Santa Monica, Calif., passes historic net-zero ordinance

Includes more stringent commercial, multifamily building standards.

November 17, 2016 |

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Santa Monica, California recently became the first city in the world to require net-zero energy construction for all new single-family homes.

The new rule also calls for new multifamily and commercial buildings to reduce their energy consumption to 10% below the rates set in the 2016 California Energy Code. Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez said the new ordinance will be a key part of the city’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Santa Monica’s initiative establishes an aggressive timetable for the city to meet the goals of California’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2008, and is the first ordinance passed by a California municipality to strive for zero net energy construction. Most other California communities have lagged in reaching for the state’s efficiency targets.

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