Like all developers, Errol Stewart has to make the properties he plans accessible for people with disabilities - but it wasn't until he participated in the Boss' Blind Date fundraising project that he realised how vital such features were.
The Launceston businessman - whose latest project is the C.H. Smith building redevelopment - was one of several "top bosses" around Tasmania that wore a thick eyemask for four hours on Wednesday, to better understand the experience of people with a visual impairment.
"When [personal assistant] Rebecca went to get some lunch, I went to go down some stairs - which, you really understand why people make sure you've got handrails on stairs, both sides," he said.
"You understand why the law's changed to cater for people who have bad sight.
"It makes you realise you important it is to have good handrails, and stairs that your feet can differentiate where you're climbing.
"You learn a little bit from having this on for a few hours."
The eyemask, which was a fundraising initiative for Guide Dogs Australia, gave him a firsthand experience of what life could be like with a disability - but Mr Stewart said thinking about those things was also just good business sense.
"I think as you get older as a developer and get more wise, you see that people with disabilities are really disadvantaged, so if you don't put good facilities in, then you're really going to push those people away from your business rather than bringing them to your business," he said.