Electrification is Powered Up

Kasey Hegelin was Verdical Group’s Fall 2019 Marketing & Events Intern. Kasey is a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she studies Economics and Food Studies.

The movement to electrify our buildings is growing more rapidly than ever. Building electrification aims to eliminate the demand for fossil fuels in our buildings by replacing fossil-fuel-reliant equipment with equipment that uses electricity. In many areas, the energy supplied by the grid will soon be cleaner than the energy supplied by natural gas. And many cities and states are working toward a 100% renewable grid — once that is achieved, their buildings’ systems, like heating and hot water, will be powered by carbon-free, renewable energy. 

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Net Zero Water & Net Zero Power On a Utility Scale: An Interview with LADWP’s Nancy Sutley


Prior to our Net Zero Conference & Expo on October 2-4, 2019, we spoke with Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power about the utility’s forward-facing initiatives and goals for net zero.

Nancy is participating in our NZ19 “Utility Panel: Power Women!” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 3.

Register here to join her and other female leaders from California’s largest utilities as they speak about sustainability trends, resiliency, and exciting new initiatives.

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ZNE, Electrification, and You: An Interview with SCE’s Katie Sloan

Prior to our Net Zero Conference & Expo on October 2-4, 2019, we spoke with Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison (SCE)’s Director of eMobility and Transportation, about the future of the net zero movement and what it means for SCE.

Katie will be featured on our NZ19 “Utility Panel: Power Women!” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 3. Register here to join her and other female leaders from California’s largest utilities as they speak about sustainability trends, resiliency, and exciting new initiatives. Read more

Building Codes for a Net Zero Future

2020 will be a monumental year for the state of California — and no, we aren’t referring to the elections!

We’re talking about net zero energy buildings: buildings that produce as much onsite renewable energy as they consume, helping to reduce dependency on the grid and the “dirty” fossil fuels that power it.

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Earth Day’s Birthday

You’ve heard the phrase… over, and over, and over again:

“Every Day is Earth Day”

This popular household tagline and the holiday it refers to have been promoted in the education system, news media, and our communities for decades. But how many of us are aware of the holiday’s origins? Let’s take it back to the debut, to the very beginning of it all: April 22, 1970. Read more

VG x Charles Pankow Builders: Partnering to Scale Sustainability

CULTURE

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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Affordable Housing: Clarity Behind the Complex

Photo courtesy of Skid Row Housing Trust

Shakari McGill is an intern at Verdical Group who is currently pursuing his Master of Building Science at the University of Southern California. The USC Masters of Building Science program requires that all students develop a building-science-related topic that will ultimately cumulate in a published thesis. Shakari decided to focus on the urban heat island effect and its impact on disadvantaged communities. Using simulations from programs like HEED, his ultimate goal is to develop a repository of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that will be coined the “Kit of Parts.” This Kit is intended to give patrons of these communities more equity in knowledge and more leverage in adequate housing. During his time at Verdical Group, Shakari gathered additional information on sustainable construction methods for this very purpose. Because the nature of this “Kit of Parts” aims to improve quality discrepancies in housing, it is important to understand how these discrepancies arise. Read more

Building a Net Zero Future: Interview with LADWP’s David Jacot

An interview with David Jacot, P.E.
Director of Efficiency Solutions
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power 

What does “Net Zero for All” mean to LADWP?

At LADWP, we are committed to creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles in a manner that is fair and equitable, both economically and in terms of environmental impacts, for all of our customer sectors. As a water provider in a drought-prone area, we are equally committed to creating a sustainable water supply, expanding our local water resources, and reducing reliance on purchased water imported over long distances. 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