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May
19

Major Green Building Trends To Watch in 2018

The Concept of Green Building

The other terms for green building are green construction or sustainable building. A building passes through the following stages in its lifecycle:

  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Renovation
  • Demolition

Green building refers to the structure and the application of processes throughout the life cycle of a building. The purpose of the green building is to reduce the harmful impacts on the natural environment and the climate. This will lead to the preservation of natural resources and improvement in our quality of life.

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Goals of Green Building

  • Mitigating negative impacts – Buildings all over the world consumes a huge share of energy, electricity, water, and minerals. 18% of the global emission and 9 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide comes from buildings. In the absence of green building emissions from buildings will double. Buildings comprise a large portion of land on earth.
  • Sustainable development – It refers to the use of natural resources by the present generation without neglecting the future generation. Sustainable development is becoming a crucial factor because the world’s population is growing at an alarming rate. The mechanism of green building can contribute to facilitating the conservation of resources.
  • Reduction of energy consumption – Wooden buildings will consume lesser amount of energy in comparison to buildings made of bricks, concrete or steel. Designers of green building are trying to reduce air leakage from buildings in order to save energy. There is an increase in energy generation from solar power, wind power, hydropower, and biomass.
  • Reduction in water consumption – Engineers are installing various technologies inside a building to recycle the water disposed of as waste. It will result in low demand for water from local aquifers.
  • Reduction in material consumption – Non-toxic and renewable materials for the construction of a building are renewed to achieve material efficiency.
  • Indoor air quality management – It is necessary to provide people with a better quality of life. Management of air quality inside the building will prevent the growth of bacteria, dust mites and viruses.
  • Optimal operation and maintenance – Proper maintenance and operation of a building can ensure the achievement of other objectives of green building.
  • Waste Management – Green building tries to reduce wastage of materials by converting waste into fertilizers.
  • Electrical efficiency – Another objective of green building is the saving of energy.

Trends in Green Building

Here are some drastic changes which we can expect in 2018:

Utilization of Workspace

Organizations are renovating the lobby, hallways, classrooms, staircases, ceilings, doors and meeting spaces. They are using light, modern, mobile and multi-purpose furniture. This will increase the available space within to meet some other purpose. Many companies are shifting from rural to urban area. Therefore, for providing space for them, apartments and hotel rooms are becoming smaller in size.

Wellness

According to the general consensus, wellness is good for business. The working environment can have a tremendous impact on the quality of work of employees. Therefore, many industries are adopting this new discipline. There is a direct relationship between productivity of employees and Green building.

Flexibility

Extreme weather and natural disaster which can have a severe effect on industries. Therefore, Developers are framing flexibility by undertaking insurance to mitigate risk. The infrastructure of buildings should be such that it can withstand disaster.

Certifications

Now more options are available to measure the resilience, sustainability, and wellness of a building. It will help to measure the impact of a building’s health and wellness features. Certification can ensure that architects have taken insurance to reduce risk.  Most of the companies approach to LEED for certification. LEED certification helps companies to build high performing and sustainable commercial and residential buildings.

Innovations

2018 will be a witness of great innovation. In this year everybody will come across modular and highly adaptable building designs. Technological advancements will generate new projects and create new solutions for businesses. Everything will become smart this year and it would be possible to achieve whatever we thought of before.

Sustainability

This year has an expectation to see more variety and combinations of certifications. In green building, buildings will use healthy materials to provide a healthy lifestyle. Sustainability has a big role to play in curbing climate change.

Human Factor

Consumers and investors are getting more aware of their expectations from Corporate Social Responsibility. Consumers and employees are expecting more from companies. So companies are expecting architects to construct buildings to represent brands along with sustainable and wellness related experiences. More questions on CSR activities can come from customers. the company which will be able to give the best answers to consumers will be the winner. Social justice and equitable distribution of wage among employees can have a direct impact on business.

So you can understand that everyone should resort to green building. But the criticizing issue with regard to green building is the price. Still, the benefits of green buildings outweigh the payback period of its investment. There will be a reduction in the greenhouse effect and the whole world will be benefited from it. Therefore, it is beneficial for industries to adopt green building.

