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Inside the Civano Project Inside the Civano Project (GreenSource Books) GreenSource Books



Inside the Civano Project Inside the Civano Project (GreenSource Books) GreenSource Books by Al Nichols, Jason Laros

A First-Hand Look at the High-Performance Civano DevelopmentThis 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 zoningInsights from members of the Civano development teamThe Congress for the New UrbanismThe LEED-Neighborhood Development programPublic/private land development strategiesThe Urban Lands ActThe Integrated Method of Performance and Cost Tracking (IMPACT) SystemEnergy and water use monitoringPhotographs of CivanoChallenges, 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.

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Publication date

1st September 2009


Al Nichols, Jason Laros

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McGraw-Hill Professional an imprint of McGraw-Hill Education - Europe


320 pages


Building construction & materials



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