Performance vs. Prescriptive Modeling

Over the past few code cycles, the Building Energy Efficiency Standards have doubled in size. In addition to gains in energy efficiency, there has been an increase in complexity. This complexity gives way to opportunity and options for compliance. The Prescriptive...

Moe Fakih Named Principal at VCA Green

Moe Fakih Named Principal at VCA Green

Moe Fakih has been named the newest member of the principal ownership team of VCA Green, a highly recognized green building consultancy with offices in Orange and Oakland. Fakih has both private and public sector experience, previously working as a City Planner in...

3 Critical Questions for Energy Code Compliance

The California Energy Code is just as important as any other part of Title 24, and during design and construction, small mistakes can add up to sizable costs in the development and lifespan of a building. Starting with preliminary energy modeling and ending with...

Zero Net Energy Design Seminar

Zero Net Energy Design Seminar

Moe Fakih, VCA Green’s Principal, recently attended a seminar hosted by AIA in Culver City, CA regarding the advent of zero net energy (ZNE) within new construction projects. The event (organized by AIA) featured a prestigious panel and held a large turnout as...

Los Angeles Lakers Solar Open House

Los Angeles Lakers Solar Open House

VCA Green sponsored the UCLA Health Center, Home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Solar Open House.  Building industry professionals got the opportunity to tour the LEED Platinum facility which provided a 16% energy offset with solar PV by Vaha Sustainable Energy.  VCA...

CALGreen Mid-Code Cycle Change

CALGreen Mid-Code Cycle Change

California’s Green Building Code, CALGreen, has updated mid-code cycle changes for all projects going into permitting after July, 1 2018. One of those changes is a maximum flow rate for shower heads from 2.0 GPM to 1.8 GPM at 80 PSI.

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US Green Building Council (USGBC)
Build It Green (BIG)
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
California Building Officials (CALBO)
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
CalCERTS
California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC)
California Commissioning Collaborative (CACx)

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