Verdical Group’s Impact Metrics: One Year Later

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. Read more

Verdical Group’s Biggest Net Zero Conference Yet!

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!

Are you ready for VG Wellness Challenge? Lessons in health!

Welcome to Week 2 of VG wellness challenge: Eat only vegetarian food!

As we start strong with Week 2, read up on our experience of Week 1 and how we stayed on track to complete the Drinking Water Challenge.

Verdical Group team and a few of our friends at LACI decided to challenge themselves with five different wellness activities every week starting last week. Our first challenge for the week of Aug 6-12, was to meet our drinking water quantity targets as recommended by the U.S Institute of Medicine. The Institute recommends that women consume approximately 2.7 L (90 oz) and men 3.7 L (125 oz) of water per day. While these targets may seem pretty high for some, keep in mind, this is the amount of water consumed from multiple sources including drinking water, other beverages and food (No, alcohol doesn’t count :D). 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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Building Better Businesses: Certified B Corporations

It may seem that everyday there is a new designation for products and companies that go above and beyond what is required of them.  B Laboratory, the nonprofit organization responsible for certifying B Corporations (B Corps), claims “B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.”   B Corp stands for Benefit Corporation, and its administrator B Lab strives to prove that businesses can pursue social justice, benefit the environment, and create an equitable organization, all while improving their financial success.  Read more

The Perlita Passive House Journey Part III: Green Building Certification

Part III:  Perlita House Green Building Certification

While we’re out here trying to beat the heat, construction on the Perlita Passive House continues on schedule. By now you’re familiar with the Perlita Passive House design process (and if not, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up) and have read that Verdical Group is leading the charge on the Project’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) Energy Petal Certification. But what does that really mean? 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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The Perlita Passive House Journey Part II: Architectural and Engineering Design Strategies

As you know from Part I of this blog series (or, if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!), Xavier Gaucher is galvanizing the Los Angeles Green Building community through the use of his own single-family residence, The Perlita Passive House, as a case study to promote Passive House design and inspire others. Read more

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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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