Santa Monica Residential Zero Net Energy Guide for New Construction

Construction, Design, Energy Codes, Policies, Renewables

This design guide focuses on the general elements of ZNE homes and provides links to the specific details and requirements of Title 24 (energy code) and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) verification (field verified and tested) as they relate to the City of Santa Monica ZNE ordinance. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, best practices like the ones outlined in this guide can help projects achieve ZNE. This design guide will help low-rise residential new construction buildings to be 15% more efficient than 2016 Title 24 and achieve an Energy Design Rating (EDR) of zero, or less (EDR ≤ 0). The ZNE ordinance compliments Santa Monica’s previously adopted solar ordinance.