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Energy Code Overview

Code Update Effective January 1, 2020:  On September 10, 2019, Santa Monica City Council adopted the newly proposed Santa Monica Reach Code. The Santa Monica Municipal Code will be updated to include the following updates:

  • Energy Code Updates: Chapter 8.36
  • Green Building Standards Code Updates:
    • Major Additions: 8.106.055 (4.201.4 and 4.201.5) and 8.106.080 (5.201.4)
    • New Heated Pools:  8.106.055 (4.201.3) and 8.106.080 (5.201.3)
2020 Reach Code Table
2020 Reach Code Table


ZNE Timeline

Past Santa Monica Reach Code  (2017-2019)  

Building Type Solar Requirement   Energy Code Requirement
 Low-Rise Residential (1-3 stories)  Zero Net Energy: 15% better than 2016 Energy Code + solar to achieve an EDR of 0 (zero)
 High-Rise Multi-Family (4+ stories)  2 watts/sq.ft.  10% better than 2016 Energy Code
 Non-Res/Industrial/Institutional  2 watts/sq.ft.  10% better than 2016 Energy Code

*Solar Requirement has been in effect since May 2016.

**From January 1st, 2017 to March 28th, 2017, Santa Monica Reach Code will not be enforced. The 2016 California Energy Code will be the requirement.

***As of March 28th, 2017 the Santa Monica Reach Codes described above will apply.

****Compliance with the Single Family Home and Low-Rise Multi-Family Energy Code (SMMC Chapter 8.36 Energy Code) shall serve to satisfy the prescriptive solar photovoltaic requirements of Chapter 8.106.055.

For more information and resources on the Zero Net Energy and 10% Reach Codes, please click here.

For more information and resources on the Solar Requirements, please click here.


Last updated: Monday, 06/22/2020

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