Building Green with Lifecycle Cost Assessment

Building Green with Lifecycle Cost Assessment

Life Cycle Cost Assessments (LCA) provides benefits which increase process knowledge, lower overall environmental impact, and ultimately increase ROI for building owners striving to bring value to asset management and/or desiring to provide important environmental...

QII Requirements: To Insulate My Header or Not?

QII Requirements: To Insulate My Header or Not?

For high-rise residential projects, Quality Insulation Installation (QII) is not required, but if your project is low-rise and/or attempting to meet LEED for Homes prerequisites, you may not be meeting the requirements of the California Energy Code, Residential...

Mission Lofts Becomes 200,000th NGBS Certified Home

Mission Lofts Becomes 200,000th NGBS Certified Home

VCA Green recently made green building history by certifying the 200,000th NGBS (National Green Building Standard) home: the Mission Lofts Apartments in Riverside County, CA. This project was a concerted effort between the developer (REALM Real Estate), architect...

Benefits of Condensing Dryers vs. Ducted Dryers

Benefits of Condensing Dryers vs. Ducted Dryers

Condensing clothes dryers offer owners and designers aesthetic alternatives to conventional ducted systems. Vented dryers can present mechanical design challenges since they must exhaust hot air directly to the outdoors and are therefore required to be located next to...

The Lowdown on Low Leakage Air-Handling Units

The Lowdown on Low Leakage Air-Handling Units

As the energy code requirements for California become more stringent, developers are finding a need for additional compliance credits to meet code. One in particular that can be misunderstood is the compliance credit for “Low Leakage Air Handlers”. This is a voluntary...

GPR Version 8.0: Six Things You Should Know

GPR Version 8.0: Six Things You Should Know

California is the leading state in energy, sustainability, and smart design and construction practices, and Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program is staying on top of the game as well by tweaking their standards toward the ultimate goal of minimal carbon emissions...

AFFILIATIONS


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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VCA Structural
Residential and commercial structural engineering

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