May
17

How construction technology is changing | Major Changes Come to Construction Industry

Construction delays are common in India. When an inmate finally buys his home, there are some changes that he notices. In addition to that, he has to pay additional charges, contractual back-footing etc. The population is getting congested in urban and suburban areas of India. constructors are under constant pressure to create flats in less time. As a result of that, flats are poorly constructed or lack of facilities.

The real estate is a booming industry. There is a constant pressure on the part of the promoters in terms of cost of land, approval to buy a site and construct and then marketing. Since the last decade, construction capability is evolving. Companies are using regressive methods to finish the project. Still, there is a risk of loss.

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How the construction industry is changing

The construction industry is gearing up to reduce time. Interest loans, EMIs, are beneficial in this respect. Some construction companies like Larsen & Toubro, Panchshil Realty, Sobha Developers and Lodha Group are using tech to do the work in time. Dry construction, Prefab bathrooms, and composite steel structures are the pillars on which the real estate is standing.

Panschil Towers is a constructing company which is employing dry construction to build homes. This method needs no water, bricks or water. thus it is saving a lot of resources. The interior of the buildings is simple in design. Likewise, Lodhi construction makes homes using precast technology.

How can technology work with the construction industry

A change is coming in the real estate. Now builders are employing new methods and techniques to construct. Homes in Dubai, Japan, China are building upon smart technology. A popular technique that Japan is following is called cement flooring technique. Here fungi is introduced to seal the cracks and this helps to keep the floor safe. Likewise, builders in India are constructing using new technology like no water construction etc.

They believe that dry construction technology has some benefits. It saves water and the construction finishes in less time. Prefab bathrooms take less space, is easy to install and can be integrated faster. Composite steel structures can be built easily. They are stronger than other steel structures.

Precast technology is another feather in the hat. Many constructors are using it to construct the building. One will find gypsum partition walls, automatic jump forms in the flats and apartments.

What beholds the future

Technology and construction are changing the home structure. Builders and constructors are trying to make homes with different technologies. there is a fusion of technology and many people are benefiting from it. However, is India for a change? Many economists and experts in the field of construction are of the opinion that these homes are not suitable for all. The reason is budget. Often workers stop working on the site because there is no one to buy them. Moreover, only a few people can afford them.

This delays the work and later the buyers have to suffer.

A note

We need more infusion between technology and construction industry. A lot of changes are already taking place in wielding and floor making techniques. We are also seeing construction robots doing the work in some countries of Europe. However, what India needs is prior planning. We need to curtail down the prices so that many people can access the facilities. Moreover, the pay of the workers should increase. With meager pay, they will never work efficiently.

May
14

6 Construction Industry Trends to Expect in 2018 You Must Know About!

Why will you regret if you don’t read this blog?

Honestly, you will not until your ceiling takes a leak or the lovely earthquake breaks your wall’s heart.

In addition yes, if you are a civil engineer or a proficient builder. Surely, you don’t want the Law to take a sneak peek into your work.

With great civil expertise comes great responsibility!

As an engineer myself, I would hardly imagine my constructions fading. My buildings are my babies.

So, you will surely want your architecture to standalone. But, how can you?

I have just the post for you- the 6 trends that are revolutionizing the construction industry.

All construction companies are loving the trends (And, you should too!). Why?

Simply because every single one of them is reinforcing a personality and beauty. And with the correct information, you can incorporate those too.

As a matter of fact, the trends are raging over the world. By and large, amazing constructions are coming up defying the next level.

To emphasize, you can easily make use of them. All you need to do is stick with me.

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When Fiber Met Cement…

I would rather say it is the new Romeo and Juliet of the construction industry. The strength factor is off the charts.

And why wouldn’t it be? The tensile strength of fiber materials adjoined with cement particles. The resulting offspring- a powerful cementing agent, strong enough to resist a high magnitude earthquake.

I was a bit skeptical about it before. This is due to its cost. Now, you will surely want to curb expenses as much as you can. Fiber cement is not something that weighs light on your pocket.

On the contrary, it slashed considerable low prices ranges across the North American, Eastern Europe, and South Asian cities.

This was until Cembrit Holding started using Fiber cement for construction. Most of their construction was based on fiber cement quality indices.

Nonetheless, it got way ahead. Following the success, Etox Group, CSR, Toray, etc. everyone fell for its durability and tensile strength.

