I’m not sure what it all means in the long run, but it can be a little unnerving to watch the looming recession unfold, FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse, and the craziness of events unfold at Twitter and Meta. As someone who typically embraces technology that improves our lives, I have enjoyed the many techie advances that have been introduced since the early 90’s.
The tech industry employs and attracts a lot of people with the ethos that their work will change the world and make the world a better place. Likewise, every day the work we do at DMA Engineering—along with the architects, general contractors, and associated subcontractors—is making the world a better place. Every day we are working on some of the most highly efficient building envelopes and mechanical systems that actually reduce environmental impact instead of contributing to it. This work builds resiliency.
As the means and methods of constructing energy-efficient buildings become mainstream, the shift in expectation and mindset will require a larger group of dedicated professionals. We’ll need more architects, engineers, and a new crop of craftsmen and craftswomen to take this good work to the next level. Resilient buildings require precise timing and utmost care during construction to achieve their extremely airtight goals. No longer is it enough to just make a building level and plumb. No longer is it enough to just ensure that conditioned air is hot or cold depending on the season. Buildings, and our world, deserve better.
Can we here in the building industry attract the future generation of high-tech experts to help us build better buildings? Leading edge techie folks are already aligned to help us make the world a better place. Together we could have immediate impact versus just coding ones and zeros.