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5 Technologies That Will Alter the Future of Housebuilding

These days, technology is exploding, and at a rate that builders are hard-pressed to match. According to John Ellis, former Motorola and Ford Motor Co. executive, there are five new technologies that the building industry should pay special attention to.

While some are not directly related to homebuilding, they are important for builders to master.

  1. 3D Printing

This technology has made rapid progress. The first 3D printed car that was also commercially viable appeared in November 2015 and is now available for purchase. At the beginning of 2016 a completely 3D printed home appeared. 3D printing looks set to improve, and before long it will be possible to print practically anything. Mr Ellis said he expected to see every home with a dedicated room used to print 3D cups, plates, cutlery, and other household necessities. Builders in China have even created a complete house using a 3D printer.

  1. Wireless Power

Wireless power will banish cords and outlets and allow all powered devices to operate continuously. When necessary, their batteries can be charged via wireless. Once a commercially viable service appears, it will make a far-reaching impact on the way that homes are built in the future.

  1. Nano-Particle Paint

Nano-particle paint will revolutionise building and design by making colour-changing surfaces, hardened surfaces, and self-cleaning surfaces possible. The result will be a home that is never dirty, is resistant to destructive forces like mold and mildew, and can change colours to suit the owner’s preference.

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  1. Autonomous Cars

While not directly related to tools and materials that homebuilders use, autonomous cars will still change the build experience. People will regard these cars as utilities instead of items to own, replacing the idea of ownership with services on demand. At that point, garages, driveways, and even streets may become obsolete as the world becomes fully autonomous.

  1. Drones

This is another technology that will have an impact on future homes despite its being unrelated to homebuilding. When drone ownership becomes mainstream, people will send their drones to the local shops to pick up and bring back products that they bought online. Future homes may even have drone pads similar to helipads today.

Home building construction sites in 2025 will likely include several more ‘technicians’ dedicated to calibrating nano-paint or fine-tuning the wireless power. As far as tools are concerned, 3D printers will definitely be a presence to create any needed parts or tools in real time. Mr Ellis also said he anticipated a lot of computer equipment set up in a special location used to manage the building, configure the various products, sensors, and instruments, and use ongoing testing mechanisms to verify that the home is always doing what it is supposed to do.


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