Benefits of Full Service Energy Consultation

Benefits of Full Service Energy Consultation

It is no secret that the California Energy Code is tough. California requires buildings to be more energy-efficient than buildings in any other state in the nation. These requirements go past the reduction in average energy use intensity. There are also a staggering...

How FitWel Addresses Occupant Health

How FitWel Addresses Occupant Health

Unlike other green building certifications, the FitWel Certification program focuses on occupant health and wellbeing rather than energy and environmental design. The two types of available certifications are Design Certification and Built Certification. Design...

Educational Building Standards in California

Educational Building Standards in California

When it comes to CALGreen, Title 24 Energy Code compliance, and other California building standards, the main authority for each respective code varies by governmental office or division. These include the Building Standards Commission (BSC), California Commission on...

Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design

Americans spend around 87% of their time indoors and an additional 6% in an enclosed vehicle. The physiological issues resulting from human isolation from the outdoors include vitamin D deficiency, high blood pressure, and weight gain just to name a few. Finding ways...

LEED v4.1 A La Carte

LEED v4.1 A La Carte

In 2019, USGBC released LEED v4.1, the newest version of the LEED green building program. LEED v4.1 takes into account challenges encountered with v4 and provides solutions through updates to performance thresholds and reference standards. If a project team is...

Municipal Energy Benchmarking Updates for 2020

Municipal Energy Benchmarking Updates for 2020

Following the launch of Assembly Bill 802, individual cities have continued to push the envelope with updates to its implementation. These municipal ordinances build on the current energy benchmarking law which requires existing commercial and multifamily buildings...

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