The Perlita Passive House Journey Part III: Green Building Certification

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? Read more

Verdical Group’s Martin Smith Earns “Certified Passive House Consultant” Certification

Verdical Group Associate Project Manager, Martin Smith, received his “Certified Passive House Consultant” certification from the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. Martin completed the Passive House Academy training course that took place in-person over five days at Gensler’s Downtown Los Angeles office in February 2017. The Verdical Group team is ready to implement the Passive House certification on your project.

The Perlita Passive House Journey Part II: Architectural and Engineering Design Strategies

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. Read more

VG Presents Perlita Passive House at DWELL Conference

Verdical Group Project Manager, Sofia Siegel, presented with Certified Passive House Consultant, Xavier Gaucher, at the annual Dwell on Design conference — America’s largest design event. This year’s event was held at the Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles from June 23rd – June 25th. Sofia and Xavier’s presentation covered our Living Building Challenge Petal Certification project, the Perlita Passive House. The project is also pursuing Passive House certification. For more information on the presentation, check out the full session description here. Don’t forget to also check out our Perlita Passive House Journey blog posts on the VG Stories blog here.

 

Perlita Biophilia Charrette, Part 1

On May 8th, 2017, the Verdical Group team convened for the first of two half-day charrettes for Xavier Gaucher’s Perlita Passive House. Previously introduced in this blog, Gaucher is pursuing Passive House Certification and Living Building Challenge (LBC), Energy Petal Certification; one stipulation of the LBC Petal Certification is that the team holds one full day charrette (or two half-day charrettes) to specifically integrate biophilia in the design of the Project, inside and out. Read more

The Perlita Passive House Journey Part I: Beginnings

Introduction

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. Read more

Perlita Passive House

Photos courtesy of Lawrence Anderson.

Services:

  • Living Building Challenge Project Management (Petal Certified): Energy, Beauty, and Health Petals

Location: Atwater Village, Los Angeles, CA
Area: 2,000 square feet
Client/Owner: Xavier Gaucher | View Xavier’s Perlita Passive House blog here.
Building Type: Single Family Residential

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There are fewer than 500 emerging net zero projects in the country (per the New Buildings Institute tracking) and we are proud to be the lead consultant on the nation’s third Passive House and Living Building Challenge Petal Certification project. It is also the 1st Energy Petal-certified project in California, the 9th Energy Petal-certified project ever, and the 18th ILFI-certified project in California.

Located in Atwater Village in Los Angeles, CA, the Perlita Passive House project is a net positive building – producing more energy than it consumes annually. The project includes solar panels and Tesla Powerwall battery storage. Verdical Group completed Living Building Challenge Petal Certification project management for this first-of-its-kind project, which won the USGBC-LA Sustainable Innovation Honor Award in the Energy Category in 2019.