Step-by-Step Towards a 3D Printed Future for ConstructionMarch 7th, 2019
The Smart Building ‘Future Proofing’ OpportunityJanuary 23rd, 2019
Turning Entire Cities into Batteries with Energy Storing Cement
Instead of adding batteries to buildings in order to turn them into virtual power plants, what if we could use the building itself to store electricity? That is the thinking behind research at the University of Lancaster in the UK that has come up with a “smart cement” that is able to cost effectively store […]
Would you Live in a Smart Home Built by Amazon, Apple or Google?
Through product development and acquisition retail colossus Amazon now provides consumers with almost every element of the smart home, aside from the bricks and mortar itself. This situation led customer experience futurist, keynote speaker and author, Blake Morgan to ask, “would it make sense that Amazon take it to the next level and simply start […]
BIM is Creating a Structure of Innovation to Drive Construction into the Digital Era
“Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the both the leading edge and the foundation of construction innovation”, says Ivanka Iordanova, Director of Pomerleau BIM-VDC. In an industry that has typically struggled to keep up with digitization trends and productivity targets, recent years have seen BIM become the construction sector’s shining light of innovation. Now 2018 seems […]
Using Generative Design, Buildings can Mimic the World’s Greatest Designer – Mother Nature
There are few better designers in this world than Mother Nature herself. Not short on time, Nature’s evolutionary approach to design weeds out weaknesses and promotes strengths over millions and even billions of years in order to create masterpieces that seem perfectly suited for their environments. From lichen, to dragonflies, to humans, each successful life […]
We Can Now 3D Print Buildings, So Why Don’t We?
With the bold slogan ‘We Print Buildings’ San Francisco-based 3D-printing startup, Apis Cor, printed a house in just 24hrs. Using a 3D-printer, which resembles a small crane, they set a program in motion that created concrete walls, layer upon layer, until the shell of a house rose. After that, insulation, windows, appliances and a roof […]
Futureproofing Buildings Requires Consideration Of The Only Constant – Humans
The office is a rapidly evolving space. Technology is simultaneously being introduced, replaced and rejected in this dynamic environment trying to find its best form. An office may host a wide variety of different organizations, departments and people at any one time and over the course of its lifetime, each with different characteristics and objectives. […]
Building Smart Buildings Smartly – The New Technology of Construction
The construction industry is not known for its willingness to implement new technology but even it can’t ignore the wave of new technology flowing around it. As the abilities of artificial intelligence, drones, augmented reality, 3D printing and other new technologies continue to grow; it looks increasingly like construction is ready to open up to […]
Is Russia a Sleeping Smart Building Giant That’s About To Wake Up?
With almost 150 million people, the world’s 12th largest economy, and just handful of smart buildings, Russia represents a sleeping giant in the smart technology sector. The country’s economy has also taken an upward turn recently, after years of relative stagnation. Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin upgraded his growth forecast to 2% for 2017. “We […]