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…

A is for Advocacy: LBC’s Red List Vetting Pushes for Transparency

October 8, 2017

Recently graduated from a liberal arts institution, my ideas of advocacy were strong but limited.  I began my time at Integral Group as the sustainability intern who was certain advocacy only meant pressure through political and social avenues. With this strong belief, I felt skeptical of the Living Building Challenge intent for economic “good,” until…

Low Carbon

CARBON CORNER: Accelerating Low-Carbon Design

August 17, 2017

Integral Group’s mission is to accelerate the shift towards environmentally responsive design by making sustainable buildings and communities. One net zero/net positive building at a time is awesome but won’t get us where we need to be to reverse the effects of climate change.  Through our consulting practice, we focus on low carbon and resilience…


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.…

District Energy 101

District Energy 101: 7 Steps to Success

June 9, 2017

District energy systems are becoming increasingly common, particularly in North America. Traditionally, district energy systems have provided heating options only, but increasing global temperatures have given rise to the demand for campus-scale systems that can provide heating as well as cooling options. Integral Group is leading the industry with innovative solutions and approaches with the…

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…


September 20, 2016

Kevin Hydes, CEO of Integral Group, was invited alongside an intimate group of global leaders and champions to a special reception celebrating the 10th anniversary of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Many of those present are mayors of the world’s megacities who are leading the battle against climate change, working closely through collaboration and sharing…

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