Don’t just fall in love with it yet. There is more to come.

A Modular and Prefabricated 2018

The term ‘well-furnished’ has changed in inexplicable ways over the years. And there is only one reason behind it.

According to a recent survey, 99% of the American population demand a modular household.

The modular household is in trend together with smart homes. There is a minute difference between the two.

Modular homes amplify the ambiance while smart homes incorporate some of the cutting-edge technologies.

We cannot ignore the amazing response and popularity. When modularity became a hot topic, people demanded luxury in a cost-effective way.

The solution came as refabrication.  Now, what is that?

It is indeed one of the best ways to be energy and cost efficient. The primary idea is to use recyclable technologies which do not cost much.

Basically, both these terms have given 2018 a head start. Various construction companies are making use of futuristic means for buildings.

So, where are you in the scenario? I am sure you wouldn’t miss this in the world.

The Prices are Soaring!

Did you expect everything positive? When I mentioned trends that changed, surely, negative aspect does play a role.

And among all reasons, material prices are pulling down the progress. The most compelling evidence is Great Inflation.

No, the term is surely not made-up. The overall material prices are rising. So, we have things breaking bounds of constancy.

You cannot expert prices to curb, at least not in 10 years or so. This is affecting the construction industry in an adverse way.

The demand for skilled workers is continuously growing. Maximum work has to be extracted in the least prices. You do not have a charity open, do you?

This causes a shortage of skilled workers even more. All we can hope is the consecutive years deal with the soaring prices.

Your Safety Guaranteed

There are many companies who work for ensuring a worker’s safety. Good quality safety outfits, strong ropes, and levers, best medical facilities, etc. are some of the things construction site owners look for.

By and large, ensuring worker safety is a now a foremost priority. Superman, after all, exists in comics.

However, the fact remains that safety is a necessity. I have seen several safety classes and workshops organized in many Asian countries for construction site workers.

Sustainability

Construct by gazing the future!

No one constructs a building with an intention of re-building or repairing it. Things need to stay healthy for long.

Due to this, even Government bodies are urging or adopting sustainable techniques. The most important aspect is the green building concept.

Organics play a very important role. Accordingly, safer and environment-friendly techniques are being developed for futuristic constructions.

We need to leave behind something for your children, isn’t it?

Air-borne Planning

I remember architects were still old-school few years back. Before technology stepped in, we had traditional mapping techniques.

I won’t say those were unreliable. However, they were susceptible to mistakes.

Slowly, people adopted the available technology to advance their methods. So, these days, drone mapping is quite a buzz.

What is it?

Several companies employ drones to scale and map a piece of land prior to construction. This helps an architect in understanding the surrounding.

Since the drone was introduced, the face of architecture changed. More and more companies started air-borne mapping. This surely increased the efficiency and the overall productivity. Also, the chances of errors were less.

At the end of the day, all you want is your construction to flourish. I am sure these trends gave you something to look forward to.

But the question is- are you ready?

If yes, I hope to see your building rise to fame in the years to come. If not, let me know in the comments. We will surely work things out, won’t we?

Apr
09

Reinventing Construction Worker’s Workplace To Improve Construction Productivity

Creating a workplace is easy but make it an innovative workplace is tough. Nowadays workers are focusing on creating innovative workplace. The capacity to create an innovative construction is not so easy.  There are many strategies which we need to apply. Workers are implementing new innovative ideas to create a new workplace. The problem is that how to use those strategies. There are many ways to conduct an innovative workplace. Workers are focusing on those innovative ideas.

When you use proper strategies you can remodel construction where the new invention can take place. Here are few secrets to innovate construction workplace. Read the article to have an idea about our workers’ innovative reconstruction.

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Allow Workers To Enjoy Themselves

A relaxed and peaceful worker can create more innovative ways to build a construction. Many companies are including different games to refresh their workers so that they can enjoy their work. You can include any activity to encourage your workers. Social interaction also refreshes their mind. It will increase their monotonous daily routine and they can involve themselves more.

Make innovation the new normal

Before creating anything you need to think of it as an innovative way. Make innovative all the simple and normal things. Use a different strategy which attracts people. So, that everyone can appreciate your work.

Bring people together

Always work together because unity works better than a single mind. Interact with different people, gather outside knowledge and implement it in your work.

