Nearly half of the custom homes built in the United States contain improper HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) designs and equipment, according to multiple studies by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Mortenson Construction, www.mortenson.com, Minneapolis, Minn., has developed an AR (augmented reality) mobile app to help the University of Washington, www.washington.edu, Seattle, Wash., community “see” the future CSE2 computer science building well before its doors open to students in January of 2019.
VR (virtual reality) is a technology that is being used in many fields. Construction is one where the possibilities of VR are still often untapped. Some sister industries are using VR in ways that are making construction take notice.
UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), commonly known as drones, have a great deal of potential to be explored for commercial applications. Major industries, government agencies, and other organizations are all actively assessing the opportunity for drones to disrupt the market and create innovative business models.
High-precision positioning information is increasingly used in fields such as agriculture, construction, and disaster prevention. Demand for such information is expanding worldwide for both land-based and maritime applications.
As automation continues to advance and become more affordable, innovations are needed to meet growing demands and allow buyers to stay connected to their homes.
As the demand for new residential construction continues, more builders are turning to panelization, the prefabrication of structural building components in a factory instead of the jobsite.
Software solutions for the jobsite are starting to be tailored to the construction company more and more.
Green building is becoming more prevalent in the construction world. Green home building is also finding its footing in the market.