Model Policies

The purpose of this document is to compile and summarize city and county ordinances that provide incentives or regulations to promote sustainable development. City or county officials can use this document to aid in drafting sustainable development policies for their local area. The goal of this booklet is to increase knowledge and awareness of current policies and ordinances created around the theme of sustainable development and conservation.

Focus: Adoption
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Green Building, Incentive
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Washington

All new construction and substantial remodels must exceed Title 24 by 10%, use solar as primary heating for pools, insulate hot water pipes, use the Green Materials list for 50% of building square footage or 100% of building fixtures, submit landscape and irrigation plans for approval to the city of Santa Monica, divert 65% of construction and demolition waste from the landfill, and capture and treat rainwater.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Exceeding the Code, Green Building
State: California