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Update Effective January 1, 2020: 
Standards for New Construction – Santa Monica’s Energy Reach Code

New buildings in Santa Monica have two design pathways for complying with the 2020 Energy Reach Code: all-electric design and mixed-fuel design.

In order to promote all-electric design for new construction, the City of Santa Monica adopted a reach code that requires a higher standard for efficiency and solar for designs that include natural gas use. All-electric buildings may be built to the State’s baseline efficiency requirements. 

2020 Energy Reach Code Summary
Santa Monica’s Reach Code requires that all projects incorporate a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) as the project’s energy consultant. CEAs can provide guidance on design opportunities, Title 24 energy modeling, and technical understanding of the Santa Monica Reach Code. A Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) is a critical member of your project team to include early in the process.  Early consideration of these standards allows for design of buildings and systems that are compliant, energy efficient, and cost effective, and minimizes back and forth when applying for the project permit.

All-electric buildings powered by a combination of on-site solar and 100% Green Power from the Clean Power Alliance are effectively zero-emission buildings - they are healthier, safer and less expensive to build.  Download the 2020 Santa Monica Guide for Sustainable New Construction.  



ZNE Timeline

ZNE Guide for New Construction-Residential (2017-2019)

ZNE Guide for New Construction - Single Family
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Major Water Savings Are Within Reach

Pico Branch Library in Virginia Avenue Park - Santa Monica's GREENEST Building!

Digging deeper into the many Green Building solutions implemented in the planning and construction of the Pico Branch Library in Virginia Avenue Park.


New Construction Guide (Updated 2020)

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Energy Reach Code Cost Effectiveness Studies

 ZNE Cost Effectiveness Study
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Matrix 2.0 Alternative Water Guidelines 

 Matrix Document Banner
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New roadmap for decentralized, alternate water supplies - indoor and outdoor non-potable water regulations streamlined for rainwater, graywater, stormwater, blackwater use.

Solution Finding for Net Zero Water 

Sustainability experts from across the nation convened to explore statutory, technological, and engineering barriers to the widespread implementation of water recycling and reuse systems in commercial and residential buildings.
Net Zero Water Booklet
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High Performance Buildings Study

Designing high performance green buildings literally build our sustainable city commitments into the fabric of the community.  
Check out this study analyzing the costs of a prototypical mixed-use project.

High Performance Building Study Cover
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