VG Selected as Greenbuild Speaker

VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, has been selected to speak at Greenbuild 2017,  the largest green building conference in the world with 20,000 attendees. It will be held in Boston this year from November 8th – 10th. Holly will be presenting alongside Eera Babtiwale, VP of Sustainability at HMC Architects, and Nicole Isle, Chief Sustainability Strategist at Glumac. This one-hour presentation, titled “Linking the Science to Design for Our Children,” will review cognitive research and discuss how it is informing design for healthy schools, and will finally tie it all together with the LEED v4 and WELL rating systems. Be sure to schedule to attend the presentation at Greenbuild 2017 in November.

MGBCE 2017: VG Speaks, Produces & Exhibits

2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that Verdical Group produced the annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE) with the USGBC-LA and SoCalGas team, planning programming content and creating the conference website. USGBC-LA, where Holly Hill and Drew Shula both serve on the Board of Directors, organized the 16th annual MGBCE —  SoCal’s largest and longest running green building event. On April 20th, 700 attendees enjoyed keynote presentations by Antwi Akom, George Bandy Jr., Gabrielle Bullock, Heidi Creighton, and Caroline Kreiser. Closing out the conference with a humor-filled mixer, Eric Corey Freed presented on organic architecture and his new “X-Prize.”

The VG team was proud to play a significant role in this conference. Drew Shula served as Event Chair and kicked off speaker sessions for the day, Martin Smith served on the Planning Committee, and Holly Hill delivered a speaker session with Memo Cedeno Laurent of Harvard, and Eera Babtiwale of HMC Architects titled, “Physiology to Rating Systems: Linking Science to Design for Our Children.” The entire VG team attended the conference and VG sponsored with an exhibitor table at the event. For more photos, check out our Facebook album here.

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 iida-socal.org/calibre-awards

VG Presents at AIA Inland California

Verdical Group’s Director of Sustainability 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 Presents at EBEWE “First Fridays” Session

As first mentioned in our December 2016 post here, Verdical Group’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 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.