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Tucson, Arizona

National Pilot: Civano

A Community Designed for Value and Sustainability
The Community of Civano is an emerging community of over 500 homes with a core commitment to the idea of sustainable living in balance with the Sonoran desert environment of Tucson, Arizona.

Planned to reflect the best aspects of an old-fashioned town, Civano incorporates front porches, narrower streets, and mixed-use zoning that allows for home-based businesses and convenient neighborhood services. This concept encourages walking, reduces dependence on cars, and provides for a greater sense of community.

Energy Efficiency and Advanced Technologies
Civano's five builders have designed a variety of home styles that reflect the history and architecture of Southern Arizona while using 50% less energy for heating and cooling than a typical new home of the same size. In addition to wood frame homes that meet this strict energy standard, Civano builders offer alternative materials and construction methods, including steel framing, RASTRA, and thermal mass (masonry and adobe) construction. Other features include solar hot water and reclaimed water for landscaping.

For more information, please visit the Civano Web site at:

Read more about the builder event held in Tucson.

Content updated on 12/30/2003

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