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municipalities; counties; energy efficient codes

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: SB1227
Legislative Session: 2014 Legislative Session


Duct Sealing

SB1227 municipalities; counties; energy efficient codes (Crandell) prohibits cities, towns, and counties from adopting any mandatory energy efficiency, energy conservation, or green building codes, stipulations, or ordinances -- all or in part. This bill would significantly hinder local efforts to reduce electricity and water use and save taxpayers’ dollars.

Energy efficient homes are more affordable, reduce default and foreclosure risk, and drive down the short-term and long-term cost of energy. Efficient homes reduce energy use and in so doing also reduce pollution emitted. They reduce stress on our electrical grid, defer the need to construct costly new energy infrastructure, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

Energy Efficient and Affordable Homes

  • Energy efficient homes are 32 percent less likely to go into default.[1]

  • On average, Arizona homeowners with a home built under the 2012 energy code will save $6,550 over thirty years, and each year, the reduction to energy bills will significantly exceed increased mortgage costs. [2]
Energy efficiency is the cleanest and cheapest energy resource available.  Local communities throughout the state – Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Tucson, Phoenix, Glendale, Queen Creek, and Peoria, as well as Maricopa and Pima counties – are stepping up to ensure strong energy efficient building codes that reduce energy use and save people money.  

[1] Institute for Market Transformation, Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks, http://www.imt.org/uploads/resources/files/IMT_UNC_HomeEEMortgageRisksfinal.pdf (2013).

[2] Department of Energy, Arizona Energy and Cost Savings for New Single- and Multifamily Homes: 2009 and 2012 IECC as Compared to the 2006 IECC, http://www.energycodes.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ArizonaResidentialCostEffectiveness.pdf


There was a strike-everything amendment on another bill in the House, SB1133, that restricted cities' and towns' ability to enact energy efficient building codes. It was held, so that striker also died.

Action Needed

No action is needed currently as the bill is dead.

More information

Please contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org if you have any questions.


  • Energy efficiency supports local job creation and keeps money in our state.

Every dollar spent on energy efficiency programs stays in Arizona and supports the local economy.  Spending money on other forms of energy sends more than two-thirds of that money out-of-state.[1]  In addition, when residents save on their electric bills because of energy efficiency programs, they redirect those savings to the local economy – strengthening local restaurants, stores, and businesses.

  • Energy efficiency programs are less expensive than running the power plants we have today.

It costs us less than two cents to save a unit (kWh) of electricity through energy efficiency programs. It costs us three times that amount to generate electricity from existing power plants.[2]


  • Energy efficiency keeps future electric bills down.

Most of our electric bill pays for power plants and electric lines.[3]  Energy efficiency means we don’t have to build as many future power plants and electric lines, saving Arizonans billions on our bills.[4]


  • Energy efficiency is a direct way to reduce air pollution and water consumption.

Power generation consumes precious resources such as water and dirties our air.  And this air pollution sickens Arizonans and ups our health care costs. Energy efficiency means we can satisfy our energy needs even while generating less power.

The adoption of model energy codes is one of the most cost-effective ways for communities to meet energy needs.   These energy codes deliver significant economic and environmental benefits by ensuring that homes and buildings are constructed using proven methodologies and technologies that reduce energy use and guarantee superior building performance.  

SB1227 would result in more energy consumption and more dollars out of the pockets of consumers.

[1]Refer to the 2006 Energy Dollar Flow Analysis Conducted by the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office.

[2] Refer to the Arizona Public Service 2011 Year End Energy Efficiency Report and the Arizona Public Service Energy Forum Briefing Booklet.

[3] Refer to Don Robinson’s testimony, APS 2011 Rate Case.

[4] Refer to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Analysis for the Arizona Corporation Commission Decoupling Workshops.


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