GB&D Magazine Article on USGBC-LA Award

As noted in the April 20, 2017 GB&D Magazine, “10 Things You Need to Know Today” newsletter, The U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) was awarded a 2016 County of LA Green Leadership Award for its “Road to Greenbuild” initiatives. The International Greenbuild Conference and Expo was held in L.A. for the first time in 2016, which gave USGBC-LA the opportunity to showcase environmentally sustainable buildings, educate businesses on greening their operations, and connect women leaders through the Women in Green Forum. Verdical Group’s Holly Hill and Drew Shula served on the Greenbuild 2016 LA Host Committee for which the award was given, and currently serve on the USGBC-LA Board of Directors. To read more about this award and the “Road to Greenbuild” project, check out the full GB&D article here. For more photos, you may view our Facebook album here.


VG’s Teknion Project Nominated for Calibre Award

We’re proud to announce that Verdical Group, along with our entire LEED Gold Teknion Showroom project team, has been nominated by Vanderbyl Design for a 2017 Calibre Design Award. The Calibre Design Awards recognize and honor the excellent work of design firms and project teams that have exceeded the expectations of our profession to bring interior design to life. Winners will be announced and presented at the 29th Annual Calibre Design Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton on Friday, May 19, 2017. To find out more information, visit

VG’s Holly Hill Presents at AIA Inland California

Verdical Group’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, presented a Green Building Market Update for the AIA Inland California Chapter on April 18th. The presentation was held at the LEED Platinum Frontier Project Foundation building in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Holly covered topics such as LEED v4 vs. CALGreen, the LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge certification systems, net zero energy, and more. Check out photos below taken from her talk.

VG’s Holly Hill Presents at EBEWE “First Fridays” Session

As first mentioned in our December 2016 post here, VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, was selected as a speaker in the USGBC-LA Existing Building Speakers Bureau (for a helpful recap on what the Los Angeles Existing Building Energy & Water Efficiency (EBEWE) Ordinance is, check out this video here). Holly’s presentation on April 7th, 2017 was the first in a series of sessions called “First Fridays,” which the City is hosting to educate the market on the requirements of the new ordinance. The first energy and water reporting deadline for building owners of 100,000 square foot buildings and larger is July 1st, 2017. Check out some photos below from the first session!

VG’s Los Angeles City College Project Published on USGBC

Verdical Group worked with Pankow Builders and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) to achieve LEED Silver for their City College building. The Los Angeles Community College District’s City College Physical Plant (Maintenance and Operations Building) & Tennis Courts provide new centralized facilities for the City College’s Maintenance and Operations Department. Read more about this project by checking out the newly published USGBC project directory profile here.

VG Guest Lecture at USC School of Architecture

Holly Hill & Drew Shula served as guest lecturers at the USC School of Architecture for the graduate Building Science program LEED class. They talked LEED v4 Materials and met some exceedingly smart students who are “fighting on” against climate change! Thank you for inviting us to speak Prof. Choi.


Drew Shula Interviewed on Pick My Solar Blog

One of Verdical Group’s sustainable neighbors at our downtown office, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, has published an interview with Drew Shula. Kyle Cherrick, the interviewer, is Head of Business Development at Pick My Solar — an online marketplace where consumers can receive many bids to go solar from highly qualified and vetted solar installers. Check out the full interview here to learn more about Drew, Verdical Group’s origins, and trends in the green building industry.

VG’s Holly Hill Presents at AIA Santa Barbara

VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, presented at AIA Santa Barbara’s headquarters on January 20th, 2017. Her two-hour ratings seminar covered a handful of green building certification systems, including LEED, WELL, SITES, Living Building Challenge, Envision, and Green Globes. After discussing the primary aspects of each certification, and how to properly implement them on projects, Holly reviewed the adoption of rating systems by local jurisdictions.

VG’s Holly Hill Selected for EBEWE Speakers Bureau

On December 14th, the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance (EBEWE) was unanimously adopted by LA city council. USGBC-LA will be leading an effort to provide presentations explaining the details of the ordinance. Verdical Group’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, has been selected to be a speaker in the USGBC-LA Existing Building Speakers Bureau.

VG Guest Lecture at LMU

Verdical Group Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, served as a guest lecturer for Adjunct Professor Stacey Toguchi’s Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Civil Engineering class, “Construction Management and LEED.” Professor Toguchi works in a full time role at Pankow Builders as Assistant Project Manager. Holly had a great time with the class of mostly senior undergraduates and a few graduate students presenting a “Green Building Market Update” presentation that covered a wide range of topics including: Greenbuild LA; local market updates such as the City of Los Angeles Sustainability pLAn and the Santa Monica single family home ZNE ordinance; net zero energy; certification systems including LEED v4, Living Building Challenge, WELL and SITES; and the business case for green building.