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Energy Code Overview

The City of Santa Monica historically implements energy requirements that exceed the efficiency standards for the State of California. When the City adopts Local Standards for energy, these are referred to as Reach Codes.  On April 26, 2016, Santa Monica City Council adopted local amendments to the California Energy Code, requiring solar photovoltaic installations on all new construction (Solar Reach Code), it went into effect on May 26, 2016 and expired on December 31, 2016.  

On October 25, 2016, Santa Monica City Council adopted the newly proposed Santa Monica Reach Code, which renews the Solar Reach Code and includes new energy efficiency requirements.  When cities adopt reach codes  they must submit an application to the California Energy Commission (CEC) demonstrating they have assessed the cost impact to their local development community. On March 8, 2017 the CEC approved Santa Monica’s Reach Code application. The Reach Code will now go into effect on May 1, 2017.  

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Santa Monica Reach Code at a Glance   
As of May 1, 2017, Santa Monica will be enforcing the Local Energy Standards adopted by Santa Monica City Council:

Building Type: Solar Requirement: Energy Code Requirement:
Single Family Home 1.5 watts/sq. ft. ZNEergy: 15% better than 2016 Energy Code + EDR: 0
Low-Rise Multi-Family 2 watts/sq. ft. ZNEnergy: 15% better than 2016 Energy Code + EDR: 0
High-Rise Multi-Family 2 watts/sq. ft. 10% better than 2016 Energy Code
Non-Res/Industrial/Institutional watts/sq. ft. 10% better than 2016 Energy Code

* Solar Requirement was in effect between April 26, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
** Between January 1, 2017 and May 1, 2017, the Solar Requirement was not in effect. 
***  From January 1st, 2017 to May 1, 2017, Santa Monica Reach Code was not in effect. The 2016 California Energy Code was the requirement. 
**** As of May 1, 2017 the Santa Monica Reach Code (including the Solar Requirement) described in the above table will apply.  

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: Thursday, 06/01/2017

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