Greensource