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.
Photos courtesy of Lawrence Anderson.
- 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
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.