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Santa Monica adopts Zero Net Energy Code for all new single family construction

Monday, June 19th, 2017

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On May 1, 2017 Santa Monica became the first city to adopt zero-net energy (ZNE) requirements.  The State of California is planning to implement such a code state-wide but this will not be implemented until the 2020 T-24 code cycle so Santa Monica is out in front with net-zero.

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The basic premise of ZNE requires projects to generate enough of their own energy from renewable energy sources (solar PV for example), to equal what they use from the utility grid over the course of a year.  For now this requirement only applies to new residential projects, not additions or alterations.

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However the ZNE requirement is parallel to the city’s Energy Reach Code which requires all new low-rise residential projects to be designed to use 15% less energy than the allowable energy budget established by the 2016 California Energy Code (Title-24).  This presents some challenges as projects that may comply with the reach code (15% better than T-24) may not comply as a ZNE project.  Conversely projects that can demonstrate ZNE compliance may still fall short of the 15% better than T-24 energy use.  One does not always equal the other.

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This new code update became effective May 1, 2017.  This emphasizes the importance of getting your Title-24 Energy Consultant involved in your project early in the design process as most projects will struggle to comply and will involve a lot of back and forth as different design and energy saving strategies are modeled, tested and revised to get the project over the finish line cost-effectively.

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Link to news release

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Link to detailed ZNE and Reach Code explanation

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Upcoming webinar: Understanding the new 2016 Title-24 Residential Energy Code

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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The new 2016 Title-24 Building Efficiency Standards take effect January 1, 2017.  These changes will have a significant impact on building design and construction.

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The new webinar will discuss the major changes to the new energy code and demonstrate compliance strategies that allow you to bring your project into compliance with the new code cost effectively and with more allowable glass area than you would think possible.

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This new webinar class will address the big questions from architects, builders, developers, and homeowners:

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How can we cost-effectively comply with the new Title-24 requirements?

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What forms are we responsible for?

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What HERS third party inspections are required and what forms/paperwork are required for these inspections?

This class will examine new Title-24 compliance strategies and options can provide essential leverage tools to allow even problem projects to comply with the new much tougher Title-24 energy code and avoid common mistakes that can jeopardize compliance and final inspections.

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Feedback from those who have attended our webinars

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Webinar date:

Friday, March 17th,  2017

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Who should attend:

Architects, designers, contractors, LEED AP’s

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Cost:  $65.00

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Free Seminar: Understanding the Residential Mandatory Measures of the CAL Green Code

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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Date:  Thursday, January 20, 2011  8:30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

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This course will give an overview of the new state-wide CAL-Green Code for new homes.  Training will concentrate on understanding the details of best practices in plan reviewing, construction, and field enforcing the residential CAL-Green mandatory measures.

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Location:

Southern California Gas Company

Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd.

Downey, Ca. 90241

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