Verdical Group’s Martin Smith Earns “Certified Passive House Consultant” Certification

Verdical Group Associate Project Manager, Martin Smith, received his “Certified Passive House Consultant” certification from the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. Martin completed the Passive House Academy training course that took place in-person over five days at Gensler’s Downtown Los Angeles office in February 2017. The Verdical Group team is ready to implement the Passive House certification on your project.

VG Presents Perlita Passive House at DWELL Conference

Verdical Group Project Manager, Sofia Siegel, presented with Certified Passive House Consultant, Xavier Gaucher, at the annual Dwell on Design conference — America’s largest design event. This year’s event was held at the Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles from June 23rd – June 25th. Sofia and Xavier’s presentation covered our Living Building Challenge Petal Certification project, the Perlita Passive House. The project is also pursuing Passive House certification. For more information on the presentation, check out the full session description here. Don’t forget to also check out our Perlita Passive House Journey blog posts on the VG Stories blog here.


VG Staff Earn WELL AP Credentials

VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, and Project Manager, Brittany Saulsbury, have achieved WELL Accredited Professional status. They have joined an exclusive group of individuals with demonstrated expertise in the exciting and growing field of wellness and healthy building science. This credential signifies extensive knowledge of the relationship between human health and the built environment and of the WELL Building Standard itself. The WELL Building Standard was developed by Delos and the International WELL Building Institute to highlight the benefits of integrating occupant health and wellbeing in the design, construction and operation of our buildings. With multiple WELL AP’s on staff and experience with the WELL Building Standard and WELL Assessments, we’re ready to discuss your WELL project with you today. Until then, we wish you well!

Drew Shula Joins Advisory Board for CSU-LA Institute for Urban Sustainability

Pictured above: The CSU-LA Institute for Urban Sustainability Advisory Board and faculty convened on campus in Los Angeles.

Verdical Group Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, has joined the California State University, Los Angeles (CSU-LA) Institute for Urban Sustainability Advisory Board. The newly formed Institute seeks to advance transdisciplinary scholarship inspired by community needs in the urban sustainability space. CSU-LA is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system across the state of California. CSU-LA has enrollment of more than 27,000 students and an endowment of $29 million.

The Institute for Urban Sustainability (IUS) convenes faculty from engineering, natural and social sciences, humanities, and the arts, dedicated to a sustainable future for Los Angeles and beyond. Additionally, the Institute supports research, scholarship, and creative activities that bring the community practical benefits, and explores cultural understanding of pressing challenges. IUS has three primary goals in support of this vision: fostering faculty interaction to enhance campus research and creative activities, building relationships with partners, and helping faculty find resources for conducting research and sharing results.

Pictured in center is Institute Director, Dr. Tona Rodriguez-Nikl, with Advisory Board member Heather Joy Rosenberg of Resilience LA on the left and Drew Shula of Verdical Group on the right.

On campus at CSU-LA

Drew Shula Attends Living Future 2017

VG’s Drew Shula had a great time attending the Living Future 2017 Conference this past week. The annual event, put on by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), featured keynotes from Van Jones, Naomi Klein, and Kirsti Luke. Topics such as renewable energy grids, net zero energy buildings, and the living product challenge were discussed. Mohawk Group, one of the conference’s leading sponsors, announced that their newest “Lichen” carpet line will be Petal Certified under the Living Product Challenge — a first of its kind for the flooring industry.

Drew was happy to be accompanied by friends from Glumac, Pankow Builders, EcoDistricts, Hathaway Dinwiddie, and of course LA’s local Living Building Challenge Collaborative team. Check out some photos below that were taken at the event, and don’t miss out on the full Facebook album here.

VG’s Drew Shula on left pictured with Pankow Senior Project Manager, Michael Strong

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

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.