Is Solar Really Mandatory in 2020?

Is Solar Really Mandatory in 2020?

For developers in California, the prospect of building low-rise multifamily and single family residential buildings in 2020 can be challenging for one reason: photovoltaic systems are becoming effectively mandatory according to the California Energy Code starting...

Commissioning Design Review

Commissioning Design Review

What is a Design Review? A Design Review is a process required for certain projects by the California Energy Code, Section 120.8(d). It is carried out in the schematic and design phases as part of building commissioning and involves a Design Review Kickoff, a...

California Hospitals Now Under 2019 Title 24, Part 6

California Hospitals Now Under 2019 Title 24, Part 6

As of January 1, 2020, the California Energy Code will now incorporate Occupancy Group “I”. Currently, California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) governs energy compliance within institutional buildings such as hospitals, but starting...

Passive House – Next Level Green

Passive House – Next Level Green

The Passive House standard is possibly the world’s toughest certification for building energy use reduction. It requires projects to use levels of insulation that are beyond code and to eliminate nearly all air leaks and thermal bridges. It also requires intensive...

VCA Green at PCBC 2019

VCA Green at PCBC 2019

VCA Green's Barbara Gonzalez, Moe Fakih, and Burke Boydell are currently exhibiting at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference - PCBC 2019. PCBC is the largest homebuilding tradeshow in the west coast region. If you are attending, stop by booth 372 for information on...

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive management tool that allows building owners and managers to track and evaluate energy and water consumption. This tool also allows you to calculate your approximate savings in relation to your building’s overall...

Energy Star Certification Programs

Energy Star Certification Programs

ENERGY STAR Certification Programs for Homes and Multifamily Buildings The goal of the ENERGY STAR program is to help consumers, businesses, and developers in the building industry save money and reduce pollution from power plants burning fossil fuels. There are...

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)

VCA DIVISIONS

VCA Structural
Residential and commercial structural engineering

VCA Code
Building Code consultants, plan check and staffing