There is no doubt that the different technologies available are increasingly changing different aspects of our lives. One such area where the impact of technological changes continues to be positively felt is in the building construction industry. The latest technologies are increasingly being adopted to update and upgrade the building construction industry. Consequently, here are 7 new technologies used in architecture/building construction.
1. Honeycomb Panels
A honeycomb panel is increasingly being used in construction because of its different advantageous properties. Apart from honeycombs being lightweight, they are also corrosion resistant, waterproof, moisture-proof, and have high compressive strength.
Honeycomb panels are incorporated into building construction to help with the provision of sound insulation and to guarantee a stable indoor temperature. The honeycomb panels can be used as pavement in parks and gardens and as parking pavement. Moreover, the honeycomb panels can be incorporated into fairing and ceilings.
Honeycomb panel is a construction material alternative that is light-weight and cost-effective, unlike plywood.
2. Wearable Technology
Apart from wearable gadgets being used by other different industries, they have also been adopted by the building construction industry for the purpose of keeping workers safe. Building construction is generally a hazardous sector. With wearable technology, construction workers do not have to look down constantly at their instructions since this technology has made it possible for them to communicate with one another. In addition, wearable technology may also help for the purpose of tracking the behaviour and location of a worker, especially helpful in case there is an accident.
In the construction industry, the use of drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) is relatively less problematic or controversial. Drones are increasingly used in the construction sector for conducting site surveys, particularly hard to reach places like around tall buildings, and tracking real-time project progress. Drones are able to accomplish this task by generating aerial maps, 3D images, and photos.
And so, drones are important for ensuring improved worksite productivity and safety. Furthermore, since drones deliver faster reporting and more accurate measurements, this can help in considering the appropriate time for buying different building construction materials and as a result reduce construction site wastage.
4. Self-Healing Concrete
Many building construction industry experts believe that sooner we will start seeing the use of self-healing concrete on buildings and roads. Cement is the main building material used and also it contributes to harmful carbon emissions.
One of the main construction problems is cracking and it is usually as a result of concrete exposure to chemicals and water. A self-healing concrete will entail the use of microcapsules bacteria, able to germinate once the concrete crack comes into contact with water. The result will be limestone production which then covers the existing crack to safeguard against the steel reinforcement corrosion.
5. Transparent Aluminum
This is a relatively new building construction material that is strong and durable like steel. Despite the herculean strength of transparent aluminum, its look is comparable to that of glass. Glass is four times weaker and is able to shatter easily, unlike transparent aluminum. The use of this see-through material promises to enrich buildings with a futuristic feel.
6. Pollution Fighting Buildings
The pollution fighting buildings are also usually referred to as vertical forests. These buildings are designed to appear as high-rise forests for the purpose of tackling the pollution menace. A pollution fighting building will have numerous trees and shrubs to help it filtering the polluted air and hence make the air cleaner.
Smart buildings employ the use of information technology for the purpose of staying connected to people, the global environment and building systems. Smart buildings employ the use of automated systems and processes for controlling different building operations such as security, lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
These building construction technologies together with other technologies are guaranteed to remain relevant in the many years to come. All these different technologies will continue to play an important role in making building construction more productive, sustainable, effective, and safer.