The construction industry is continuously evolving. With the dwindling of the planet’s resources, designers around the globe are in a rush to develop and discover new methods and materials to shape the building environment of the future. The current array of innovative construction materials is so amazing, ranging from high-tech recycled materials to materials that can reduce human carbon footprint.
If you’re engaged in real estate College Station TX, how will you encourage clients to buy homes made of futuristic building materials? Certainly you’ll be talking about the big difference it makes to live in a home built using innovative materials. Initially, however, you need to know basic information about these modern materials that are replacing traditional bricks and mortar of the old days.
Here’s a look at some of the latest and promising new building materials.
• Self-Healing Concrete: While tiny cracks in concrete have no immediate effect on the integrity of a structure, they can cause problems in the long run. Self-healing concrete provides a lasting solution by adding optic fibres and fine concrete in the mix. Once the water seeps into the crack, it activates the dormant bacteria embedded in the concrete. The bacteria eat up the mix and multiply while producing limestone, a chalky substance that seals the cracks permanently.
• Biomimicry: The Dome at Greenwich, London is an inspiration. The building is already using biomimicry technology; the “lotus effect” comes into play whenever water drops on the dome’s surface. Like a lotus leaf, the microscopic surface contours to allow water to roll down and take dirt down with it.
• Aerogel: This transparent material containing 99.98% air is the lightest solid in the world. Aerogel has very low thermal conductivity making it an ideal insulator for homes. Notwithstanding its eerie “solid smoke” form, this unique microstructure is foreseen as the future material for see-through walls or windows without losing heat. Despite its porosity, Aerogel is structurally strong, pliable and fire resistant.
• Electrochromic Glass: It’s hard to imagine operating blinds or curtains by just flicking a switch. That is a not too distant possibility with the invention of electrochromic glass. When installed, the layers of specially formulated metals and plastics can be electrically controlled to change their optical properties (become transparent or opaque). It can also efficiently reflect infrared light, reducing indoor overheating and lowering the need for air conditioning.
• Wallpaper Phone Charger: Your wall can be covered with this special type of wallpaper that transforms inaudible energy using electronic sound transmitters and wireless device into usable energy. With the device, the energy can be tapped and used to charge other gadgets within the area of coverage.
The choice of building materials for home generally considers aesthetic appeal, function and cost, among others. As new building materials continue to advance, they get better as features like sustainability and impact on the environment are factored in. For as long as real estate can meet up to the quest of the market for the best, durable, and most efficient homes these materials may well make up most of new homes to be constructed in the future.