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Residential Construction and New Technologies: What You Need to Know

Posted by Ron Neal on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at 9:42am.

New Advancements in Technology and Residential ConstructionThe world of residential construction is changing by the day. In recent years, a variety of new residential construction materials have become popular options for innovative homeowners. These materials improve the energy efficiency and functionality of the home. If you're a homeowner who would like your new construction home to be made from modern technology, here are the types of materials that you should be using.

Self-Healing Concrete

Concrete tends to crack when it's placed under stress. Sometimes this happens because of stress from heat and weathering from the natural environment. Other times, this occurs because a home's foundation is placed under stress by the weight of the house and movement of the soil. Either way, concrete needs regular repair in order to maintain its structural integrity.

Self-healing concrete could be the solution. This product contains water-activated bacteria that produces calcite whenever it becomes wet. If the concrete is cracked, water seeps into the crack and begins the healing process. The concrete mends itself every time it gets wet.

Transparent Aluminum

This see-through metal is nearly as strong as steel and is basically bullet-proof. Transparent aluminum is advanced technology that could permanently alter the appearance (and construction of) homes of all kinds. Just imagine building your home from a material as strong as metal but as clear as glass. Transparent aluminum has the ability to permanently change the appearance of homes.

Smart Bricks

Imagine a modular brick made from extra strong concrete. Smart bricks are easy to connect, quick to assemble and can include space for elements of the home like electricity, plumbing and insulation.

Interlocking Bamboo

In recent years, bamboo has become a common replacement material for hardwood flooring. Now interlocking bamboo can be used elsehwere, as a standard building material. Interlocking bamboo is a sustainable modular construction material because it's a fast-growing plant that can resemble hardwood in appearance and strength. Bamboo is also flexible, so it's an excellent material to be used in parts of the country where earthquakes are common.

3D Printed Houses

You've heard about 3D printing. You probably already knew that 3D printers can be used to create small objects like replacement mechanical parts, but did you know that 3D printers could be used to create entire buildings? Construction outfits can use 3Dprinters to build homes, bridges and even commercial construction projects.

3D printed houses set layers of concrete into a complete 3D form. These printing technologies aren't just reliable, they're also fast. In fact, the world may soon start to see more 3D printers used to create homes for disaster victims who need quick housing following events like hurricanes and wildfires.

Contact Your Contractor

If you're a city of Victoria home buyer who would like your new construction home to be made from the best materials, talk to a contractor who has worked with some of these new technologies. Your contractor can help you decide which technologies and which modern materials are best for your home.

It's also important to work with a real estate professional. Your real estate agent can help you pick a lot where modern building materials will be easy to access, easy to use and will help improve the value of your home.


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