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Effective January 1, 2020 to Present: 
New Construction Energy Reach Code

The Energy Reach Code, as the standard is known, reduces operational carbon in new buildings by leveraging Santa Monica’s decarbonized electricity supply and encouraging the construction of all-electric buildings.  New buildings in Santa Monica have two design pathways for complying with the 2020 Energy Reach Code: All-electric (the preferred, simpler approach) and mixed-fuel (when gas infrastructure is included the project must meet rigorous efficiency standards).

All-electric buildings may be built to the State’s baseline efficiency requirements. For compliance details and strategies to comply with the Energy Reach Code, review the 2020 Santa Monica Guide for Sustainable New Construction.

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.    


New Construction Guide (Updated 2020)


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

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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Green Leasing Guide

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This guide provides commercial tenants and property managers with an intro to green leasing, the value of green leasing, and the factors that go into deciding whether a green lease is the right fit.

Matrix 2.0 Alternative Water Guidelines 

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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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