Affordable Housing: Clarity Behind the Complex

To begin to understand the issues at hand regarding housing, one must first look at the very nature of its market and organization. Similar to a doughnut, it consists of an outer ring —  which encompasses government-backed housing programs/projects for low income individuals/families — and an inner ring — featuring resources for middle class individuals who can’t afford shelter due to being “priced out” of the market, along with a variety of other hindrances. Read more

Building a Net Zero Future: Interview with LADWP’s David Jacot

An interview with David Jacot, P.E.
Director of Efficiency Solutions
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power 

What does “Net Zero for All” mean to LADWP?

At LADWP we are committed to creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles in a manner that is fair and equitable, both economically and in terms of environmental impacts, for all of our customer sectors. As a water provider in a drought-prone area, we are equally committed to creating a sustainable water supply, expanding our local water resources, and reducing reliance on purchased water imported over long distances. Read more

CALGreen: An Introduction

Sustainability is best defined as creating and maintaining the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations  (Environmental Protection Agency , 2016). As the population grows, housing demand will follow suit; this concept has new life into many industries and their respective markets. Read more

Getting the Gold in Green

Harbor UCLA Medical Center is a 570 bed, teaching facility that serves the 700,000 people of the South Bay (Los Angeles County, 2018). The medical center has begun the process of overhauling its master plan in an attempt to improve overall performance. With the 2028 Olympic games on the horizon, the medical center’s plan for improvement will be expedited. RBB architects will be teaming up with your friendly neighborhood Verdical Group to tackle this undertaking. For the update, UCLA’s medical center is seeking to obtain certification in each of the following: LEED v4, and Envision v3. Principles from SITES, and WELL will be incorporated into design, but certification for these will not be pursued.  Each of these certifications and considerations will offer various benefits to the hospital’s performance during the games, and to its future performance solely as a medical facility.

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Zero Net Energy 2018: View from the Precipice

As the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) implements the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategy Plan, a foundational goal is ensuring all new residential buildings be Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020, and all new commercial buildings be ZNE by 2030. Additionally, 50% of existing commercial buildings will need to be retrofitted to ZNE by 2030. Read more

SCE Interview on Climate Goals & Building a Sustainable Society at the Net Zero 2017 Conference

With just two weeks until Verdical Group’s Net Zero 2017 Conference, we’re highlighting the participation of Southern California Edison (SCE) in this year’s 4th annual event. The conference will gather 600+ attendees and 45+ exhibitors in Los Angeles on August 24, 2017 at the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus facility. Read our interview with SCE below that highlights their focus on climate goals and building a sustainable society as a primary provider of energy in SoCal and as one of the largest utilities in the country.

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SoCal Gas Talks Energy Efficiency & the Future of Natural Gas at Nation’s Largest ZNE Conference

With just two months until Verdical Group’s Net Zero 2017 Conference, we’re highlighting the participation of The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) in this year’s 4th annual event. The conference will gather 600+ attendees and 45+ exhibitors in Los Angeles on August 24, 2017 at the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus facility. Read our interview with SoCalGas below that highlights their work on energy efficiency and the future of natural gas as the primary provider of natural gas in the Southern California region.

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Interview with Pick My Solar

One of Verdical Group’s offices are located in the inspirational Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in Downtown, Los Angeles. This sustainable business hub is filled with dozens of start-ups, non-profits, and established companies working to create a better world. We were recently fortunate enough to catch up with one of LACI’s major players — Pick My Solar. This blog post covers the interview we conducted with Kyle Cherrick, Head of Business Development at Pick My Solar. Pick My Solar is one of the best solar companies in the county and we are very excited to have had the opportunity to speak with Kyle. Read more

How Building Energy Modeling is Used

Photo Credit: Glumac Engineering

When reviewing a high-performance building, it is instantly apparent how much time, effort, and resources went into making the project so efficient. Knowing that nearly every aspect of building operation requires extensive amounts of energy, do you ever find yourself wondering how architects design such efficient buildings? A tool known as Whole-Building Energy Modeling (BEM) is where it all begins.

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