The team is growing, so we thought it time to get to know some of the faces behind Oculus!
Meet Peter Raimondo – Senior Building Enclosure Engineer
Describe yourself at age 10
At 10 years old, I was both shy and also the super silly class clown at the same time. I also would spend almost every spare minute reading, building lego, or looking at cars.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
My first engineering job after graduating from university was definitely the worst. The work itself wasn’t bad, but the work environment was very tense, very corporate, and very toxic and passive aggressive. I almost gave up engineering altogether.
If you could do another job for just one day what would it be?
Astronaut, for sure.
What new trends are you seeing and what excites you about them?
I’m seeing that people in the construction industry are slowly but surely starting to see the benefits of raising standards for heating, ventilation, insulation, and airtightness in new buildings. There are more and more people looking into high efficiency building envelopes, and fewer people saying that things need to stay the same. It’s exciting because it feels like we’re on the precipice of something great.
You’ve done a lot of work offshore as well as in NZ, what do you like about NZ local projects, and how do they differ?
I like NZ local projects because they’re always different from each other. That is bad in certain ways (because there’s no consensus on the best way to do something), but from my perspective it always keeps it interesting and I’m always learning funky new ways of how “things have always been done.” It’s also interesting to me that plumbing, sprinklers and appliances can go on the outside of the building, which could never happen in Toronto because they would freeze.
What’s been your biggest learning, or change in thinking since joining the Oculus team?
My biggest learning curve was in teaching and conveying knowledge, actually. I’ve always been good at explaining things, but I had to get even better and constantly figure out novel and persuasive ways to convince people to spend tiny amounts of extra money on improving the building envelope to save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the building due to lower operational costs and less maintenance.
What’s been your favourite project for Oculus and why?
I can’t actually pick one. Each one gets better than the last, and each time I work with a repeat client, the level of expertise and efficiency goes up, which is very encouraging. I think my favourite part of working at Oculus is the fact that I have gotten opportunities to record podcasts and videos and speak at webinars and conferences to help spread my knowledge and improve the level of energy efficiency, health, and comfort of buildings around the country.