What will construction be like in the future? Here we explore the different construction ideas that the near future may involve:
Sustainable development practices have made their mark in construction, especially as governments provide incentive schemes to encourage designs and materials that fall under the umbrella of green building.
As knowledge of these methods increase and markets for sustainable products and materials expand, green building regulatory requirements are also steadily increasing. The promotion of practices such as energy efficiency, has not only resulted in more green suppliers but also increased demand for buildings with sustainable standards and certifications.
This is because high performance construction not only offers environmental benefits, but yields higher property values, can reduce construction costs and also reduce insurance costs as a green structure’s longevity represents a reduced liability for insurers.
Green roofing, solar power, eco insulation and low carbon concrete are some of the many products and practices that have captured this burgeoning market.
Advances in technology have also impacted construction as the rise of intelligent building is felt across the sector.
Although individual features such as smart glass, microprocessor lighting controls and electronic card readers may operate throughout the building, the integration of this technology is the conceptual underpinning of this construction trend.
Truly smart design overcomes the siloed effect of individually installed features in favour of open source platforms to manage the building’s data collected from its array of technologies.
Therefore, the key aspects of these builds are systems integration that provides an intuitive user experience and embedded performance optimisation features that exceed standard building automation systems. The result is a building that can operate seamlessly, whose design allows for a common network that shares its facility, business, technological and infrastructure systems data.
Also within the technological sphere, pre-construction stages are also evolving to incorporate emerging software that will one day change the way buildings are conceived and assembled.
Virtual reality versions of buildings are being used to identify potential inaccuracies or inconsistencies that may result in costly building mistakes. Their ability to improve safety on site and predict possible dangers is also being used by some European countries, as well as work site simulations that provide immersion based training.
Still in its early stages, the incorporation of virtual reality is one to watch out for.
Modular and Offsite
Prefab buildings are gaining traction in the industry as both residential and commercial buildings see a rise in this style of construction.
Especially as eco and technological methods and materials develop, such as the ones discussed above, the result is a reduced build times that presents a cost effective alternative to traditional construction processes.
Inclement outdoor conditions need not delay or result in damage to a partially completed build as indoor construction offers protection from the weather and allows for a more efficient allocation of contractors who may work on various projects throughout a day.
Modular construction is increasingly customisable and edging into the luxury market, capturing a wider variety of clients than the pre-fab industry previously catered to. This popularity is tipped to slowly grow throughout the next few years.