4 Rising Construction Innovations That Aren’t Going Anywhere
The construction industry by its very nature is constantly changing and evolving. Architectural trends deliver an unending stream of fresh ideas for both residential and commercial customers. Builders are then tasked with the challenge of bringing these buildings to life in the safest, fastest, and most cost-effective way possible. Here are some notable construction trends that are here to stay.
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3-D printing makes it possible to quickly construct not only the key components of a building, but the entire structure. A Chinese company built an entire villa using nothing but a 3-D printer. The building was made of six pieces which were easily stacked together like LEGO blocks upon completion. The home is so structurally sound that it can withstand a 9.0 earthquake.
3-D printing has been used in many other applications as well, for its simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Once a novelty option that builders used to make a statement, it has now become the cheapest and easiest choice for many standard applications. It is truly a breakthrough for the construction industry.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Planning
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) give developers a powerful way to plan projects in an immersive and realistic manner. VR programs make it easier for architects, engineers, and project managers to collaborate and identify potential flaws early to save time and money.
Augmented reality (AR) takes similar technology and displays it as an overlay on-site. AR construction programs aren’t yet accurate enough to offer a realistic solution for builders, but the potential for future development in this area is impossible to miss.
Affordable Rental Solutions
The use of rental equipment on construction sites is a growing trend that’s able to meet the construction industry’s constant need for new equipment. Purchasing major pieces of construction equipment is costly and prohibitive for many smaller companies. Using rentals, builders can maintain constant access to some of the best products in the industry. This also gives them the option to rent what’s needed for each phase of the project, so you can quickly obtain scissor lifts to complete exterior details, then send these off-site again while you handle landscaping.
Pop-up stores are a popular pick for retailers. These temporary establishments allow them to test their products in various markets before constructing brick and mortar locations. Pop-up stores offer a distinct novelty factor compounded by a sense of urgency. Shoppers must buy quickly before the store disappears.
Construction companies that specialize in producing modular retail establishments can take advantage of this trend by supplying businesses with the unique buildings necessary for a pop-up retail event. This type of building must construct and deconstruct quickly and easily, presenting an engaging challenge for builders poised to enter this market.
The construction industry may ebb and flow, but it offers an essential service that individuals and businesses will always call upon. Companies that can evolve efficiently to meet the customers’ needs with the best technology are sure to stay ahead of the competition.
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