Motivation is easily maintained if tangible, solid numbers can quantify efforts toward a goal that may seem long-term or vague. In the field of sustainability, metrics help our team at Verdical Group see the bigger picture, and they demonstrate that taking the time and effort to build structures to the highest sustainable design standards can guarantee environmental and financial benefits for decades to come. Our Verdical Group Impact Metrics show just how big those benefits can be, and how they add up across our many completed and ongoing projects. Metrics like these are integral to the broader sustainability movement.
The time has come for Verdical Group’s 5th annual Net Zero Conference 2018! Join us along with USGBC National (United States Green Building Council), ILFI (International Living Future Institute), and other major players in the net zero realm for workshops, tours, sessions with the world’s foremost thought leaders, and more!
Housed in the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute (NZP-ETI), this conference will take place over the course of 3 days – from September 12th through the 14th. The venue itself is an exemplary model for energy conservation measures as it maintains net-positive energy use through improvements in HVAC/building envelope, plug loads, service hot water, and lighting (Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, 2018).
The Net Zero conference is the nation’s largest net zero building conference. We’ll have over 75 exhibitors, along with 80+ speakers to deliver insightful case studies and presentations. Keynote speakers include Mahesh Ramanujam (President & CEO, USGBC), Jason F. McLennan (CEO, McLennan Design), and California State Senator Kevin de León. Several other key players at USBGC, such as Director of Market Transformation & Development and TRUE Stephanie Barger, Director of Code Technical Development Wes Sullens, and LEED Project Manger Emma Hughes, will be speaking as well.
Make sure to join us for the Robin Hood Gala, the official gala of the Net Zero 2018 Conference, on September 12! This event benefits the Skid Row Housing Trust in its mission to provide permanent supportive housing for the nearly 60,000 homeless in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more announcements around our 2019 event!
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.
At Verdical Group, we’ve been leading the charge to build Connection within the green building industry as part of our natural evolution as a firm. Our passion and purpose have driven us to produce the nation’s largest net zero building conference for five years running and, while we never initially set out to be in the business of events, it has become a large part of what we do based on our corporate principles and, frankly, sheer demand. Since 2014, the Net Zero Conferences have been our cathartic passion project towards connecting, educating, and inspiring an industry towards a purpose – to create a healthier, greener, cleaner built environment. Maybe it’s because we’re a certified B Corporation that we feel compelled to do this – or maybe it’s why we’re a B Corp.
Photo credit: JE Dunn
Building Within the Site
Before jumping into all of the numerous ‘Net Zero’ definitions that exist for one simple idea, lets go back in time briefly to examine how efficient home design has influenced one aspect of this famous buzzword today. Germany (with the help of Lund University in Sweden) was first to coin the design for an ultra energy-efficient home—the “Passivhaus.” The idea, still relevant today for all net zero energy structures, is to build a home or building in such a way so that the need for artificial heating and cooling is severely reduced. But how does a builder accomplish this?