We all know that the construction industry faced uncertain times in 2010. Not only was there fear over viruses, but where demand would come from in the future.
The dynamic shift in social interaction has spurred innovation. Here are five innovative building solutions to follow in the construction world.
1. Green Architecture
Green buildings are positive and beneficial for occupants and other building users, and the community. Research shows more value for residents when they get to live in green buildings.
Fitting roofs and small parks with plants and other trees has become commonplace in cities worldwide. One example of this is the work done at Google’s new multi-tiered London headquarters.
And more people than ever are moving towards sustainable architecture when building their own homes, with self-builds becoming more popular as everyone becomes more environmentally conscious.
2. Bendable Concrete
The idea of bendable concrete only existed in a few projects until now. Several factors, such as the costs, supply chain issues, and technical issues, mean it’s only recently available on a larger scale.
Fibers placed into the structure of the concrete allow for the concrete to be more malleable. Traditional concrete yet is prone to cracking and failure after prolonged use.
The bendable Concrete design can allow a strain capacity of as much as 7 percent. This strain capacity is hundreds of times higher than traditional cement; it also breaks in a slower, safer manner. In turn, this creates many small cracks rather than large gaps seen in conventional concrete.
3. Solar Building Materials
Solar panels have evolved enough that it is no longer necessary to have a large panel on your roof. Even if you don’t get much sun where you live, solar offers many benefits.
Solar panel shingles combine solar energy with regular shingles. These are both sleek and stylish and work with most garage trim and siding. They are also interwoven with traditional shingles to provide ample renewable energy.
But there’s more. Developments in windows, paints, and brickwork that all use solar energy implies that solar integration is one to watch in 2021.
4. Modular construction
Modular has been rising since the start of 2004, predicted to double in value by 2025. Propelling the movement forward is a lack of skilled labor and decreased funds and costs available in recent times.
Many major international builders intend to decrease on-site construction activity to 25% by 2025 in favor of modular. New technology enables prefab and modular buildings to grow even faster than before.
Modular projects can optimize employee safety in climate-controlled, ventilated settings. They are also ideal for social distancing requirements implemented worldwide. Modular homes are popular for building apartments in low-income areas.
5. Smart Contracts
Experts believe the construction industry benefits from the use of blockchain technology. It’s a significant component in offering a more efficient and secure workflow.
Smart contracts give organizations a shared system to conduct business in a project. In turn, they can track deliverable elements within a centralized system. When implemented, tracking will be more comfortable, and the supply chain will become automated.
Innovative Building Solutions Aren’t Always Expensive.
Innovative building solutions are cost-effective, even when they have a higher buy cost.
Increasing reliability proves more trust and certainty in the product. It reduces the long-term operational costs as they need fewer maintenance repairs.
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