The art and craftsmanship of what we do is rooted in our history and experience, both as a company and as an industry. We know that the designs, the technology, the processes and the products that we depend on today, are all thanks to thousands of years of evolution. That is why we are grateful to the pioneers, the architects, the scientists, those who champion the space of home building and in honour of them, we only intend to improve as we look to the future.
We spend a lot of time on the Australian Heritage Homes blog discussing what makes up our past and our current work, but we don’t spend a lot of time discussing the trends that are emerging as we look towards the future. The name of the game? Technology. Today’s post focuses on the top ones being profiled at conferences around the country.
Home Building with 3D Printers
First up is 3D printing. 3D printing has applications on dozens of different industries. They range from product and textile to hospitality and mechanical. But what we’re the most excited about is the leaps and bounds that it’s been the catalyst for when it comes to custom home building. Back in November 2015, the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, USA debuted the first car that was 3D commercially viable 3D printed. It wasn’t long before architects and custom home builders jumped on board. In fact, the Oak Ridge National Laboratories created the first fully 3D printed home in the first quarter of 2016 that was actually suitable for the full living experience. As we look towards the future, the sky is the limit. We’re looking at expansion into 3D printing of everything, including all of the interior design furnishings for homes around the globe.
How great would a world be with no more cords? We have to imagine that it would be nice to not have to worry about bringing your charger for your cord everywhere that you go. In things continue the way that they do, that could be your new reality. The number of new battery types, be it solar or otherwise, are flooding the market. Companies are racing to be at the forefront of this innovation, and when they get there, it will completely change the way that homes are designed and built.
We probably give the paint on our home one glance and then forget about it. It’s certainly not something that we think is going to change the game when it comes to the future of architecture. But research is showing that it might be worth giving it a second look. Here’s where the chemists come in. Chemists are working on innovations like nano-particle paint, which can help create self-cleaning and colour-changing surfaces. Benefits would include no mould, no mildew and no dirt. Bonus – did we mention you’d be able to change the colour of your home?
This is just the beginning and we’re very excited to see what comes next. Stay tuned for more details on the future of home building.