VIRGILE PAPALIA’S INTERVIEW

Check out our video of the week featuring Virgile Papalia, Sales Manager at Someci. He talks about the changes that ecological awareness brought to his business.

WHAT CHANGES HAS ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS BROUGHT TO YOUR BUSINESS?

Our daily business is maintaining facilities, heating, air conditioning and ventilation. We saw that there was a need to have a different approach or to bring another dimension to our profession, particularly through awareness programs.

The objective of an awareness program is to reduce a building’s energy consumption. It’s that simple. At a school, for example, it might involve creating a character who will raise awareness by communicating through flyers, stickers and appearances at joint events with young audiences to make them aware of how their individual actions impact consumption in the building.

Today, we’re all sensitive to this energy issue, global warming and the user approach—the human awareness approach in our programs. This provides answers without saying that we’ve solved the energy problem. In any case, the user is made aware of how their behaviours affect their facility.

In that, it’s definitely something that goes beyond maintenance. We can put 15 cm of polystyrene on a building, we can change all the radiators, we can change the boiler room. But if we don’t change these behaviours and continue to heat up to 25 [77°F], we haven’t really understood anything.

These awareness programs, they’re really there to include the user who has perhaps been neglected too often because we also like to take refuge in the technical details, to measure a facility and say, “Here we go, we’ll do this with the facility, and we’ll save 20%.” Sure, but if we don’t include the user, we won’t achieve this objective. It requires a lot of education, a lot of time, and also a lot of human energy to be deployed. In some ways, we also do it because there’s a certain ethic or particular values we believe in that we always want to apply in our daily lives.

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