This month we began the commissioning phase of Camp Glenorchy, which we believe to be the most sustainable campground in New Zealand - possibly the world. We're currently commissioning the control system for the mechanical plant that supplies heat and hot water to the shared Amenities Block and Common Building. This involves innovative approaches to managing hot water supply based on the number of people onsite and due to arrive.
Our Auckland workshop 'Exemplar buildings as tools for change' is now complete. We've published the campaign canvases - and the most recent version of the workshop slide deck - on our website for you to view. We're also pleased to announce we'll be running another workshop in Queenstown later in the year.
In May we ran a workshop in Seattle as part of the Living Future '17 conference focused on helping people leverage their building projects as tools that can change a sector, industry or market. We're now excited to offer the same workshop in New Zealand.
Last month we became New Zealand’s 11th certified B Corp, and the first in the country’s construction sector. We’re proud of much of the work we’ve done in the past four years, but personally I think B Corp certification might be one of the most important things we’ve done so far.
We (Matt, Shay and Maria) have just returned from the Living Future '17 unConference in Seattle where we ran a workshop on leveraging exemplar projects to change the built environment. This post is a summary of useful takeaways from both the conference and meetings we had in Seattle.
Electric vehicles are growing in number every year, and are increasingly making sense financially as an alternative to internal combustion engine vehicles for around town travel.
Evident commissioned our first solar EV charging solution this week. The smart home solution monitors both energy consumed and energy generated from the solar system. The EV charger is controlled to limit the car’s charging to use only this excess electricity.
Matt Philp wrote a feature on Evident that was published last week for Global Entrepreneurship Week. As founders of a startup we are so focused on where we're going, and it was great to have someone write a piece about where we've come from. We're also a small team working in a wide range of areas and Matt's piece does a great job of linking those to our mission and vision.
Camp Glenorchy is our most significant project to-date and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play a part in this exemplar of sustainability. It has enabled us to weave all the different services and solutions we offer into one cohesive project.
We're excited to announce we'll be running a workshop at the Living Future '17 conference in Seattle titled, "Accelerating our journey towards a Living Future by using Living Buildings as high-impact educational tools."
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.
Tonight we'll flick the switch on the website and officially launch Evident. It feels important to reflect on how and why we got here.