8 Revolutionary Construction Technologies We Bet You Haven’t Heard About — Finlace Blog (Real Estate Consultant)

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Technology has always shown way for human development and progression. Various industries make use of different technologies, so as to provide innovative solutions that become cost effective while also being efficient at the same time. In construction world, technology plays a major role. In this blog post, we explore futuristic technologies that have the power to revolutionize construction industry and take real estate works to the next level. From self healing concrete to transparent aluminum and from construction robots to using carbon dioxide as future building material you will get acquainted with major research and developments in this segment.

1). Carbon Nanotubes Can Revolutionize Construction Industry

Carbon Nanotubes are also known as CNTs and are allotrope of carbon. They are known for having the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all materials on this earth. If you find this amazing we have another fact to tell you about Carbon nanotubes- They can be stretched a million times longer as compared to their thickness! Imagine what such material could bring to construction industry. CNTs are both light and strong at the same time. Moreover, they can easily be embedded into different building materials like concrete, glass, wood and metals, giving all such materials more density as well as tensile strength. Experiments are underway to embed sensors with CNTs to detect potential fractures and cracks before they occur!

2). Transparent Aluminum — Ready to Replace Glass in Future

Sounding just like a Star Trek movie object, transparent aluminum aka ALON is as a matter of fact used by military. Chemical engineers and scientists are working to combine the metal toughness with crystal clarity of glass, something that can be used in construction industry. This could be a significantly improvised construction material especially in case of tall buildings which with the use of transparent aluminum will look aesthetic while being robust at the same time.

3). Surface that Reacts to Temperature!

There are already temperature reactive surfaces being used at present in different industries. Thermochromic dye is the actual science behind invention of surfaces that change color with temperatures. The advanced use of such surfaces can be incorporated into floor, wall tiles, home décor and furniture. The possibilities are endless and thus it creates a way to break the monotony of any interior plan.

4). Construction robots inspired by termites

The concept of swarming robots or construction robots is inspired by termites who are known to be one of the best architects in nature. Self-organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard is presently conducting research and development of such robots that could bring the next era of construction technology, requiring lesser effort in development of any infrastructure. This is also called collective construction with robot swarms.

5). Possibilities of 3D Printing in Construction Industry

3-D printing is something that has been talk of the town across various industry verticals. From healthcare to construction, it finds many applications. At present, in mainstream the technology is being used to develop toys, jewelry, machine parts and artificial limbs. 3-D printing is also being employed in construction industry where experimentalists have worked on 3-D printed houses. Chinese manufacturers have worked on construction technologies that involve 3-D printers. The future possibilities are endless seeing the ongoing trends.

6). Aerogel — Carbon Sponge with Super Insulating Properties

You might have heard about the famous marble statue of David made by Michelangelo. The weight of that statue in Florence is about 5500 kgs. Now, just imagine if Michelangelo would have used aerogel in place of marble then the same statue would have weighted just 2 kilograms! Aerogel easily wins the title of being one of the least dense substances present on this earth. The substance is known for displaying super insulating properties which are useful for construction industry. At present, the cost of production for aerogel is high. As soon as scientists will be able to devise a method for its cheaper production, the same will find wide application in building technologies.

7). Carbon Dioxide as Futuristic Building Material!

Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are presently conducting experiments in order to use carbon dioxide as a futuristic building material. The inspiration behind ongoing experiments has been derived from nature where abalone, a crustacean can transform ocean-produced carbon dioxide into calcium carbonate. The shells that are thus formed are quite hard in structure. If scientists formulate a mechanism to transform carbon dioxide just like abalone it would lead to all new construction material.

8). Self Healing Concrete — Fix Its Own Cracks!

Just imagine a road or wall that heals on itself without requiring any repairs at all. That sure sounds like magic for now but scientists worldwide are working on self healing concrete which once invented could save a whole lot of money for construction industry. Any concrete when subjected to weather changes like hot and cold weather loses its basic structure and develop cracks. So they need repairs time and again and sometimes even renovation is required. As per self healing concrete technology embeds self-activating bacteria are embedded into concrete. Now that is something we call a triple benefit!

Originally published at finlace.com on November 28, 2015.

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