California Has Quickly Become an Epicenter for Climate Change: How Green Building Can Contribute to Remediation

Meredith Cook is Verdical Group’s Events & Marketing Intern. She holds a BA in Urban & Environmental Policy from Occidental College.

When I began working with Verdical Group in July, I was well aware this would not be like the other office experiences I have had. I had been schooling and working remotely since March, accustomed by then to the ins-and-outs of video calls and the new norms many have adjusted to. What I did not expect, however, was just how much stress the world would be under in the months I have been with Verdical Group.

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What’s New in Title 24?

Kevin Chris Zhu is Verdical Group’s Sustainability Intern. Kevin is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional, holds a B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering and is currently wrapping up a M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering with an Atmosphere/Energy Program, Sustainability and Energy Focus at Stanford University.

Here is a simple question for everyone:

Which state was the first to establish an energy regulation commission, and what’s the name of the very first minimum energy efficiency standard implemented?

Yes, you are certainly right! The answer is California and its renowned Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

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VG x Charles Pankow Builders: Partnering to Scale Sustainability

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Imagine an office with onsite EV charging stations, ample daylight, and top-of-the-line efficiency that is designed to LEED Silver standards. It’s also located only half a mile from the Del Mar stop on the Gold Line (and even closer to our favorite local coffee spot, Urth Caffé), and features the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop.

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The Urban Heat Island Effect: A Looming Threat

More people are living in cities than ever before. To meet the demands of growing populations, cities are also pouring more dark paving and developing more of our natural landscape than ever before. These conditions are a perfect storm for what is known as “urban heat island effect.” Read more

Verdical Group’s Impact Metrics: One Year Later

Even if a goal may seem long-term or vague, motivation is more easily maintained when tangible, solid numbers can quantify your efforts.  Metrics help our team at Verdical Group see the bigger picture, and they demonstrate that the time and effort necessary to build structures to the highest sustainable design standards can guarantee environmental and financial benefits for decades to come.  Our Verdical Group Impact Metrics show just how big those benefits can be — particularly when you look holistically at our many completed and ongoing projects.  Metrics like these are integral to the broader sustainability movement. Read more

CALGreen: An Introduction

Sustainability is best defined as creating and maintaining the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations. As the population continues to grow, so does our need for new places to live, work, and play. Finding a balance between economic expansion and protecting our natural resources has breathed new life into many industries and their respective markets. Read more

Zero Net Energy 2018: View from the Precipice

As the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) implements the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategy Plan, a foundational goal is ensuring all new residential buildings be Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020, and all new commercial buildings be ZNE by 2030. Additionally, 50% of existing commercial buildings will need to be retrofitted to ZNE by 2030. Read more

SCE Interview on Climate Goals & Building a Sustainable Society at the Net Zero 2017 Conference

With just two weeks until Verdical Group’s Net Zero 2017 Conference, we’re highlighting the participation of Southern California Edison (SCE) in this year’s 4th annual event. The conference will gather 600+ attendees and 45+ exhibitors in Los Angeles on August 24, 2017 at the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus facility. Read our interview with SCE below that highlights their focus on climate goals and building a sustainable society as a primary provider of energy in SoCal and as one of the largest utilities in the country.

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SoCal Gas Talks Energy Efficiency & the Future of Natural Gas at Nation’s Largest ZNE Conference

With just two months until Verdical Group’s Net Zero 2017 Conference, we’re highlighting the participation of The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) in this year’s 4th annual event. The conference will gather 600+ attendees and 45+ exhibitors in Los Angeles on August 24, 2017 at the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus facility. Read our interview with SoCalGas below that highlights their work on energy efficiency and the future of natural gas as the primary provider of natural gas in the Southern California region.

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