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.
Welcome to Week 2 of the VG Wellness Challenge: Eat only vegetarian food!
If you’re just joining us now, read up on our Week 1 experience to see how we stayed on track to complete the Drinking Water Challenge.
The Verdical Group team and a few of our friends at LACI decided to challenge ourselves by taking one different wellness activity each week for five full weeks. Our first challenge for the week of Aug 6-12 was to meet our drinking water quantity targets as recommended by the U.S Institute of Medicine. The Institute recommends that women consume approximately 2.7 L (90 oz) and men 3.7 L (125 oz) of water per day. While these targets may seem pretty high for some, keep in mind that this is the amount of water consumed from multiple sources including drinking water, other beverages, and food (no, alcohol doesn’t count ;D).
Harbor UCLA Medical Center is a 570 bed teaching facility that serves the 700,000 people of the South Bay. The medical center has begun the process of overhauling its master plan in an attempt to improve overall performance. And with the 2028 Olympic games on the horizon — the facility will act as the health center for the 2028 Olympics — the medical center has decided to expedite this process.
RBB architects will be teaming up with your friendly neighborhood Verdical Group to tackle this undertaking. As part of the update, UCLA’s medical center is seeking to obtain certification in LEED v4 and Envision v3. Principles from SITES and WELL will be incorporated into the design, but certification for these will not be pursued. Each of these certifications and considerations will offer various benefits to the hospital’s performance, preparing it for the games and long after.
Verdical Group became a certified B Corporation in 2017.
It may seem that every day there is a new designation for products and companies that go above and beyond what is required of them. At Verdical Group, we think that is a good thing. B Laboratory, the nonprofit organization responsible for certifying B Corporations (B Corps), claims “B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.” B Corp stands for Benefit Corporation, and B Lab strives to prove that businesses can pursue social justice, benefit the environment, and create an equitable organization, all while improving their financial success.
Part III: Perlita House Green Building Certification
While we’re out here trying to beat the heat, construction on the Perlita Passive House continues on schedule. By now you’re familiar with the Perlita Passive House design process (and if not, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up) and have read that Verdical Group is leading the charge on the Project’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) Energy Petal Certification. But what does that really mean?
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.
As you know from Part I of this blog series (or, if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!), Xavier Gaucher is galvanizing the Los Angeles Green Building community through the use of his own single-family residence, The Perlita Passive House, as a case study to promote Passive House design and inspire others.
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.
Sometimes all it takes is a newcomer with an open mind to recognize a game-changing opportunity. For the green building community in Los Angeles, that newcomer is Xavier Gaucher.
Born, raised and educated in France, Xavier Gaucher holds two master’s degrees – one in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and the other in Sales & Marketing. Xavier has over ten years of experience in the HVAC industry in France, Switzerland and the United States. In 1999, Xavier co-founded Reservit, an Internet hotel reservation system, which became one of the leading solutions in Europe for independent hotels. In July of 2014, he sold his shares of the business, and then moved to the U.S. a year later. Xavier’s background as a successful entrepreneur and an expert in HVAC mechanical engineering intersect perfectly in his newest endeavor in Los Angeles.