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Code Update

Additions and Remodels

The current code for residential additions and remodels went into effect for all building permits submitted to the City as of August 1, 2014.  This chart helps determine if the code applies to a specific project and if so, which chapter or chapters apply.  For projects which must comply with Chapter 11 please complete this checklist and submit a printed copy along with your buildling permit application.For projects which comply with Chapter 12, you must comply with all of the items on this list that pertain to your project.

New Construction

The Santa Fe Residential Green Building Code applies to all new single-family units, attached and detached, including guest houses.  The code is in the form of a checklist with six categories with minimum point requirements for each and additional points which you can get from any of the categories.

Submittal Requirements

You will need to submit a spreadsheet showing the items you will do to get the required points. 

Your spreadsheet should be submitted by email to the [bot protected email address]at [bot protected email address]  along with any supporting documentation.

There is an Administrative Procedures document which includes a User's Guide with additional information in each checklist item and is the first place to look for clarification or information when completing the checklist.  There is also a separate guide for meeting the radon mitigation requirement.

One of the requirements of the Code is that you have a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index prepared for the residence.  A Preliminary HERS index is prepared based on the plan set and is submitted along with the Checklist to obtain a building permit.  A Final HERS index is prepared once the home is nearly complete and all assumptions in the preliminary HERS index have been verified.  This must be submitted before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued.  You will need a HERS professional to perform this service.  You can find one either by choosing one from a list we maintain or by visiting the Residential Energy Services Network website which may have a more up-to-date list.

Interpretations and Innovative Options

This code is intended to be flexible and respond to evolving technologies and construction methods.  [bot protected email address]can make interpretations and approve new innovative options.

State Tax Credits

NM State Sustainable Building Tax Credit is available for buildings that qualify. If you are interested in this tax credit, ask your HERS professional for advice.

Commercial Gereen Building Code

There is currently a draft code for commercial buildings being prepared for consideration for adoption by the City of Santa Fe.  For more information contact [bot protected email address].








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