Performance vs. Prescriptive Modeling

Over the past few code cycles, the Building Energy Efficiency Standards have doubled in size. In addition to gains in energy efficiency, there has been an increase in complexity. This complexity gives way to opportunity and options for compliance. The Prescriptive...

3 Critical Questions for Energy Code Compliance

The California Energy Code is just as important as any other part of Title 24, and during design and construction, small mistakes can add up to sizable costs in the development and lifespan of a building. Starting with preliminary energy modeling and ending with...

Zero Net Energy Design Seminar

Zero Net Energy Design Seminar

Moe Fakih, VCA Green’s Principal, recently attended a seminar hosted by AIA in Culver City, CA regarding the advent of zero net energy (ZNE) within new construction projects. The event (organized by AIA) featured a prestigious panel and held a large turnout as...

Green-Certified Buildings Are On The Rise

LEED and EnergyStar practices are increasingly being adopted in commercial and multifamily buildings. Realized return on investment is a driving factor. Read more about it here: World Property...

VCA Green at USGBC OC: Community Appreciation Breakfast

VCA Green at USGBC OC: Community Appreciation Breakfast

On September 14th, USGBC OC Community Market Leader Advisory Board (MLAB) hosted the Community Appreciation Breakfast. Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC’s CEO, spoke about LEED’s success to date and highlighted newer certification platforms – ARC (tracks existing building...

Los Angeles Lakers Solar Open House

Los Angeles Lakers Solar Open House

VCA Green sponsored the UCLA Health Center, Home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Solar Open House.  Building industry professionals got the opportunity to tour the LEED Platinum facility which provided a 16% energy offset with solar PV by Vaha Sustainable Energy.  VCA...

CALGreen Mid-Code Cycle Change

CALGreen Mid-Code Cycle Change

California’s Green Building Code, CALGreen, has updated mid-code cycle changes for all projects going into permitting after July, 1 2018. One of those changes is a maximum flow rate for shower heads from 2.0 GPM to 1.8 GPM at 80 PSI.

2019 Energy Code – A Quick Summary of Key Changes

2019 Energy Code – A Quick Summary of Key Changes

On May 9, 2018, the California Energy Commission adopted the 2019 Title 24, Part 6 Energy Code updates that will take effect January 1, 2020. Key changes for new residential and non-residential projects include: Residential (new ground up...