VG’s summer intern Paul Lee wrote a piece on our blog “Verdical Group Stories” that was recently reprinted on GreenBiz.com, an industry leading sustainability publication. Paul’s article looks at questions surrounding the future of net zero buildings and their interaction with the grid — check it out here. Verdical Group is hosting the largest Net Zero building event in the county, with over 800 registered attendees, which will be held in Downey, CA on August 19th.
A recent USGBC+ article features Verdical Group’s LEED Silver certified North Hills Wellness Center project that was completed with Pankow Builders. VG’s Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, was interviewed for the article that highlighted the team’s implementation of a LEED pilot credit for “Local Food Production.” Verdical Group assisted the team to design and install five 8’x10’ areas with orange mint, oregano, and lemon thyme in spaces that would have otherwise been non-edible landscaping. Since the Wellness Center offers education on obesity prevention and management of diabetes and nutrition, the use of fresh herbs from the garden makes sense to help drive the message home.
“Could imitating nature help us survive climate change? That was the question asked by Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency, a March 2016 conference held in Irwindale, California and organized by Verdical Group. After all, nature has millions of years on us when it comes to creating systems that conserve or even produce energy and clean water. The conference combined two threads of recent discourse in green building: biomimicry, or turning to nature for solutions to design problems, and resilient design, or ensuring that our buildings and cities can not only survive but thrive in the face of growing threats from extreme weather events.” Read full article on www.buildinggreen.com.
“Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency” was a half-day conference that took place in California on March 11th of this year. Arranged by Verdical Group, a firm of LEED consultants based in Los Angeles, the conference was a series of TED-style presentations and panel discussions that brought together thought leaders in the field of biomimicry, those who grew up in nature, and those who look into the nature for solutions to challenging issues they are facing in design.” Read the full article at www.hksinc.com.
Biomimicry is a systems-based approach to innovation and design that looks to the past. Specifically, the 3.8 billion years of research and development that nature has completed through the ages. For the host of global sustainability issues humanity faces – the changing climate, inadequate access to fresh water, and diminishing natural resources – nature is a lean guide to drive positive change. This was the framework for the Biomimicry 2016 Conference, hosted by Verdical Group on March 11, 2016 in Irwindale, CA. Read the full article on www.formmag.net.
Check out Biomimicry 3.8’s blog post on VG’s upcoming Biomimicry Conference which will include a presentation from Jamie Dwyer, Principal at Biomimicry 3.8, and will detail and discuss three benefits of bringing biomimicry to the built environment.
Check out the USGBC National profile on our LEED BD+C v3 Silver certified project, Arcadia Mental Health Center, for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. View full project profile on USGBC.org
Check out the USGBC National profile on our LEED ID+C v3 Gold certified project for GE. View full project profile on USGBC.org.
Verdical Group Founder + Principal, Drew Shula, was interviewed by “CLAVE!,” the largest real estate publication in Ecuador. The article discusses biomimicry, living buildings, and Verdical Group’s LEED Gold certified project for General Electric located in Downtown Los Angeles. Read the full article in Spanish here.
Verdical Group Founder + Principal Drew Shula’s article titled, “In The Quest For Net Zero, Lessons From A High Performance… Wigwam?” was published on Forbes.com. The article discusses high performance buildings, the Living Building Challenge, and how modern construction techniques can be influenced by ancient building methods.