Verdical Group is a sustainability consulting firm focused on decarbonization and solving the climate crisis. We provide services ranging from green building certifications and project management to engineering services and sustainable events. Reach out to our team of experts to discuss your project today.
The Commissioning (Cx) process is quality control for your building systems (HVAC, lighting, domestic hot water, renewable energy, etc.) — we make sure everything was installed correctly and is operating as intended.
Whether you need Building Envelope Cx (BECx), Cx for CALGreen code compliance, or LEED Cx, our expert team of certified Commissioning Agents can help.
Our team has deep energy modeling experience that allows us to efficiently deliver modeled performance throughout the design process, ensuring the team’s energy performance goals are achieved.
Energy modeling is required on LEED for new construction projects and is also the most effective way to increase the energy performance of your building. There’s a reason the most points available on the LEED Scorecard are in the energy category.
Daylight is an integral part of any design conversation. We’ve helped clients improve their energy performance, worker satisfaction, and general productivity by delivering daylighting models that help people and planet alike.
Many rating systems — including LEED, WELL, CHPS, and Fitwel, award points for daylighting — and models like those our experts build are an essential tool.
Life Cycle Assessments
Our LCA experts use sophisticated software to calculate the embodied carbon impact of the materials in your project — emissions baked into the manufacturing and transportation of materials to your project site. Special attention is given to the highest-carbon-intensity products like concrete, steel, aluminum, and glass. If needed, analysis is completed to recommend low-carbon alternatives to specified materials and products.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
LEED is complex enough to have created a seat at the design table for sustainability consultants — us! We have experience managing LEED projects in all rating systems including BD+C, ID+C, and O+M. We have LEED v2, v3, v4, and v4.1 project experience on a wide array of building types for world-class clients. We also provide LEED Equivalency Consulting for those who are interested in increasing efficiency, but don't need the plaque. Verdical Group is a USGBC Member Company founded by LEED Fellow Drew Shula.
Net Zero + Zero Carbon Consulting
We're experts at helping you meet your net zero goals. Whether it’s energy, water, or waste, we can handle it.
As more and more states and cities implement net zero code requirements, Verdical Group is proud to be leading the charge toward a net zero future.
Looking for something else? We're also experienced in a variety of areas, including Envision consulting, master planning, sustainability program management, corporate sustainability reports, and research projects.
Living Building Challenge
We have extensive project experience with the ultra-progressive Living Building Challenge rating system consisting of seven performance categories: place, water, energy, health + happiness, materials, equity, and beauty.
Our firm Founder & CEO was awarded the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)'s Living Future Hero Award in 2020 for his contributions to the movement, and multiple team members hold LFA credentials and are deeply involved in their local collaborative chapter.
Ever wondered if there are toxic ingredients in your building products?
Programs like ILFI's Declare labels are intended to break down what the products in your building are made of, examine their life cycle, and ensure they're promoting occupant health and wellness.
We have multiple WELL APs on staff who are experts on this increasingly popular rating system. Whether you're already committed to achieving the WELL Building Standard or are interested in conducting a WELL Feasibility Assessment for your project, we can help you get there.
Utility Incentive Management
Many public utilities offer rebates and incentives related to sustainability. LADWP's Zero by Design — through which the utility provides guidelines to design and build more energy-efficient projects— is a great example, and it's a program that we're helping more and more of our clients opt into.
Kids learn better in schools with good lighting, clean air, and comfortable classrooms.
The Collaborative for High-Performance Schools (CHPS) works with schools and experts like us to ensure that every child has the best possible learning environment with the smallest impact on the planet.
We've worked intimately with project teams on achieving their Fitwel goals, which can range from healthy dining options and space for exercise to daylighting and air quality.
We have multiple Fitwel Ambassadors on our team to guide our clients through the certification process.
ESG / Carbon Footprint Reporting
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) might initially seem complex, but fundamentally ESG is a storytelling exercise — collecting all the wonderful stories about your company making a positive impact on people and the environment. Shared in a beautiful annual report. Those threads come from your work, team, culture, efficiency, and policies. We're here to guide the process and provide the experts to create performance baselines, set goals, calculate your carbon footprint, and tell your story. We are a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
EVENT Production services
In addition to producing the world’s largest Net Zero Conference annually, our Verdical Events branch produces sustainable events for visionary clients. Whether taking an event virtual, or creating an in-person experience — we’ve got you covered. We’re full service event planning pros, covering: strategy, marketing and social media campaigns, web design, storytelling, day-of support, and post event metrics reporting. All our work focuses on maximizing your event’s impact, but not its carbon footprint. If you want to achieve zero waste, carbon neutrality, or net zero energy, then Verdical Events is for you.
- We’re experts at coordinating between members of large and interdisciplinary project teams.
- We understand the importance of meeting deadlines in order to keep a project on-schedule — and that’s why we’re on top of them.
- A key piece of making sustainability goals a reality is staying under budget. We’re experienced problem-solvers who always keep this in mind.
- It’s crucial to connect our day-to-day work back to the bigger picture – creating a sustainable, safe, and equitable environment.
- We believe that nature is our greatest teacher, having adapted to changing conditions for 3.8 billion years. That’s a lot of R&D, and why we study nature to inform our design decisions.
- Our goal has always been to develop long-term partnerships with our clients.
- We’ve established lasting relationships with many of our clients, for whom we frequently work with across projects and services.
- We’re nimble — need to add or alter our scope? We’ll work with you to make it happen.
WE WORK WITH
"Verdical Group offers excellent value for a competitive rate, performing high-quality work on a tight timeline and budget. Their attention to detail and commitment to sustainability are unparalleled in the green building consulting space."
"Verdical Group has been instrumental in helping UCLA Housing reach our sustainability goals. Their team of innovative and creative green-building experts and educators are valuable partners, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them for years to come as we set our standards even higher.”
"We have completed over 15 projects in 6 years on our Irvine campus, and every one of them has achieved LEED certification with the help of Verdical Group. They are an integral part of our project team and their level of expertise is second to none. They are not just here to support the owner, but they work with the design and construction teams to make sure we are all aligned in our efforts to build sustainable and healthy workspaces. From LEED consulting and energy modeling in the early design phase through final commissioning, they are there to make sure we go beyond our sustainability goals."
"Adding Verdical Group to our project team not only provided high-powered sustainability expertise, but it allowed us to overperform our initial goals and create an award-winning project. VG's work on our Lake Forest Civic Center project earned a USGBC Los Angeles Chapter Sustainable Innovation Award for the use of innovative strategies to drastically reduce water use. On top of that, VG's commissioning team was able to provide invaluable input on the building systems' performance and ongoing operation."
"Sustainability and resilience are a must for NASA, and Verdical Group has delivered, helping us achieve our sustainability goals for multiple buildings on our Pasadena campus."
"Verdical Group is our go-to sustainability and ESG partner -- it's been a pleasure to partner with them on dozens of projects over the years. We rely on VG for expert and efficient sustainability project management. They are also an excellent resource to our team, often collaborating with us to advance our internal education and sustainability goals."