The recent advancements in technology have opened doors to more innovations in the construction industry– there’s the self-healing concrete, smart traffic cones, quick PPE, 3D printed houses, and many more. Here’s what the future of construction technology holds.
Building Materials Become More Smarter Than Ever
Highly-advanced building materials would be a better version of the traditional ones– they’ll be using the latest scientific technologies. One great example of this would be the self-healing concrete created by a microbiologist.
It’s a type of concrete that involves a particular kind of bacteria into the concrete. Its nutrients, if treated with water would consume calcium lactate, producing a central component of limestone known as lactate.
This self-healing concrete would be available a few years from now, and if it becomes successful, it will resolve the problem of concrete cracks, as well as expensive, yearly maintenance.
Aside from self-healing concrete, another technology that we should be looking forward to would be “green” technologies; wherein sustainable materials are being utilized during the construction period.
One of the few companies that have started creating foam material taken from plant materials, such as kelp, hemp, and bamboo is the Malama Composites. They are going to utilize this for insulation, turbine blades, and many more.
This eco-friendly foam is highly resistant to heat, and provide the ideal moisture needed to prevent molds. That means there won’t be a need to check the building, unlike with traditional ones regularly.
Redefining Future Design
Although sticking to simple construction methods may be the most accessible route to take, you have to consider that the construction industry is transforming, and greener techniques are emerging. Although it may be a little confusing at first, it’s something that could be hugely beneficial in the long run.
In some places, such as Indonesia, they are already ingeniously designing buildings, like the Pertamina Skyscraper that is shaped like a budding flower’s petals. It’s also worth noting that it uses wind energy and the skyscraper has a tendency to pen its peak slightly to absorb natural light and release carbon dioxide.
In other parts of the globe, to lessen construction costs, while reducing waste at the same time, they are designing skyscrapers using their tenants’ trash.
The building will keep on growing as their residents keep on producing more trash that can be used for construction materials. Likewise, the plastic casting can be done within a year, and through this, they’ll be able to generate their electricity.
More Than Tall Building
As we talk about the future of construction development, we can explicitly say that technology can offer us a better perspective of what’s yet to come. There are a lot of fresh ideas waiting to be discovered, and architects, as well as designers, are more than ready to change the way we live.
As these highly-advanced buildings are made, we can expect that every material and every concept necessary for this would ensure that we wouldn’t have to worry about any forms of environmental damage, and these future buildings won’t only last a long time, but would also be a pleasure both inside out.
The Planning Stages Will Be More Cost Efficient
Thanks to technology, mechanical engineering in the construction could enjoy a cheaper, yet effective planning stages. The industry is on its way toward BIM– a collaborative design between the architect structure where 4D is possible.
Through this, you’ll be able to identify if there are any conflicts on the documents, and this can be resolved right away– allowing people in the field to see the building even if it’s still in the process of getting built. With 2D drawings, although you see everything, it’s still in the plan view– how contractors look through the project plan for centuries. Times have changed, now, you can do this more exactly.
Additionally, gone are the days when you have no choice but to wait for the architect of the drawing, then have a structural person to assess the flooring. This kind of coordination is often prone to mistakes, delays, and other problems.
With 3D, you can avoid all of these. Another significant technology is the variable refrigerant volume that operates water sources but doesn’t consume water directly. Although this one is a little expensive, it’s also efficient.