The residents of Huntington Beach are represented by ten elected officials. The seven City Council Members, are elected to four year terms and subject to term limits that restrict them from serving more than two consecutive terms. City Council Members may run for an additional term in the election after their second consecutive term ends. The Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem are selected from among the City Council Members. The largely ceremonial posts are determined by seniority on the City Council and the number of votes a Council Member is elected with.
Solar chimneys are passive solar ventilation systems. Shafts connect the interior and exterior of the building. The functioning can be improved by glazing and using thermal mass materials.