What has COVID-19 taught us about Business & Resource Efficiency?

What has COVID-19 taught us about Business & Resource Efficiency?

In the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we have learned that behavioral impacts could potentially reduce business operating costs and our reliance on fossil fuels. Image Source: NASA Earth Observatory Recent orders to contain the spread of the virus have shifted...

Hot Water Heating in the All-Electric Building

Hot Water Heating in the All-Electric Building

With decarbonization of our grid, all-electric “reach-codes”, and the proliferating move away from fossil fuels, there will be a need for cost-effective, electric domestic hot water heating for all projects, not just single family homes. Most of our buildings today...

What to Know about a City’s Master plan

What to Know about a City’s Master plan

What is a master plan? Presently, a city’s planning department duties are to not just properly address professional planning projects, but also to hypothesize what is best for the city in the future. This is known as comprehensive planning and is represented as a...

USGBC Town Hall: Executive Breakfast on LEED Zero

USGBC Town Hall: Executive Breakfast on LEED Zero

VCA Green sponsored and attended USGBC Town Hall Executive Town Hall meeting in Los Angeles. USGBC CEO, Mahesh Ramanujan, discusses the future of green buildings. The main message is better buildings = better lives. LEED will be focusing on resiliency and health &...

5 Strategies for Non-Toxic Pest Control in Buildings

5 Strategies for Non-Toxic Pest Control in Buildings

Building owners can incur maintenance costs and absorb potential liability when moisture in buildings and pest pathways are not addressed. Financial impacts are significant: 600,000 homes are damaged by termites annually. $5 billion is spent on controlling termites...

Understanding the 2020 Updates to Santa Monica’s Reach Code

Understanding the 2020 Updates to Santa Monica’s Reach Code

The City of Santa Monica is known for being one of the most forward-thinking jurisdictions in the country when it comes to sustainability. Its most recent step in this direction has been to expand upon their reach code with the new 2019 Energy Code cycle, anticipated...