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When VEing your project turns out to stand for Very Expensive

When VEing your project turns out to stand for Very Expensive

We all know that value engineering, or VEing, is a process to help control costs in a construction project by selecting alternatives to the current design that are more affordable or more readily obtainable. For example, VCA Green’s return on investment approach has...

2023 Los Angeles Green Building Code Updates

2023 Los Angeles Green Building Code Updates

The City of Los Angeles has announced its amendments to its previous code, the 2020 Los Angeles Green Building Code. The 2023 LA GBC provides increased requirements for electric vehicle parking. No other amendments have been identified yet. (Note: these requirements...

2022 Denver Green and Energy Code Updates Are Here

2022 Denver Green and Energy Code Updates Are Here

As of May 1st, all new projects submitted to plan check in Denver, Colorado, for the first time are subject to the 2022 Denver green and energy codes. Here are some key points to remember: Denver Green Code Applies to all new construction projects and the below types...

Earning Building Product Credits for LEED BD+C Projects

Earning Building Product Credits for LEED BD+C Projects

Some LEED credits are simple to achieve, but others pose a greater challenge. LEED v4 EPD Optimization and Material Ingredient Optimization credits that fall under the Building Product and Disclosure Optimization (BPDO) group are associated with the latter. Strict...

VCA Principal Named 2022 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

VCA Principal Named 2022 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

Market research and product-testing agency Home Innovation Research Labs has recognized VCA Principal Moe Fakih as a 2022 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Partner of Excellence. NGBS is an American National Standards Institute-approved green building...

California Energy Code Solar PV Update

California Energy Code Solar PV Update

Good news from the California Energy Commission (CEC)! The CEC has clarified that areas of the roof “required to be used by other provisions of the California Building Standards Code” can be deducted from the Solar Access Roof Area (SARA). Here are the relevant...

Modular in Motion

Modular in Motion

Interest in modular housing construction for multifamily development has steadily increased over the last three years. Prefabricated construction, which includes modular and manufactured homes, involves a mix of on- and off-site processes woven together to reduce...