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We recently launched a student internship program that has caused me to reflect a bit on employability for a mission-led company. It's a really important thing for us to understand as we're all driven by our mission and are seeking people that can bring their own passion, energy and drive to help us achieve the outcomes we seek.
A couple of weeks ago we kicked off our journey towards B Corp certification, which we're aiming to complete later this year. There are a range of reasons why companies pursue B Corp certification - the brand value that comes with it, connection to a network of businesses who share the same principles, or a means of testing you're actually the kind of business you think you are.
One of the main reasons we started Evident was to explore opportunities to connect buildings to cloud computing platforms. This originated from successful prototypes during the Zero Energy House project, where we streamed data from the house to the project website via a cloud platform. Two years on and we're in the middle of another series of prototypes, this time trialling services from IBM, Google and Amazon.
James will be featured this month in Engineer Your Career, an employment newsletter put out by The University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering. His article is reposted here.
We're also presenting at the Faulty of Engineering in mid-May, where we'll be announcing a small number of paid projects for students to work on. If you want to be kept informed about those, subscribe to our mailing list here.
While many people in the sector promote the idea that sustainability and affordability should go hand-in-hand, the reality is that in New Zealand we have no demonstration projects to prove the point. In fact, we have many examples that prove the opposite - homes with great sustainability outcomes that are not affordable to lower-income families, and affordable housing that performs poorly.
We strongly believe in the importance of demonstration projects to bring about change in the building sector. They are the projects that inspire and enable the next ten to achieve the same results, and those ten trigger the next 100, then 1000... Any significant change starts with those first demonstration projects.
We had a great couple of events recently with the 2015 Runstad Fellows, a six-person research group visiting from Seattle in the United States to find out more about what they perceive as successful design and development outcomes in Auckland.