The Perlita Passive House Journey Part I: Beginnings

Introduction

Sometimes all it takes is a newcomer with an open mind to recognize a game-changing opportunity. For the green building community in Los Angeles, that newcomer is Xavier Gaucher.

Born, raised and educated in France, Xavier Gaucher holds two master’s degrees – one in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and the other in Sales & Marketing. Xavier has over ten years of experience in the HVAC industry in France, Switzerland and the United States. In 1999, Xavier co-founded Reservit, an Internet hotel reservation system, which became one of the leading solutions in Europe for independent hotels. In July of 2014, he sold his shares of the business, and then moved to the U.S. a year later. Xavier’s background as a successful entrepreneur and an expert in HVAC mechanical engineering intersect perfectly in his newest endeavor in Los Angeles. Read more

A Growing Impact

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Since Verdical Group’s inception in 2012, our company has been a leading provider of LEED certification services. It’s our job to enhance the environmental performance of every project we touch. We love the great outdoors, so we love making a positive environmental impact on our projects! VG projects use less energy, less water, and create less waste than conventional projects. We get to feel good about our contributions to the world every day. We wanted to find out exactly how much of an impact we’ve had since the beginning, so we went through a rigorous process to compile our project data to share in an infographic highlighting our Verdical impact. We’re floored by the results and hope you are too. Please take a minute to sit with these numbers and think about the positive impact our team has made on the world.
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Los Angeles Sustainable Business Programs

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Recognizing the importance of achieving city-wide sustainability goals, the city of Los Angeles has created various programs designed to both enhance current environmental efforts and assist organizations in taking the next step towards sustainable development. These programs provide increased business opportunities as well as resources for organizations to analyze how improvement can be made to their environmental practices and policy.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Programs: B-Corps, 1% for the Planet, JUST

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The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is increasingly changing the way that companies work and handle business. Greater value is placed on companies that commit themselves to doing business within the Triple-Bottom-Line framework, successfully balancing economic, social, and environmental expectations of stakeholders. Increased development of CSR programs has allowed for businesses to select one that matches their structure and values. Discussed below are three examples of these programs that have very different models but all strive to grow today’s most well-known companies into impactful leaders of change.

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Perspectives on Net Zero – What Does the Future Look Like?

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Verdical Group’s sold out Net Zero 2016 Conference, the largest net zero building design conference in the country, was hands-down the best yet. Not just because of the world-class lineup of speakers and exhibitors that captivated a packed SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey, California. Not simply because all of the attendees seemed to leave the event with ambitious smiles on their faces, ready to venture out into the world to make their own mark on a net zero future. It wasn’t only due to awe-inspiring presentations such as “Net Positive Building Design for Higher Education” by Miller Hull architect Brian Court. No, the greatest aspect of the conference was the “Perspectives on Net Zero,” panel that convened gas, electric, and water utilities, municipalities, and a visionary nonprofit (the International Living Future Institute) to discern what a net zero future would look like.

How did each representative present their view on a net zero future? Below, the panelists’ various perspectives surrounding net zero energy and water will be reviewed. Based on their discussion, it’s possible to envision a future where net zero building performance is possible. Read more

Verdical Group Hosts 3rd Annual Net Zero Conference: Energy + Water + Waste

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Aggressive Strategies for a Changing Climate

Downey, CA— Buildings alone contribute almost 40% of total US carbon emissions, and Zero Net Energy buildings will play an aggressive role as we strive to mitigate the effects of climate change. California is leading the way with mandates that all new residential construction be net zero energy by 2020, and commercial construction to follow suit by 2030. The market is pivoting, and companies and designers are finding opportunity in these shifts. Gaining traction, Zero Net Water, and Zero Net Waste movements are taking hold across industries as well, as inefficient systems and industry waste are being more accurately seen risks and hidden costs, and value is extracted from streams previously identified as waste only. Read more

ANEW and Verdical Group: Partnering to Do What’s Right With What’s Left

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ANEW has bolstered non-profit organizations and transformed lives since 2005, doing so with a number of corporate client partners. Since 2014 ANEW has worked closely with Verdical Group, a full service green building consulting firm based in Los Angeles. Verdical Group provides ANEW with project management and LEED services nationally, covering projects that range in size from a few chairs and desks delivered to a local non-profit, to multi-phase multi-million pound diversion projects that span more than two years. Read more