Who are you and what do you do?
Lewis Hewton. Born and raised in rural South Australia and have been based in Adelaide since commencing a mechanical engineering degree at Adelaide University. I joined Cundall in 2008 as a graduate ESD engineer.
What or who inspired you to be an engineer?
In the period around 2007-2008, there seemed to be a kind of momentum building behind the concepts of sustainability, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. Particularly in Australia, we had a newly elected government that stood in part on an emissions trading scheme platform. I think these factors created a lot of new opportunities for the sustainability industry in general, so it was quite a dynamic period and an enticing one to be a part of.
What made you decide to join Cundall?
At the time, the majority of graduate work in South Australia was in mining which was gearing up to ‘boom’, or in the declining manufacturing industry. So when I found out about what Cundall did, that they were opening an Adelaide office and that nobody else locally was doing the same thing - it was a great opportunity.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The diversity of opportunity is great and we’ve got a good team here in the Adelaide office. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of rewarding projects; some because of their local significance and some because of their challenging scope or environmental goals.
What are you most proud of in your career to-date?
Working on the LEED submission for the SAHMRI project and seeing it get its LEED Gold certification was pretty good. It was the first rating of its type here and it’s a standout building for Adelaide.
Tell us the most interesting thing you have learnt or experienced in your time at Cundall
I don’t think it’s any one particular thing. It’s interesting seeing the industry as a whole adapt and restyle itself in a changing economic environment. In the last few years, we’ve seen big shifts in how rating tools are applied, client understanding of environmental rating tools and what they are asking for, the use of design aids such as CFD, increased awareness of embodied energy and whole-of-life costing to name a few. It’s important to evolve, offer new services and respond to new opportunities as they arise. Being part of that process is interesting.