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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.