I have been toying with this idea in my head for some time now (no, not just since this morning) and thought that I would take the opportunity to test the waters here: what is sustainable development really mean to the working professional and how is it going to affect their careers?
For me, simply put, the answer is LEED. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, the official Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ definition can be found here.
As a municipal design engineer working out of Ottawa, Ontario, I am seeing more and more of the LEED requirements when working on high profile projects for all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal) as well as other Big players. Speaking from experience, meeting Silver or Gold level LEED requirements for new and existing (retrofit) construction is NOT easy and is very demanding on all designers involved. I find it an added challenge which ultimately increases short term costs for all involved (due to extra design time, for example).
My interpretation is just that LEED is a set of new rules to help make greener, more sustainable infrastructure. For what its worth, i’m on board – I just hope it does not take down an industry.
HOW does/will SD affect you?