Top Trends in Residential Construction Techniques
8 top trends in residential construction techniques
Every passing day, there are new techniques for homes that come up in the market with a better version. Projects are getting smarter with innovative construction methods and cutting-edge building technologies along with advanced decision-making systems. In accordance to the fast development in the emerging construction techniques, homeowners should demand faster projects and better buildings with a lower cost.
Let’s have a look at some top trends in construction technology:
Pre-fabrication or simply prefab, whatever you may call it; well, you must know that it’s the hottest trend in the construction industry and has a long way to go. This technology is rapidly catching up the attention of home owners, as the construction companies manufacture these prefab elements to build homes off-site. It spares the home owners from getting their plot polluted with residual building material as well as saves them from the long duration of time for constructing their dream home. Using prefab solutions, home owners get their houses built faster, safer and with less expenses.
2D drawings are going to be a passé now as 3D computer designs with Building Information Modeling (BIM) are becoming the standard, allowing home owners to have a better vision about their future homes. Be it architectural models or a certain building system, BIM is used to model almost everything – mechanical, structural engineering, electrical and plumbing systems, steel work, ductwork and the list goes on. Along with clash detection programs BIM designers can make sure that every system is crafted in such a way that there are no field co-ordination problems on the work site.
Few exercises in the construction projects require repetitive manual labor which can be automated using robotics. Though, implementing this construction technology in India still needs time, it would become a welcome respite for builders. Automated technology and robots under the supervision of skilled masons may perform brick laying and robotic masonry to speed up the project.
With a 3D printing machine connected to a computer, the designer processes three dimensional designs. Then, with a glue gun like extruder filled with hot-liquid that prints the 3D design layer by layer the design takes a 3d shape. Building construction firms in the western countries have already printed houses with giant 3D printers using cement and glass materials. In future, the Indian construction industry would adapt this technology to 3D print new building components, offering quick and cheap home construction solutions.
Construction firms are continuously trying to reduce the carbon footprint and build energy-efficient structures. They do the efficiency analysis in the initial construction and design phase of a home or commercial structure. By making use of Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) and Life Cycle Cost Analysis, home owners would be able to take a wise decision to obtain a greater ROI along with overall building value with green construction.
These construction techniques are going to bring a great change in home owners’ life. New homes would have automated HVAC systems and lighting systems, where they can be controlled at one go. They can also have sensors that detect presence and turnoff or on accordingly, to save energy.
The vast use of mobile devices is influencing the construction industry to a great extent. Information and pictures can be shared using the internet and the devices to gauge the progress of the work and Quality Assurance would be improvised, even if the engineer or contractor is away for a small time. Absence on the job site won’t hamper the ongoing project this way.
These UAVs or drones are useful for constructing huge structures that need to be observed from every angle but doing so practically is difficult, for example, clicking the aerial view of a 48-storey building. For underground constructions, huge bridges and giant buildings this technology in construction would definitely come handy.