Nicolas believes that each home is ultimately sustainable, or has the potential to be more sustainable. To carry this belief into practice, he founded FOVISEE with the idea of thinking about the triad of "home-energy-sustainability" as a whole. The goal is to improve the conditions of poor and lower middle class families by channeling the work FOVISEE does so that it can influence public policy. FOVISEE argues that civil society organizations can partner with the state, in turn strengthening its policies. This includes NGOs providing versatility, agility and flexibility and readiness for innovation, and the State contributing its massive scope, to make intervention universal in a long-term perspective.
Nicolas began his work in the Municipality of Rosario, a city of 950,000 people located 306 kilometers from Buenos Aires. In this municipality he launched the plan to make sustainable homes, in 2012 with the support of CAF. In 2013 the program “Sustentabilizar Hogares” won the Fund of the Americas Award. This enabled Nicolas to develop the initiative in the Municipality of Campana (Buenos Aires Province) reaching 100 households. In 2015, Nicolás got the support of CAF-Development Bank of Latin America to develop a first pilot plan to implement the initiative in Montevideo, Uruguay.
This pilot project led Nicolás to foresee the resources he would require. He already started to build the talent for his program. He developed a curriculum through which young people are trained to develop the homes included in the municipality home improvement plans. He has also developed the content to train company volunteers to do similar work through volunteer programs.
FOVISEE developed the "Manual for Sustainable Use of Housing," which compiles user instructions of Housing, as well as focuses on sustainability under the bases of case studies of households in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires. This manual works on three topics: energy, water, and waste. The manual was printed and distributed in more than 12 cities and towns in Argentina. It was a success and the manual was well received. The municipality of Rosario then requested an edition especially adapted to Rosario. FOVISEE is now currently in discussions with various cities throughout the country and the region to take, adapt and replicate the manual.
Nicolas and his team work on the design of public policies by applying the developments generated by FOVISEE. For pilot schemes they manage funds from different sources (companies, international funds, etc.) and then work to identify existing funds in each place for future replication of the program so as to ensure its sustainability. The local allies are trained to reach each of the decision makers (local, provincial or national governments) to become program leaders at the place where it is implemented.
Recently, FOVISEE developed a system based on solar thermal energy (STE) as an alternative to the existing heating system. This option was adapted to the Buenos Aires context and was a pitch to change the dependency of a quarter of the social housing projects in the city to solar energy. In 2015, this allowed the development of a series of digital measurement technologies to produce information on the consumption patterns of hot water in these communities. This information was absolutely unprecedented and creates opportunities for adjustments to public policies in this field.
The project was developed with the support of INTI (National Technological Institute) and the power company Edenor, and was declared of public interest by the National Congress. It has 200 people directly benefited and a potential to reach millions of people in the short term. To this end, they have been associated with the public, private sector and civil society (German Embassy in Buenos Aires, INTI, ITBA, Municipality of Moreno, specialists of the University of Buenos Aires, UTN, Edenor company, manufacturers of Solar Thermal Energy, etc.)
In 2010, Nicolas was invited as a speaker at the international conference "Building with Energy Efficiency and Sustainability" in Rio de Janeiro. At the meeting, organized by the United States Department of State, US Embassy in Brazil; the Brazilian Council for Sustainable Construction (CBCS) allowed him to expand his network and meet other sustainable development initiatives. There, he saw a public policy that the United States developed and has been practicing for over 30 years. It had never been replicated outside the country. Nicolas set out to create the conditions to replicate this policy, with the necessary adjustments to the Latin American context. This resulted in him creating "Weatherizers Without Borders - WWB" having its base in the US. He is the President and CEO.
Nicolas has integrated the work of FOVISEE and Weatherizers Without Borders resulting in the development of numerous training events and dissemination of the approach and methodology. Among them: more than five years developing and coordinating the international “Conference on Housing, Sustainability and Energy " with experts participation from the US, Brazil, Uruguay, Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Cover the Implementation Group Project of Sustainable Habitat and Energy (GAPHSEE) together with the National Technological University FRD, group of which he serves as Executive Director until the end of 2014. In May 2014, he organized the "Inter-American weatherization Exchange program" which has its first meeting in Montevideo with the participation of the National Energy Executive Department of Uruguay, the OAS and officials and experts from Chile, Uruguay, Peru, USA and Argentina. In February 2015, a conference was organized at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington with officials and specialists from different countries. These activities enabled WWB in 2015 to receive its first international contract with the Government of Uruguay to transfer the Weatherization program to that country.
He is currently working on developing an air cooling housing draft, applying principles of geothermal science. The applied research project is supported by the German Embassy, the Municipality of Moreno, ITBA and other partners. They are in the research stage, which will then allow a similar application to other projects.
Right now, his initiative has gained momentum due to the last political changes around energy supply distribution. The scenario is moving fast and Nicolás has great experience and credibility to play a key role in supporting the government on public policy improvement.