Insights Categorized: Thought Leadership

Low Carbon

CARBON CORNER | Demystifying Carbon: Using Visualization to Build Momentum

March 22, 2018

Burst out of our ‘industry bubble’ by using high-end visualizations and storytelling to explain carbon to wide audiences and create positive change! You go to the same green building conferences every year, hoping to be challenged by the conviction and creativity of the people and their amazing work. Amidst an intense happy-hour conversation with new…

Passive House

Past, Present, Passive House

January 20, 2018

When Passive House design entered the marketplace in the 1990s, it was conceived for single-family homes to make them more energy-efficient and comfortable for occupants; the focus was isolated to the confines of that building.  As Passive House design has expanded and gained exposure, more and more owners and developers are considering Passive House design…

Visualize This

January 18, 2018

Most people are familiar with architectural visualization, which is often focused on making the building look as beautiful and attractive as possible. What I do, you might call “engineering visualization for buildings”. It has a different emphasis, focusing on explaining how complex systems actually make a building work, and helping people make better decisions about…


4 Things I Learned at GreenerBuilder 2017

August 3, 2017

As a proposal coordinator at a deep green engineering firm, I have picked up a lot of technical knowledge over the years – why a tight building envelope is important to sustainability, what an air source heat pump is, and even what the commissioning process really entails – but I’m always excited for the opportunity…

Fitwel Certification

Roadmap to Achieving Fitwel: 6 Weeks to 2 Stars

July 7, 2017

The public release of Fitwel at the end of 2016 prompted Elementa Consulting Principal, Edward Garrod to become the first Fitwel Ambassador outside of North America. Elementa Consulting are the UK arm of international ‘deep green engineering’ practice Integral Group. As soon as Integral Group became a Fitwel Champion in early 2017, Garrod challenged his…

Scale ZNE: Technologies Needing Growth

June 15, 2017

Many of our initial zero net energy buildings revolved around a few key design goals: eliminate the compressor and keep it all electric. At the time, this resulted in pushing the limits of cooling tower systems, making cold water at night, using warmer temperature water (55F to 60F) through chilled beams, radiant slabs, or displacement systems.…

The True Value of Zero Net Energy Buildings

June 8, 2017

At Integral Group, we make every effort to guide our clients towards their greatest potential in sustainable design. Throughout California, there is major buzz around Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. The Vision of Zero Net Energy For some, ZNE is about saving energy, avoiding carbon emissions, and balancing the energy used on a site with…