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Building and Construction Trends to Look for in 2016

This past year, it seemed everyone was buzzing about tiny houses. They were the focus of countless blog posts and news articles. HGTV even created an entire show about tiny homes! But the year has wrapped, and it only seems right that another building trend should take the spotlight. While it can be difficult to predict exactly what the hot building topic will be in 2016, we’ve listed a few trends that we would like to see take the spotlight in the coming year.  

Wood Skyscrapers – Wood might not be the first product to come to mind when you think of a towering skyscraper, but the possibility of “woodscrapers” seems to be plausible in the near future. This past year, architect Michael Green proposed architectural plans to build what would be the tallest wood building in the world. Along with his architecture firm, Green created the Wood Innovation and Design Center, a facility conceived to showcase the potential for building mid-rise and high-rise structures using engineered mass timber products.

Energy Plus Buildings – You may be familiar with zero energy buildings also referred to as “net zero buildings”. These buildings yield zero net energy consumption, meaning the building uses the same amount of energy that it produces annually. Energy plus buildings however produce more energy from renewable sources than they consume. The first energy plus building, built in 1994, is “perfectly aligned with sunrays for energy use and gain.” By using low energy building techniques and sustainable design, 2016 could be the year that more buildings will qualify as energy plus, not just net zero.

Drones on Construction Sites – Drones were a popular consumer product in 2015, but they also have significant value in commercial industries, particularly on construction job sites. Taking the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt this month, Germany-based startup FairFleet announced their plans to connect drone pilots with construction and real estate companies. The aerial footage can be used for both safety measures and marketing tools for construction companies, architecture firms, and real estate agencies.

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