The ABCs of ZNE Workshop

The journey to a zero net energy (ZNE) future starts with renovating the current paradigm of building design. Much like an existing building getting an energy efficiency retrofit, the way buildings are designed today needs a retrofit in thinking so new projects meet the challenges of the global climate crisis.

This workshop dived into the methodology, perspective, technology, and future forecasting of ZNE buildings. Beginning with the definition of ZNE and an analysis of the grid, attendees heard multiple perspectives from across the energy world and learned how to apply it to your work.

After establishing a foundational understanding of ZNE, we examined the strategy and tactics to achieve ZNE. Following instruction on how to retrofit a building design, we discussed the future of ZNE, examining the social and economic forces driving the growth of ZNE buildings. Ultimately, attendees left equipped with an understanding of the ramifications ZNE buildings have on our communities.

Thank you to SoCalGas for its contribution in the development of this workshop.


Watch the recording below. 




Malibu High School Building (Phase 1)


  • CHPS Verified Project Management
  • Energy Modeling (Title 24, CHPS, Net Zero)
  • Daylight Modeling

Location: Malibu, CA
Area: 70,000 square feet
Client/Owner: NAC Architecture / SMMUSD
Building Type: Educational Facility

Verdical Group is providing Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Project Management to achieve CHPS verification equivalency; Energy Modeling for Title 24, CHPS, and Net Zero; and Daylight Modeling for SMMUSD’s new Malibu High School Building. The building will be approximately 70,000 square feet, featuring classrooms and multipurpose spaces. Verdical Group is collaborating with the design team to advise on sustainability measures to achieve Net Zero.




California Conservation Corps Fortuna Center


  • LEED v4 Project Management (Targeting BD+C  Silver Certification)
  • CALGreen and LEED Commissioning (Cx)
  • LEED Energy Modeling
  • Net Zero Consulting
  • Savings by Design (SBD) Utility Incentive Management

Location: Fortuna, CA
Area: 9,800 square feet
Client: California Department of General Services (CA DGS) / California Conservation Corps / Lehrer Architects
Building Type: Multi-purpose: Gymnasium and Commercial Office

Verdical Group is providing CALGreen and LEED commissioning, LEED v4 BD+C project management, and energy modeling to achieve net zero energy performance, the Savings by Design (SBD) utility incentive, and LEED v4 BD+C Silver certification for a renovation and new building for the California Conservation Corps. The project is a 9,800 square foot office and multi-purpose development located in Fortuna, CA.

La Kretz Innovation Campus

Photos courtesy of Dezeen Magazine.


  • Net Zero Energy Modeling
  • TRUE Zero Waste Feasibility Assessment
  • Arc Sustainability Data Reporting

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Client/Owner: The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

Verdical Group is providing Net Zero Energy Modeling, a TRUE Zero Waste Feasibility Assessment, and Arc Sustainability Reporting for the La Kretz Innovation Campus.


The Recording Academy Santa Monica Facility


  • Net Zero Consulting
  • Renewable Energy Assessment

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Area: 65,000 square feet
Client/Owner: The Recording Academy
Building Type: Commercial Office

The Recording Academy, which has produced the GRAMMY Awards since 1958, is based out of the 65,000 square-foot office, which is targeting net zero energy performance through energy conservation measures and the installation of solar panels.

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Verdical Group provided Net Zero Consulting and a Renewable Energy Assessment for The Recording Academy’s Santa Monica Facility. We worked with a third-party solar contractor to obtain a PV analysis and identified other applicable Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) that could be undertaken by the project owner.


Little Berkeley


  • LEED Project Management (Homes v4 Targeting Platinum)
  • Zero Energy Certification Consulting
  • Net Zero Energy Modeling
  • Home Energy Rater Performance Testing (HERS)
  • USGBC Green Rater

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Area: 7,854 square feet
Client/Owner: Community Corporation of Santa Monica
Building Type: Multifamily Residential

Verdical Group is completing Net Zero Consulting, Net Zero Energy Modeling, and LEED v4 Project Management for this 7,854-square-foot housing complex designed by Kevin Daly Architects. The project is on track to achieve ILFI’s Zero Energy Certification and LEED Platinum certification. We are also conducting Home Energy Rater Performance Testing (HERS) and providing USGBC Green Rater management.

This project was covered in Architecture Magazine. See the coverage here.



Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute Expansion


  • Net Zero Consulting
  • Net Zero Energy Modeling

Location: Commerce, CA
40,000 square feet
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) & National Electrical Contractor’s Association (NECA)
Building Type: Training Center, Commercial Office


NRDC Santa Monica Office


  • Net Zero Consulting
  • Net Zero Energy Modeling

Location: Santa Monica, CA
15,000 square feet
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Building Type: Commercial Office

Verdical Group is providing Net Zero Consulting and Net Zero Energy Modeling for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 15,000-square-foot office in Santa Monica, CA. The project is on track to achieve Zero Net Energy performance.






Harbor UCLA Medical Center


  • Sustainable Master Plan Consulting:
    • LEED
    • Envision
    • WELL
    • Living Building Challenge
    • SITES
    • Net Zero

Location: Torrance, CA
Area: 75 acre campus
Client: RBB Architects
Owners: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
Building Type: Master Plan / Healthcare
Description: Verdical Group is part of the master planning team with RBB Architects for this 15-year master planning project schedule (2017–2031). The revitalized Harbor UCLA Medical Center campus will be the hospital used for the 2028 Olympics games in Los Angeles.


California DGS Architectural Retainer Services


  • On-call consulting services:
    • Net Zero Consulting
    • SITES
    • LEED
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Renewable Energy

Location: State of California
Client: Owen Group
Owner: State of California Department of General Services

Verdical Group is completing on-call sustainability consulting services for the State of California DGS through an Architectural Retainer Services contract. The state is planning net zero code change updates to their own portfolio of buildings to achieve net zero. Verdical Group is providing consulting services on Zero Net Energy (ZNE), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), and SITES.