By Helen Callier
April 22nd, 2022
Mother Earth is abundant, full of life and she has feelings. The conundrum is that humans have been poorly behaved inhabitants on the land, seas, and skies. Greed has played a critical role in causing major destruction of the environment including loss of ecosystems i.e. animals, plants, insects and more.
While man has live out of sync and has mistreated Planet Earth for a very long time, Mother Earth is still beautiful and its intelligence with the universe is righting its ship. Meaning like man’s body has its own immune system to fight off and normalize performance, Mother Earth is designed to clean, stabilize, evolve, and birth new solutions without man’s interference.
Construction of buildings and infrastructure of all kinds across the United States has adversely impacted Earth causing an out of balance scenario that we experience as major flooding, and so on.
March 2020 was a demarcation; and the pandemic caused a shift in construction, especially in building permitting where a significant number of jurisdictions across the United States transitioned from manual hard copy submissions of plan sets to online portals to submit. While new technology frustrated thousands of Architects and Contractors across the country over the last few years, ultimately this change in permitting greatly reduced the amount of reproduction of plans. Instead of printing 4 to maybe 5 sets of plans (up to full sized sheets), depending on the jurisdiction, day-in and day-out, was changed to submitting through electronic plans submissions. You can do the math to know that this was a major contribution and helps our planet.
In addition to electronic plans submission, below are 4 other changes that occurred in Permitting jurisdictions that help with sustaining Mother Earth.
- Increased adoption and use of virtual platforms for plan reviews and design meetings
- Use of online platforms for sharing plans during design development and CD phases, and to collaborate mark ups
- Leveraging Google Earth for site assessments and to gather field data versus driving to site
- Signing forms, contracts, etc. via electronic signature systems
The PermitUsNow team is committed to operating more in alignment with Mother Earth and are making the heart, mind, and physical investments to make a difference in our industry. In most environmental circles this is know as the “Green Initiative or Sustainability”, but for us it is caring, giving thanks, and being a good steward of our home – Mother Earth – where we live, breathe, and have our being.
On the Earth Day 2022, the PermitUsNow team is excited to join others in the construction field in being green. Technology will continue to play a key role as highlighted above, but the greatest impact and opportunity to make a positive change is by caring for Mother Earth and in turn, she will take care of us for many years to come. Call 1.844.PERMIT.4 with any challenges you may be experiencing with the new electronic plans submission. At PermitUsNow, we are committed to pulling permits for our Architect, Contractor, and Project Owner clients without delay, eliminating their frustrations with the permitting process. Plus, we make it easy for you to work with us. Simply: 1) Email us your plans, 2) Follow up on our feedback for any missing items, and 3) Let us get your permitting done for you. So, send us your plans today and we’ll free you up to focus on doing what you love – building your customers’ dreams. #BuildSafe