Architecture Trends Related to Construction

Goals

To identify 4-6 trends in architecture related to construction and the type of materials used. For each trend, we will detail what it consists of, how it is impacting architecture work on construction projects, and 1-2 drivers of the trend.

Early Findings

Sustainability

  • Numerous cities have begun "implementing strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of construction and development."
  • Numerous architects have started turning more towards the use of recycled materials.
  • They have also started making more green spaces in the houses they build in order to reduce the CO2 footprint from each home.
  • This type of thinking has created the net-zero home, which usually includes a green energy production aspect, usually several solar panels.
  • In fact, consumers have expressed great interest towards the inclusion of more energy-saving features and greener in-door spaces.

Smart Home Technology

  • While smart homes are not a new concept, it is a trend that has been growing extensively as we draw closer to the introduction of 5G and the full implementation of IoT.
  • Architects have moved towards making the smart devices integrated in the house so that they are part of the interior and not noticeable.
  • However, it is challenging to include such devices in the structure of the house, as their wiring can affect the stability and durability of the house.

BIM

  • "Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure."
  • Its advantages lies in its function to store data, create accurate representations and save a lot of time in planning and design by connecting the architects, clients, builders, and consumers' ideas in a single process.
  • A study by the McKinsey suggests that the "construction productivity could be improved by 50 to 60 percent using tools like BIM", which could represent a rise in revenue of $1.6 trillion.

Local Materials

  • There has been a recent shift towards the use of local materials for the production of homes.
  • The main reason for that shift is cost-effectiveness, which allows architects a bit more freedom to be creative and to realize their projects completely.
  • Another reason is the shift towards stimulating local economies and providing housing that is more affordable and sustainable.
  • In fact, consumers have expressed an interest towards the more traditional farmhouse style that is primarily built using wood, which is another reason for architects and construction companies to turn towards local markets.

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