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...

CALGreen Tier 1 & Tier 2 Projects

CALGreen Tier 1 & Tier 2 Projects

CALGreen, published by the Building Standards Commission, is organized into chapters for Residential and Non-Residential buildings. There are both mandatory and voluntary measures. Mandatory measures apply statewide and voluntary measures can be adopted by local...

Sustainable Building Practices in the Residential Arena

Sustainable Building Practices in the Residential Arena

For Earth Day, Wayne Alldredge gave a talk at the Orange County Association of Realtors on new developments in residential code, solar plus storage systems, and the new residential energy tariffs. As solar mandates become more prevalent in California, it’s critical...

What is Green Globes?

What is Green Globes?

Green Globes is a building certification program administered by the Green Building Initiative, a company with resources and goals very similar to that of LEED or GreenPoint Rated. This program is designed to lower your annual energy and operating costs, better...