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First Look at the Newly Reopened Hollywood Pool and Its Cool Retro Pool House

This week, the pool at the Hollywood Rec Center reopened, unveiling tons of added features (slide!) and a 1950s-inspired pool house. The project’s been under construction since the fall of 2013, but the wait has clearly been worth it. The 9,575-square-foot pool now has a swirling slide, bleachers topped...

Boyle Heights Joins Rooftop Solar Movement

 “We have the commitment of our mayor to go to almost a gigawatt and a half in 2025 with the benchmark pool in 2017 of 600 megawatts contracted, that would make Los Angeles by far the largest city with the most amount of local solar in the United States.”...

Interview with GLOBONews | Ryan McEvoy Talks Water

On Monday Feb 16th one of the largest Brazilian television news networks, GLOBONews, interviewed Gaia’s Ryan McEvoy about water efficiency solutions and regulations in California. In addition to interviewing Ryan in California, GLOBONews is also filming in Sydney and Singapore as part of a series about worldwide water con...

Keeping Up with Gaia | Q1 Update 2015

  KEEPING UP WITH GAIA|Q1 2015 RECENT SUCCESSES As Gaia celebrates our 10th Anniversary in the green building industry, we are excited to announce several achievements.   Google Irvine – LEED Platinum Certification 140,000 sq ft | LEED consulting, energy modeling, and fundamental & enhanced commissioning     ...

Talking Trash with Denise Braun Article 1.0: Plastic Bag Ban

In 1977 the plastic bag was introduced in grocery stores. From that point it is estimated that worldwide plastic bag consumption reaches an astounding 4-5 trillion bags annually (in 2002) – that’s almost 2 million every minute.   Plastic bag production, use, and disposal have many negative impacts on...

Gaia Named LEED® Proven Provider™ by Green Building Certification Institute | Status Acknowledges Gaia’s Role as High-Quality LEED Project Administrator

Los Angeles — November 05, 2014 — Today, Gaia announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has designated Gaia a LEED® Proven Provider™ for the Building Design and Construction rating system family. This designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demon...

Lunch n’ Learns Keep #teamGAIA Engaged

In the past month #teamGAIA has been fortunate to have two very informative Lunch n’ Learn sessions. We had product demonstrations from John Stein of Kirei and Mike Militello from CODA Energy.   We learned about Kirei’s gorgeous Kirei Board made from the leftovers from sorghum production. We also...

It’s Summer. Time for a Trip to the Beach!

Last month, teamGAIA spent a well-deserved day celebrating the work we’ve accomplished so far this year. Just blocks away from our office, we made our way to the beach in Playa del Rey. We played volleyball, soaked up some sun, and took advantage of the uncharacteristically warm ocean waves....

Municipal Green Building Conference Interviews Ryan McEvoy

Watch this great video from this year’s Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo. Our Principal Ryan McEvoy talks about his long-term involvement with the 13 year old conference, he points out benefits of using energy modeling as a design tool, and spends some time talking about Southern California water...

Repost: California added more rooftop solar capacity in 2013 than in the past 30 years combined!

The byline says it all: “From 1 gigawatt to 2 gigawatts in a single year”   The article highlights the decreased cost of “doing solar” and charts out that the largest percentage of nation-wide soalr installations are happening in the middle income bracket.   Read about it on: treehugger...

Cuningham Group Featured in Bisnow

Congratulations to Cuningham Group for the feature in today’s Bisnow post! #teamGAIA did the commissioning for their featured new office in Culver City – helping to guarantee their 50% reduction in power consumption. Not only is Culver City an increasingly accessible location, but it’s deep history with Lo...

Gaia Writes: Reflections on LEED EB:O&M – Benefits and Analysis

by Chris McKinley, Project Manager   LEED expertise and excellent clients lead to increased sustainability achievements   In addition to Gaia’s work on design and construction for new facilities using the LEED for New Construction rating systems, we have recently certified three (3) facilities in Southern Califo...

Recap of Hillary Clinton’s Keynote Address at the 2013 Greenbuild Conference

USGBC’s President & CEO, Rick Fedrizzi started the conversation with the success and potential the movement has seen in their Women in Green Breakfast meetings. Clinton responded by recognizing that most small farmers are women – noting that the Clinton Foundation has been working on providing the support these...

Repost: 6 ways Apple’s new mothership will be ultra green

More details about Apple’s new headquarters…with 6 notable components: fruit trees, renewables, net-zero building design, attention to water conservation, an expanded waste management program and a sharpened focus on commuting alternatives.   Read about it on greenbiz.com...

UCLA’s Oppenheim Lecture Series

Presenter: Allan Jones MBE, I.Eng, FIET; FRSA, Chief Development Officer, Energy and Climate Change, City of Sydney   The city of Sidney created a plan to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 70% until  2030 and their plans are to be 100% independent in energy and water.   A...

Gaia Travels: Dispatches from Sao Paulo – Greenbuilding Brasil

by  Denise Braun, Associate   Brazil is getting worldwide attention. In the next year the country will receive the World Cup and in 2016 the Olympic Games will be in Rio de Janeiro (designed as a World Heritage Site, by UNESCO in 2012). In August I attended the fourth...

Gaia Saves: Zero use of AC in 2013!

This year we committed to open windows, dressing in layers and, thanks to Big Ass Fans, we used our fan to circulate the air in our office. As a result, we did not turn on our AC at any point throughout the year! As summer turns to fall, our...

Gaia Fun Fact

45% of all LEED Platinum & Gold certified industrial projects in California have been managed by Gaia* *Source: USGBC online project directory and Gaia project database...

Gaia Recognizes: Related Cos.

Related Cos., had a groundbreaking ceremony for Parcel M, the first residential phase of the large-scale Grand Avenue Project in Downtown LA. Read more here....

LA Business Council Leads the Way

Congratulations to the LA Business Council for leading the charge to implement LADWP’s CLEAN LA Solar Program as part of the City of Los Angeles’s recently passed Feed-in Tariff Program. Designed “to encourage renewable energy development within the Los Angeles Basin and to help meet the 33% Renewable Port...

Gaia Recognizes: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters received a Leadership Award this January from the USGBC Nevada Chapter in the LEED category. Read more here....

Gaia Staff Updates

Gaia has experienced incredible growth so far this year, with the addition of Annie Argento to the team in Q1, and now we are pleased to welcome two more members to the Gaia team: Bobby Almeida, Project Engineer and Kathryn Robinson, Operations....

Repost: SOM’s net zero New York school aims for “ultimate sustainability”

James Holloway writes, “…(T)ruly net zero and energy plus buildings are rare, and so it’s fitting that the Staten Island school has been described by the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) as a “sustainability lab,” a test case for real-world trials of on-site renewable generatio...