Veteran builder says energy efficiency boosts structural integrity and sustainability
The perception that energy efficient building construction is unaffordable is a false one according to Curtis Mercer. Actually, says Mercer, that misconception ultimately costs businesses more money in the long run.
Mercer—the CEO and president of K&P Contracting Ltd. in Flatrock, N.L. as well as an ambassador for Efficiency Canada’s new Our Human Energy campaign—says he had observed a gap in how buildings in his community were being constructed. “Businesses were not looking at the big picture. They were making mistakes that had an impact both on structural integrity as well as long-term sustainability.” For the past seven years, he and his team have been driving energy efficient construction solutions—and advocating for other builders to do the same.
“In one situation, we needed to figure out how to triple the size of a building and still reduce its energy use, and we did it,” says Curtis.
Did you know?
- The energy efficiency sector employed 436,000 Canadians across six key industries in 2018 (204,000 work in mining, quarrying and oil/gas extraction)
- 51,000 Canadian businesses generated an estimated $82.6 billion in energy efficiency operating revenues
- Direct and permanent energy-efficiency workers in Canada generated an estimated $14.9 billion in employment income
Source: Efficiency Canada, 2019 ECO-Canada Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada study