We might not think so, but we are all custodians of the world which surrounds us.
This was the strong message that I took away from Build It's Inverness construction and property seminar this morning at the Kingsmills Hotel in the city.
Seven talented speakers from the construction industry engaged delegates with their ideas and projects which drive innovative ways of making construction safer, more sustainable and efficient, and delivering positive outcomes for the people who live and work in our communities.
The engagement of young people was a consistent theme throughout the day. Not all routes to success involve going to university. Many business owners and senior management speaking so eloquently and passionately today started out life working in a trade or on site gaining practical on-the-job skills. It seems time to give all routes to work the same value and educate parents, teachers and school children.
We were treated to a timelapse video of the construction of Merkinch Primary School using cross laminated timber to create an inspirational learning environment. The use of natural materials like wood has been shown, in a German study, to increase the performance of children and reduce disruptive behaviour in the classroom (and aid better sleep) - welcome news for all parents! Timber used by Glulam Solutions (one of the speakers) comes from sustainably managed forests which capture more carbon than is released in the construction process.
ARK Estates and Trail Architects described The Raining's Stairs development which regenerated a challenging derelict city centre site (associated with anti-social behaviour) into an award winning social housing development which not only benefits the residents but the local businesses as well.
The construction industry in the Highlands should be proud of the legacy it is leaving for the next generation.
Build It Inverness provides a platform for the industry to engage on the key issues currently effecting the construction industry.