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5th June 2019

The Evolution of Building & Construction Technology

When most people think about what the definition of technology is, they likely imagine all the coding that goes on at Silicon Valley to bring us the latest and greatest apps and other disruptive technology. In line with the original and most authentically fundamental definition of what technology is however, it makes for some interesting observation to explore how technology has evolved within the building and construction industry.

From the laying down of the best solid oak flooring which lasts more than one lifetime to the apps used by Homeowners Associations managers, the evolution of building and construction technology brings to light some interesting developments which show how far the industry has come.

Defining technology

The best definition of what technology is I’ve come across is as follows: The discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems. With that in mind, let’s look at how technology has evolved in aid of the construction industry.

Modular buildings

Modular construction has accounted for what was a radical change to the mainstream construction process, simply entailing what is effectively the equivalent of the installation or assembly of a building at a specific site, following the prefabrication of its components. Modular buildings have many advantages, one of which is how they can make for a permanent-looking, temporary housing solution.

Quicker construction

The best iteration of a modular building looks no different to one which was constructed using the mainstream construction process, so modular buildings are not just for temporary housing. In addition to accounting for quicker construction, some of the modular building processes have been incorporated to mainstream building practices, which makes construction in general that much quicker, these days.

The tallest of sky-scrapers can shoot up into the sky and take up residents within a matter of mere months!

More durable structures

Beyond the obvious examples of how building technology such as masonry has made structures more durable, interior structures such as wood flooring now incorporate engineering techniques and other technology which make them more durable. I mean imagine how many oak trees would have to be grown for the many years over which they grow, and subsequently chopped down to create the quality of hardwood flooring which can now be engineered in a factory somewhere!

Smart structures

Getting back to that tech which is becoming synonymous with what technology means these days, we’re witnessing more and more so-called smart structures such as smart houses which are connected to the internet and appear to assume a life of their own. These buildings are designed to be more environmentally friendly, making efficient use of the elements to save on resources such as the power used internally.

Integrated property management solutions

Finally, cloud-technology in conjunction with some nifty apps is becoming more and more intuitive, with the property management sector delighting in being able to manage inventories remotely and effectively place tenants without having to interact with them. We’re talking here virtual reality tours of the property and real-time fault-reporting, in addition to issues such as tenant background screening.

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