Author: Drew Wilson

Down to Earth: Building opportunities from waste

Down to Earth: Building opportunities from waste

Here’s a riddle for you. What do you get when you combine 70% soil, 25% mixed builders waste and 5% cement? The answer: a HOUSE! [rml_read_more] I recently caught up with USE-IT’s founder to hear how our sector is throwing away opportunities for sustainable construction every day. If you’ve never considered construction waste as a beautiful resource, you’ve never met Chris ... »

Creating a culture of sustainability: Two things Civil Engineers can do today

Creating a culture of sustainability: Two things Civil Engineers can do today

Construction often has a staid image of not being progressive or innovative, perhaps even inflexible and traditional. But I’m on a mission to change that. Sustainable construction and social change go hand-in-hand and as Civil Engineers, we have a responsibility to encourage our clients, contractors and the supply chain to think bigger. The new generation of Built Environment professionals get it.... »

Contractual Responsibilities: The ‘Spirit of The Contract’

Contractual Responsibilities: The ‘Spirit of The Contract’

Ethics, professionalism and communication. These are the pillars of a successful project – especially when considering it’s all-important, and equally onerous, contract and terms. As in most industries, there’s a hierarchy of stakeholders involved in construction projects and egos can often impede doing the right thing; sadly, often at the expense of the communities who rely on the project t... »

Back to school is more than just polished shoes

Back to school is more than just polished shoes

Packed lunch boxes in the fridge overnight, freshly-ironed uniforms, a sparkly new stationery set and an abundance of nervous excitement; with two young girls, this is what back to school means in our house. For me, it means getting back into the school drop-off and pick-up routine, coordinating schedules and meeting new teachers. It’s a mix of pride and relief, especially after a long December br... »

Why Should Hardhat Professionals Care about Sustainability In South Africa

Why Should Hardhat Professionals Care about Sustainability In South Africa

Sustainability inspires me to get going in the morning. It’s what I think about when I look at my young daughters and when I think about their future. Read on to discover what sustainable construction means in South Africa and where the responsibility lies.  »

Shifting focus: What makes good Engineers great

Shifting focus: What makes good Engineers great

Who are the civil engineers who will impact the most meaningful social, environmental, economic and sustainable change in South Africa? What’s the difference between a good engineer and a great one? Surrounded by so many respected built environment professionals at the recent inauguration of Brian Downie as the newest President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), I chall... »