Green building consultancy firm, Recollective on what it means to be a B-corporation and sustainable projects in Metro Vancouver.
Responses provided by Eleanor Kroeger
1. How has your status as a certified B-Corporation influenced your work?
It’s hard to measure if it has had any impact on our ability to win jobs or attract new customers. It has had a much larger effect on our company internally, and caused us to scrutinize our policies and really improve the social impact of our company. B Corporation is a good tool for us that helps us realize our goal of being both environmentally responsible and a nurturing and rewarding place to work for our staff.
2. How cost effective is Energy Recovery Ventilation? It really depends on the cost of energy and the building type and design.
3. What’s the biggest obstacle to more sustainable urban systems like the SEFC Neighbourhood Energy Utility ?
The biggest obstacle is incredibility low energy costs in British Columbia. It is difficult to make a business case when we pay some of the lowest prices for natural gas and electricity anywhere in the world.
4. Your firm gives free public lectures on green building topics. What prompted this initiative?
Inherent in our DNA is sharing what we know with a view to achieving a regenerative building environment. Truly addressing the sustainability gap requires going beyond traditional business practices, collaborating with industry and stakeholders, and educating as many people as we can about challenges and solutions.
5. Your office is at the HiVE, a shared coworking space. How vital are places like that in an expensive city like Vancouver?
The HiVE offers a unique environment where creative, earnest people can rub elbows creating a synergy that helps us all make positive change in the world.
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