Last week Pure Advantage published a piece we wrote on a pilot project we've run this year integrating EV charging with solar. This guarantees a renewable source of energy is used to charge the car, and has financial benefits for both the EV and solar system.
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.
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.
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.
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.