Drew Shula Attends Living Future 2017

VG’s Drew Shula had a great time attending the Living Future 2017 Conference this past week. The annual event, put on by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), featured keynotes from Van Jones, Naomi Klein, and Kirsti Luke. Topics such as renewable energy grids, net zero energy buildings, and the living product challenge were discussed. Mohawk Group, one of the conference’s leading sponsors, announced that their newest “Lichen” carpet line will be Petal Certified under the Living Product Challenge — a first of its kind for the flooring industry.

Drew was happy to be accompanied by friends from Glumac, Pankow Builders, EcoDistricts, Hathaway Dinwiddie, and of course LA’s local Living Building Challenge Collaborative team. Check out some photos below that were taken at the event, and don’t miss out on the full Facebook album here.

VG’s Drew Shula on left pictured with Pankow Senior Project Manager, Michael Strong

Perspectives on Net Zero – What Does the Future Look Like?

Photo credit: The Bullitt Center

Verdical Group’s sold out Net Zero 2016 Conference, the largest net zero building design conference in the country, was hands-down the best yet. Not just because of the world-class lineup of speakers and exhibitors that captivated a packed SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey, California. Not simply because all of the attendees seemed to leave the event with ambitious smiles on their faces, ready to venture out into the world to make their own mark on a net zero future. It wasn’t only due to awe-inspiring presentations such as “Net Positive Building Design for Higher Education” by Miller Hull architect Brian Court. No, the greatest aspect of the conference was the “Perspectives on Net Zero,” panel that convened gas, electric, and water utilities, municipalities, and a visionary nonprofit (the International Living Future Institute) to discern what a net zero future would look like.

How did each representative present their view on a net zero future? Below, the panelists’ various perspectives surrounding net zero energy and water will be reviewed. Based on their discussion, it’s possible to envision a future where net zero building performance is possible. Read more