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...

Avoiding HERS Rating Holdups

Avoiding HERS Rating Holdups

The 2019 Code cycle is almost in effect, and with it comes increased energy performance requirements. With the current code challenges in place and new ones to come, there are a few things we can do to mitigate the risks in passing HERS field verification testing and...

City of San Jose All Electric Ordinance Clarified

City of San Jose All Electric Ordinance Clarified

The City of San Jose all electric ordinance is not that “all electric”. Recently the City of San Jose announced their intent to steer the city’s energy use in all new buildings to rely solely on electricity starting with the 2019 Energy Code. This was an aggressive...

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