New Trends in Home and Commercial Construction
The construction industry doesn’t seem like an area where innovations are constantly being made. However, you’d be surprised at the different ways that relatively small changes can make a big difference when it comes to building residential homes to large commercial buildings. Here are a few ways that construction is changing for the better:
With the widespread availability of LED lighting, the usability and safety of a home, workplace and also the area while it is under construction has made a big leap for the better. LED lights are smaller, so they can fit it many more places, making areas which may not have been easily lit previously, much safer. In addition, LED’s require less power to run and therefore are more cost effective but also easier to maintain. LED’s also last longer, cutting down on future maintenance. This type of lighting is perfect for both construction lighting, but also for installation as everyday lighting in the home and business.
Eco-friendliness is one area which has made great advancements, both for construction and in design. Construction materials made from recycled and salvaged items has vastly grown in popularity. Non-toxic materials are also being incorporated into designs where toxic materials were previously used, even in insulation, roofing, windows, paints, flooring and carpeting. Where design is concerned, architects are taking a longer look at the use of space and how traffic and work flow can be improved. You may have seen the recent trend in tiny houses. Tiny homes are one popular trend which focuses on function over style. With better use of space, both homes and businesses can be more eco-friendly and also save money.
Innovations have been made in many areas that affect safety of construction workers during the building process and also for people who will work in or inhabit the home or building. On the construction site, new communications methods have been invented thanks to cellular and wireless or wi-fi connections. Workers no longer need to rely solely on radio communications. In addition, there have been breakthroughs in safety clothing and accessories. For example, safety vests are now available which include higher visibility features like iridescent striping or even LED lighting which is sewn or attached right onto the vest. Protection of eyes, ears and breathing has also made a leap forward, with newer options available for respiration, air cleaning, work glasses and loud sound protection.