It should come as no surprise that in today’s technology-driven world, many of the construction trends revolve around new technologies that improve and enhance the building design and construction process. With every passing day, projects are getting smarter with the new techniques that come up in the market with a better version, be it innovative construction methods or cutting-edge building technologies along with advanced decision-making systems. Bren gives us insights into the top trends in residential construction techniques to look for.
Technology is emerging and allowing home owners to not only track their facility’s systems but also automate them. From regular automated processes to high-tech sensors and gadgets are used to control usual building operations like air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, lighting or even security. Most of the homes also have automated HVAC systems and lighting systems, where they can be controlled at one go, and sensors that detect the presence and turn off or on accordingly, to save energy. The entire ‘Smart City’ program was envisioned keeping in mind the need to create the futuristic cities with the next-generation infrastructure to be digitally connected. The technology allows space optimisation, reduce energy requirements thereby minimising the environmental impact.
Energy-efficient Building Systems
Energy consumption is always on mind, thus, construction firms are continuously trying to build energy-efficient structures by reducing the carbon footprint and doing the efficiency analysis in the initial construction and design phase. With the use of Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) reports and Life Cycle Cost Analysis, owners can make an informed decision to obtain a higher ROI along with overall building value with green construction.
MIVAN technology is an excellent replacement to the conventional construction system that was extremely time consuming and costly. Mivan is an aluminium formwork system with marked advantages of quality, time & requirement of skilled resources. In this system of formwork construction, cast–in–situ concrete wall and floor slabs cast monolithic provides the structural system in one continuous pour on concrete, giving it a very distinct advantage in terms of structural stability, both on lateral movements, seismic forces, and effect of wind forces on high rise building. Proven to be economical as well as satisfactory for the overall Indian construction environment, this technology is used by leading brand Bren for creating homes, workspaces and retail spaces.
Prefabrication refers to the process of assembling components of a building remotely before installing it at the site. It is an alternative construction technique that reduces construction time, is cost-effective and produces less waste. Prefab homes are made from easy-to-assemble building parts that come in all shapes and styles and were manufactured off-site. Using prefab solutions, home owners get their houses built faster, safer and with fewer expenses. Trendsetting builders and architects are using modular building materials to create bold new designs.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Instead of 2D drawings, 3D computer designs using Building Information Modeling (BIM) are becoming the standard, allowing home owners to have a better vision of their future homes. Be it architectural models or a certain building system, BIM is used to model almost everything – mechanical, structural engineering, electrical and plumbing systems, steel work, ductwork and the list goes on.
Cost and Schedule Modeling with 5D Macro-BIM
5D Macro Building Information Modeling (BIM) gives a more accurate understanding of conceptual design as it applies to both the project’s budget and schedule. It helps in showing how changes to materials, layouts, and other design elements impact the appearance of the building, cost of the build, and construction schedule.
These are just a few of the most prominent trends in construction techniques. Stay tuned for more!