Simplify approval processes

ALways apply simple and short innovative ways. You do not need to implement long and time taking ideas. Start with a simple track. If it becomes successful, then apply long promising proposals. Because if you do not get the motivation you can not continue with your work. So, always keep it in mind that simple and easy ways are always good to apply to achieve any goal.

Cut down on the workload

Innovation cannot take place if you load all the work to a particular person. Always distribute the work among your employees. So that everyone can think peacefully and can take the right decision.

Be available

Make sure that you are available to your company. Don’t leave the whole task on your workers. Interact with them, try to know their problems in their comfort zone. Cooperate with your employees. So that they can share their ideas with you.

Cross-pollinate

For more innovative ideas, you can include workers in a new way of job rotation. It ensures that people are from the different background can maximize their innovations.

Reward innovation

It is important to appreciate people who work for your organization. Because it motivates them. So they can improve themselves more. Other workers also get inspired by them. And they also increase their creativity.

Invention comes when you accept new changes and apply new ideas. Reinventing construction workers’ workplace is also need improvement. If you are an owner of an organization you need to interact with your workers. Accept their ideas and implement them. Because innovation will take place if you think in an innovative way.

Apr
06

How Robotic Science Are Transforming The Construction Industry

The construction industry has every growing rapidly regarding technology. The $10 trillion figure indicates the importance of construction industries globally. There is a huge flow of money in this industry, but most of the time the money goes to waste.

With big money, comes big failures too. The construction industry faces a drastic shortage of workers, poor growth in productivity as well as the poor returns on investment.
The productivity in the Construction industry has remained bleak for multiple causes. One of the major reasons is the reluctance of incorporating the latest technology into the work. The total output of the workers has remained similar for many years which reflects poor economic growth.

Figures point to the fact that since 1945, the productivity levels in other industries such as agriculture and manufacturing have risen over 1500%. Whereas, when it comes to Construction, the growth level has improved only slightly.

All of these circumstances suggest the urgent need of Robotics to enter into the Construction Industry. The inclusion of robots will massively increase the output and profits.

Robots Filling Up the Gap of New Workers

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Today, the lack of implemented technology in the Construction Industry is closing in at a rapid rate. This is not just because robots are in line to get help but also because the humans are not delivering as per requirement.

With the growing use of Technology, the numbers of the vacancy in construction jobs are also increasing. According to a figure from early 2017, there were almost 200,000 construction jobs that need to be filled across all the regions in the United States.

In a multi-trillion dollar industry like Construction, a slight rise in efficiency can result in saving millions of dollars. The need for Robots in the constructions has become a necessity rather than a requirement. Around 98% of the constructions projects exceed the allocated budget. Hence the time has arrived to make the right use of technology in this industry.

Call of Duty for Robots

Every day more builders in America are shifting towards manufacturing. Buildings and residential homes are now being constructed in the factories with the help of Robots.
In countries like Sweden and Japan, factory developed homes are very common and a popular theme. About 40% of homes which are built with prefabrication. On the other hand, only 16% of residential houses that are built using this process in Japan.

The use of Robots in constructions industry keeps expanding. The work of Masonry is performed by Robots. Also, a New York startup named Construction Robotics have invented a bricklaying robot which is named SAM100. It is already being used by many contractors across different regions of the United States.
These robots come with features which not only saves time but also increases the efficiency of output and helping in saving money. SAM100 can lay about 2,000 bricks per day, wheres a the average output of human ranges around 400-450 bricks per day.

Opportunity for Investors to Take Advantage of the Situation

Use of robots in the Construction industry is still relatively new. This also presents a great opportunity for top companies in the industry to leapfrog competitors by implementing advanced technology. Investments in robots are already on the rise, and many companies are actively contributing to research and development of better and more efficient ones. The main objective is to enhance the level of productivity of the construction industry.

The bigger challenge in front of the tech industries is to figure out a way by which they can have an enormous effect in the slow rising sectors of the economy.

However, there are major roadblocks in the path of improving the productivity in industries like Construction. As things stand, there is a large number of restrictions of land usage in the urban areas which is a road bump.
Even though there are obstacles, this is just the beginning of something progressive. On the long-term view, the use of robots in construction projects will improve the figures of productivity in the Construction Industry.