From coast to coast, more and more state and local governments are implementing green building codes to decrease the built environment’s impact on climate change. (Learn more about green building initiatives.)
Designing for today’s built environment requires imagination, unconventional thinking, and the ability to solve engineering problems in new ways.
These are also skills ESD Practice Leader for High Performance Buildings Andrew Lehrer uses every day. He recently shared his views on the creative side of engineering in a recent podcast interview with Emerging Creativity in Real Estate host Larry Saint Germain. In “Episode 4 – Engineering and the Creative Mindset,” Lehrer discusses his non-traditional journey to becoming a professional engineer and the importance of an innovator’s mindset to finding design solutions. During the podcast, Lehrer explains how today’s engineers need to help clients recognize current needs as well as future opportunities.
Lehrer says that while there is certainly a commoditized aspect to his profession with calculated inputs and outputs, what “gets him out of bed in the morning” is the opportunity to work on really difficult projects that haven’t been done before. And if they have, he says, there is always the opportunity to improve the process, the product, or the experience.
Andrew Lehrer freely shares his industry experience and ideas through programs like this podcast as part of fulfilling ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
For more information on how our engineers can help with your project, reach out to ESD’s High Performance Buildings Engineering team.