Episode Description

Is sustainability leaving the boardroom? Are you effectively communicating throughout your organization the implications of sustainability or are you keeping those conversations in a small group? We as a construction industry need to work together more to reimagine how we do things that reduce waste, make construction more efficient and make it better for the environment. Advance Workshop director Ismail Makda joined the show to talk about sustainability and the expectations that arise from innovation.

Ismail is a construction industry professional with over 20 years experience serving the AEC industry. His background is in construction industry materials with a particular focus on digital tools and innovative transformation to make the world of construction meet the challenges of climate change and in harnessing new technologies in the interests of efficiency.

Todd Takes

  1. Playing off of last week’s episode around adjusting our mindset to see the gains in change, I liked how Ismail said that more often that not, it is not fear that distorts the potential of technology but a lack of understanding. That is true. Technology should be viewed as filling in the limitations of humans not overtaking them. 
  2. Another great point from the conversation was asking the question “is sustainability leaving the boardroom?” Are you effectively communicating throughout your organization the implications of sustainability or are you keeping those conversations in a small group? I believe we as a construction industry need to work together more to reimagine how we do things that reduce waste, make construction more efficient and make it better for the environment. 
  3. Finally, I really liked that Ismail said “innovation is expecting things will change.” It is not a matter of IF things change it is simply WHEN things will change. 

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