4 Cutting-Edge Building Trends Changing Residential Construction

Cutting edge building materials can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient and more desirable to home buyers. This article will discuss modern materials.

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4 Cutting-Edge Building Trends Changing Residential Construction

Posted by Gary Ashton on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 4:15pm.

Four Cutting Edge Building TrendsBig changes have been happening in the world of architecture and home building. In this article, we'll talk about materials that can improve efficiency around the home and make the house a more comfortable place to live.

Solar-Thermal Cladding

The solar activated facade is a cladding system that consists of prefabricated panels. Solar cladding deflects sun in summer and absorbs radiant energy in winter. This material stores heat at night to reduce interior heat loss and keep the home warmer as needed. At all times of the year, solar-thermal cladding helps keep your home more comfortable. Solar-thermal cladding is especially efficient in northern, cold-weather climates.

Self-Healing Concrete

Self-healing concrete is a type of concrete that is designed to fix itself over time. Self-healing concrete comes in different forms, depending on the type and manufacturer. Some types of self-healing concrete are made from healing agents with organic and inorganic compounds, others contain bacteria that act as healing agents.

Self-healing concrete that can repair itself without human intervention. While this material is not in wide use right now, future benefits will be obvious for homeowners. Self-healing concrete can save homeowners money in driveway repair, sidewalk repair and other types of concrete repair. Be on the lookout for this to become a more commonly used building material.

Smart Building Technology

Smart buildings are the wave of the future. Smart building technology can be found in nearly all systems of the house, from locks to lights and windows. Smart building technologies automate functions of your home, so you can control the temperature, interior environment and external security all at the touch of a button.

Most smart technology is bought in pieces and acquired over time. Homeowners who want to control all of their smart technology from one centralized location may purchase a home assistant to act as a dashboard or hub for their smart devices. Modern homeowners considering installing smart building technology often turn to devices such as:

  • Smart locks, which can be locked and unlocked remotely.
  • Smart window shades, which can be set to raise and lower based on interior temperatures and habits of the homeowner.
  • Video doorbell, which enables homeowners to answer the doorbell from any location.
  • Smart lights, which can be programmed to turn on and off according to the habits of the homeowner.

3D Printing

3D printing use is on the rise, and now it's being used to make structures. While 3D printing is not often used to make buildings at this time, in the future it may be a common practice. Projects around the world, like the MX3D bridge, are changing the face of building technology. The MX3D bridge in Amsterdam is a human foot bridge positioned over one of Amsterdam's oldest waterways. This building technology is still in its infancy stages, but in the future every home may be made from a 3D printer.

Drones That 3D Scan Construction Sites

Using high-tech equipment, skilled drone pilots can assist project managers in overseeing every aspect of their construction project. As the pilots fly the drones over the construction site, their onboard video equipment records all the finest details of that location. The advanced software program then creates informative 3D maps that allow for the precise inspection of the site.

Project managers can then use those maps to view the site as it looks in that moment. They can repeat the mapping process on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to follow the project from beginning to end. Some project managers elect to complete a new map at the end of each phase of the project instead.

Whatever their schedule, when project managers rely on drones that 3D scan construction sites, they can better monitor and manage the project progress. As the many benefits become apparent, the use of 3D scanning drones will likely become an industry norm.

Concerned About Home Values? Contact Your Real Estate Agent

If you're concerned about Hendersonville home values and how cutting-edge building materials can impact your home's overall value, contact your real estate agent. A good real estate agent can help you decide which materials are best for your home. Work with your real estate agent, contractor and home builder to come up with the best materials for your property.


Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

The #1 RE/MAX team in the World!

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