Building design is one area where there is constantly so much innovation, yet at the same time, it fundamentally stays the same. What are the most recent technologies being utilized in the design and construction of new buildings? Some of these are just what we’d expect and others will amaze and astound you.
We are starting to see a real acceleration in renewable technologies and the day cannot be far off where we are going to have to have a certain level of renewable energy production as part of any new building work. It is possible to have wind turbines on the land, and in some rare cases, hydro, but by far the easiest method of achieving this is by installing solar panels.
It’s amazing what can be done with smart technology. The pace at which we have seen new technologies emerging in our lives and our homes. The one that we can all relate to is the powerful computer that lives in our pockets, the smartphone. The technology that makes the smartphone work is now seen in so many other devices, smartwatches, thermostats, speakers, and more in the home. We can take this technology and ensure it’s built into the structure as well. We are commonly seeing buildings that have automatic heating or windows and blinds to adapt to the temperature and light situation.
Wired for Internet
You can bet that almost every home and business will have a broadband connection, often high-speed fiber connections. When building any substantial project it is basic now to have structured cabling installed throughout everything. You can even pre-install a Wi-Fi network that reduces the need for a series of external wireless points. Even small touches such as USB chargers in power outlets are standard now as every resident or worker in a location will be carrying at least a phone.
Accessibility is not only important, but a legal requirement. We can see the difference between modern buildings and ones that are hundreds of years old, we have access ramps, lifts, wider door-frames, lower light switches, and counters. We can also consider aspects such as adapting buildings for those with learning disabilities in educational settings. We have such features as sensory rooms for children with autism and other sensory conditions. It’s great to see such inclusivity on the design from the start rather than as an afterthought.
Strength & Repairs
Strength is one area that over the history of architecture has changed so much. We can see with old, traditional buildings that they are made in such a manner. Huge blocks of stone and brick were the only way to build until about 100 years ago. These methods are solid but have other drawbacks, the cost for one, and also the difficulty keeping the heat in. Modern methods see much lighter and stronger materials, even versions that require less maintenance, such as this self-healing concrete. We have also seen stronger glass, roofing tiles that act as solar panels and doors made out of durable PVC materials.