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Santa Monica proposing new green building laws

December 8, 2009 |  5:30 am

Santa Monica officials are proposing new green building requirements that could make the city one of the strictest places to build single-family homes in the nation, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports. The city is already considered a leader in environmental-friendly development regulations, but the new laws could further strengthen that reputation:

"The green building requirements that the city has had have mostly focused on everything but single-family homes," said Brenden McEneaney, Santa Monica's green building program adviser. "That's been the last part of the market to come into the fold."

The most notable new regulation that City Hall is proposing, McEneaney said, is aimed at improving insulation in low-rise residential buildings to increase energy efficiency. He said he's not aware of any city that has already adopted a similar requirement.

Read more on Santa Monica's green building laws at the Daily Press.