Are You Capitalizing on Your Green Building Expertise?
While traveling in Denmark recently to attend the State of Green conference, I had the chance to meet with Lars Ostenfeld Reimann, group market director of Ramboll, an international engineering consultancy company. Lars works in buildings and design, which gives him the opportunity to work on some of the largest and highest-profile building projects in the world, such as Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and the Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen. From working on projects like these and on many more conventional ones, he has developed an insightful perspective on how the increasing influence of green building and engineering has changed construction.
I found this to be the most telling chart from Lars’ presentation:
As you can see, the practice of bringing a building to life has changed significantly over time. Modern buildings are incorporating advanced technology, which makes them more energy efficient, resilient, and comfortable. Think of advanced HVAC systems that sense the weather, smart thermostats and lighting systems that know when you’re in the room, and renewable systems such as solar power and rainwater catchment that harness power from the roof. It’s much more about integrating engineering and technology, and that trend is continuing. In fact, Lars argues that Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems lead how buildings are designed and experts who know how to integrate technology into an efficient, resilient, and comfortable building are increasingly important and in demand.
It’s interesting to think about “expertise“ as a construction cost, but that’s basically how it shakes out. Design and management expertise has value and so does green building expertise.
“Comment” below: Are you contributing your expertise to building projects, and, more importantly, are you being paid for it?