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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 in 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. Santa Monica has submitted an application to the CEC based on the 2016 Energy Code update but will likely not be granted approval until April 2017. Currently, follow CAL Green & California Energy Code.  


Santa Monica Reach Code at a Glance   
On October 25, 2016, Santa Monica City Council adopted the newly proposed Santa Monica Local Standards at 1st Reading. The Local Standards proposed will require the following for all New Construction:

Building Type: Solar Requirement: Energy Code Requirement:
Single Family Home 1.5W/SF ZNEergy: 15% better than 2016 Energy Code + EDR: 0
Low-Rise Multi-Family 2W/SF of building footprint ZNEnergy: 15% better than 2016 Energy Code + EDR: 0
High-Rise Multi-Family 2W/SF of building footprint 10% better than 2016 Energy Code
Non-Res/Industrial/Institutional 2W/SF of building footprint 10% better than 2016 Energy Code

*Solar Requirement has been in effect since May 2016
** As of January 1st, 2017, the solar requirement will not be in effect. 
*** 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.  

The CEC has received the Santa Monica Local Standards application but has not yet posted the documents. Once the application is posted, we will add a hyperlink to this page here. The documents will include the cost-effectiveness analysis conducted on behalf of the City and all other documents required by the CEC. We anticipate this to be posted before the end of 2016. Once the application is posted, the public has 60 days to comment. We anticipate the process to complete towards the end of March 2017 and the Santa Monica Solar Mandate and Reach Code to be implemented in April 2017.


Last updated: Thursday, 01/19/2017

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