The rules of the world have changed. Probably not in the way anyone would have liked or expected, but the world as a whole is almost indistinguishable from the environment we were operating in just a few weeks ago.
It presents each of us with plenty of time for reflection and analysis of what is most important to us in our professional and personal lives.
Whenever this interim period comes to a conclusion, it is likely none of us will be the same.
Which means none of what we do will be the same. How we approach business and enterprise, specifically the consideration we give to our impact on the world, will never be the same.
It makes the prospect of life after coronavirus exciting, and the semi-clean slate this terrible crisis offers one to relish.
It means MEP professionals will be approaching sustainable design in a far more critical way. It means those bogged down in more traditional ways of working, those adhering to less green construction frameworks, will wake up and smell the roses. It means we will all have a collective desire to work more closely together and share knowledge for a greater good.
Technology will be at the forefront of that conversation, of that there is no doubt.
Air filtration in HVAC systems are already the words on a great number of lips as people discuss their prominence in stemming the spread of potential future viruses.
Meanwhile, mankind’s collective ‘wind-down’ has seen an incredible rally from wildlife across the world. This very visual – and visceral – example of what sustainable building and design can lead to will only fuel the demand for smart cities.
So while many headlines make for sad reading at the moment, there is plenty of good awaiting us on the other side. Stay safe and stay well.