5 Trends in Home Building Technologies
Home building has been experiencing rapid growth in terms of technology. It seemed to go from being stuck in the past to being propelled into the future practically overnight. This fast-forward effect has meant a very uneven distribution in terms of technology adoption, with most construction crews still using traditional building methods. Slowly but surely though, builders, investors, and real estate professionals of all kinds are getting a taste of what it means to live in the modern world with the following new breakthroughs on the scene.
More Details, More Insights
New technology is making it easier to scout locations like never before. With the help of drones and 3D scanners, developers can check out large sites without the need to even visit them. Drones show an aerial view of a property that even thorough tours can't match, making purchasing a new construction home easier. It lets decision-makers identify the problem spots that would either slow construction down or halt it completely. 3D scanners take it a step forward by showing the exact dimensions of possible impediments on the ground. So if there are major stockpiles on the property, the 3D scanner will give the exact measurements of the piles so developers know if they can be easily removed or not.
Faster Building, Cheaper Homes
A 3D printer can create a home in just hours for a few thousand dollars, which is a huge development for a rapidly growing population. With the demand for affordable housing being quickly eclipsed by an ever-shorter supply, 3D printers offer new hope to government officials, social workers, and home buyers alike. These homes are fully up to code and ready for move-in as soon as they're completed, but there are still some kinks to be worked out before they become a worldwide phenomenon. The homes in Piperton may be inexpensive to produce, but the 3D printers most certainly aren't. Plus, there will be a lot of questions as to how inspectors will be able to qualify these homes if they don't even understand how they're made.
Efficient Robots, Fewer People
Bricklayers have become much more difficult to find in a world that values college over the trades, but bricklaying robots may be able to fill a gap that has been steadily forming in the construction industry. As the older generation begins to retire in droves, these robots may be able to take the place of humans, performing at speeds that far exceed those of even the fastest human bricklayers. These robots still need human hands to load in the materials and they also can't keep up the more complicated architectural designs. However, the speed and the efficiency is difficult to ignore for builders who have strict project deadlines to follow.
Self-protecting Materials, Less Maintenance
New materials on the market are making it easier for homeowners to care for the home and increase its longevity. Nanoparticle paint is made from coated titanium dioxide, and it's extremely difficult to damage. Instead of the exterior and interior paint enduring a certain amount of scuffs and scrapes from general wear and tear, nanoparticles repel everything from water to oil to sandpaper abrasion.
In addition to nanoparticle technology, self-healing concrete will soon be readily available to avoid general foundational damage. This truly remarkable material is made with the help of polymers that can revert to their previous shape after they've sustained any kind of change. Whether the concrete was changed from blunt trauma or traditional wear and tear, the end result is still the same.
New Reality, Better Safety
Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are seeing a huge boost in popularity as the graphics and experiences become more realistic. Industries are seeing an opportunity to use wearable technology as a way to increase the safety of job sites. Construction can be a dangerous career choice at any age, which is just part of the reason why there's a growing labor shortage. AR/VR turn training courses into the employee's own personal video game, so it's easier for a worker to engage with the educational materials and learn the proper ways to conduct themselves when on the job—without the possibility of getting hurt. It also increases their confidence as they start to master even the most difficult situations, and potentially lowers the liability for employers.
The building industry is certainly going through some changes as of late, but these trends are almost certainly going to stick around for many years to come. Each new technology offers the chance to build homes faster without jeopardizing the safety of the structure or the workers. It can even make homes less expensive while simultaneously reducing the amount of home maintenance.