Over the past few years, concrete construction is becoming a huge trend especially with today’s focus on sustainable design. Concrete is stronger, more resilient, and offers more options for homes and building owners than more traditional building methods.
As technologies continue to improve, there’s been an explosion of growth in the concrete construction industry, with many new trends and innovations emerging. Take a look at these five hot trends to see the direction that construction is now heading.
Offsite construction isn’t anything new, but the trend within the concrete construction industry is beginning to grow. Concrete structures are so durable, it’s possible to pour and begin construction offsite in a controlled environment, eliminating weather delays and other unforeseen site-based circumstances.
Once the majority of the structure has been erected, it’s transported to the site where the rest of the construction is carried out. This type of onsite/offsite construction can reduce costs and delays, resulting in better quality construction in less time and for less money.
In a world of rising energy bills, more home and business owners are beginning to think about the efficiency of their home and building from the ground up. This means using construction techniques that can help keep costs down, while also resulting in a more comfortable, healthier building at the same time.
Insulated concrete forms, like those from Bautex Systems, offer unparalleled efficiency, comfort, and durability for concrete homes and buildings. ICF is an easy to build with material that also sound proofs the building, while helping to stop energy loss. The forms can be easily worked into any architectural style, which means versatility as well as durability and efficiency. At the end of the day, ICF homes offer many attributes that homeowners cannot pass by.
National disasters such as hurricanes have laid waste to too many areas in the last several years. As home and business owners rebuild, they want to do so in a way that ensures that they won’t have to risk the same kind of devastation in the future. This means utilizing all types of resilient construction on foundations, walls, and outbuildings.
Concrete, including ICF and LBW systems is considered a form of resilient construction. This means that houses and buildings constructed of concrete are less likely to sustain the kind of damage that traditional stick building dwellings have sustained in recent disasters. Resilient construction may include using rebar embedded in concrete, utilizing ICF forms for the bulk of the walls of the home, or using a combination of these techniques with LBW systems to create a more stable building.
3D Concrete Printing
3D printing has been a reality for several years, with more people investing in equipment that can turn out perfectly detailed accent pieces and moldings that might otherwise take days or weeks to produce in just minutes.
Until recently, though 3D printing was confined largely to various types of plastic, and while many of these plastics could then be painted and finished, they were merely available as decorative options only. That’s all changed for the construction industry, though, with the recent invention of 3D concrete printing. This type of printing is able to recreate sculptures, architectural moldings, and other forms using concrete. The result is a stable, durable form that can be used throughout architecture or design. This opens up countless possibilities for builders and homeowners alike, with the ability to produce a wide range of corbels, columns, accents, and other forms that may have previously been too expensive or time consuming to produce.
Load Bearing Wall Systems
For high-rise construction, things are taking off at an impressive rate with new load bearing wall systems (LBW). In this method of construction, walls and slabs are poured at the same time, which results in faster construction as well as greater strength for the building.
Each form can be constructed in just 24 hours, which means that even the tallest buildings can go up at a pace never before seen in the construction industry. And for low-rise buildings, other load bearing techniques such as aerated autoclaved concrete blocks allow for fast, durable construction that results in better performance and lower costs for builders.
Keep Up with Today’s Trends
The concrete house construction industry is growing at lightning speed. As more people realize that concrete can be not only durable and more cost effective and quick to build with, but also in some cases better at insulating and soundproofing the building, more builders and homeowners are beginning to opt for concrete forms, walls, and other systems.
With new innovations coming to market all the time, concrete building is quickly becoming the way of the future for the entire industry. Make use of these emerging trends in your buildings to keep up with this fast growing industry.