Frances Anderton, host of DnA: Design and Architecture, a weekly radio show broadcast on Los Angeles’ National Public Radio (NPR) station, KCRW, interviewed Verdical Group Founder & Principal Drew Shula during the Net Zero 2018 Conference, a Verdical Group-produced event. Drew spoke about electric vehicles and the fact that they are paradoxically purchased by drivers who want to do the right thing for the environment, but are plugging their electric cars into an electricity grid that still generates much of its energy from coal-powered plants. While California is heading in the right direction with Governor Jerry Brown signing State Bill 100, which requires the entire state to run on 100% clean electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045, there is still a long way to go. You can read the article on the KCRW website and listen to a recording of the September 12 radio segment here.
Verdical Group’s Sunset Las Palmas project, which is targeting LEED BD+C v3 Gold certification, is capturing the hearts and minds of Angelenos and Hollywoodites — before it’s even constructed! The project was featured in a recent print edition of the Los Angeles Times. The feature examined the upcoming studio and the history that Sunset Las Palmas carries with it as a film and television institution.
This independent studio, projected to cost $79 million, boasts open, spacious, green, peaceful spaces and will function as an office space for the city’s creative leaders. To see the Los Angeles Times’s coverage, click here.
At our 2018 Net Zero Conference, keynote speaker Mahesh Ramanujam announced that the U.S. Green Building Council would launch a new Net Zero Certification at this year’s Greenbuild.
The new certification is a big step forward for USGBC and a major awareness boost for net zero — a movement that is quickly gaining momentum in green building. As Ramanujam mentioned, “At the Net Zero for All conference, I witnessed leaders from all green building sectors pushing the boundaries of what it means to be net zero… USGBC’s new net zero certifications will help reinforce these visionary leaders, while improving accountability and transparency. LEED projects can achieve Net Zero certification when they demonstrate any or one of the following: net zero carbon emissions, net zero energy use, net zero water use or net zero waste.”
Read the full announcement from USGBC here.
Verdical Groups’ fifth annual Net Zero Conference was highlighted in June 2018 edition of the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Zero Energy Leader, a prominent publication within the building industry. ILFI is a major partner of NZ18, the nation’s largest net zero building conference, and we are glad to have the conference highlighted as a leading event in the sustainability space.
SBC Magazine recently published a case study of ZNE in California that portrays VG as a leader in the net zero space. SBC Magazine discusses VG’s years of educating the building industry with the Net Zero Conference, the nation’s largest net zero building conference as well as VG’s extensive expertise on the subject as demonstrated by Founder & Principal Drew Shula’s interview in the article. You can read the full article here.
VG Project Manager Sofia Siegel, who recently authored this comprehensive write-up on upcoming net zero energy code changes across California, has been republished by sustainability giant GreenBiz! The article, now live on GreenBiz’s website, can be found here.
Wolters Kluwer’s latest Energy Design Update newsletter features Verdical Group’s Net Zero Conference and insights into the ZNE movement from Founder & Principal Drew Shula. The article, entitled “2020 is Around the Corner. How Close is California to Meeting its Net Zero Energy Goals?” explores California’s readiness to meet upcoming ZNE design, construction, and operation mandates that are scheduled to go into effect in 2020. Check out the full PDF of the article here.
VG’s annual Net Zero Conferences and Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, were featured in a recent article published by ProudGreenHome. The article presents a case study of the Jacobson House, a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) single family residential project in Northern California, and focuses on the growing ZNE movement. ProudGreenHome also highlighted VG’s annual Net Zero Conferences as the nation’s premier and largest annual ZNE event, which many organizations, like the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), have partnered with. The article can be viewed on ProudGreenHome’s website here, or in .PDF format here.
VG Founder & Principal Drew Shula is featured and quoted in the “Sustainable Living” section of USA Today’s printed edition, which was released on March 29th, 2018. The article entitled “Designers, Contractors, and Individuals Work to Reduce Energy Use”, which can be viewed below, highlights green building design and construction, USGBC-LA’s Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE 2018), and Verdical Group’s work in the sustainable building space.
This article can also be viewed here.
VG’s Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, was featured in an article published by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). As a speaker at ILFI’s upcoming 2018 Living Future unConference in Portland, Oregon, Drew will be speaking about our Verdical Group B Corp certification journey and what it takes to be a socially and environmentally responsible, for-profit enterprise.