The construction of custom homes is a unique opportunity for homeowners to create a home, a space that reflects their lifestyles and personal needs.
Of course, beyond aesthetics and performance, sustainability is also a key factor in custom home building. The materials and technologies used in construction can have a significant impact on a home’s energy efficiency, water management and carbon footprint. For this reason, it is essential to choose them carefully, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
Today, at Constructora Viñas, a specialist in luxury home construction, we have decided to tell you everything you need to know about the materials and technologies used in the construction of custom homes and how they can contribute to a more sustainable future.
3 Materials used in custom home construction
To achieve an optimal result and meet the specific needs of homeowners, some of the most innovative materials include:
- Translucent cement: a type of building material that combines the strength and durability of cement with the ability to transmit light. It is composed of cement, sand and additives that allow light transmission, but at the same time block UV rays and protect against weathering. This material is mainly used in the construction of translucent walls and roofs, and can be a sustainable alternative to traditional glass, as it is stronger and more insulating. In addition, by allowing natural light in, translucent concrete helps reduce the need for artificial lighting, which has a positive impact on the environment and energy costs.
- Self-repairing concrete: a type of building material that combines special techniques to repair itself in the event of damage, it is composed of a mixture of cement, water, sand and special additives, such as polymer particles or micro-organisms, which allow it to ‘heal’ and repair small cracks or crevices in its surface. Self-repairing concrete has become increasingly popular in infrastructure construction, such as bridges, dams and airports, because of its ability to extend the life of structures and reduce the cost and time of maintenance. It is also being used in customized housing construction to increase durability and resistance to damage.
- Aerogel: is a solid material with a porous structure that gives it a low density and high thermal and acoustic insulation capacity. In construction, aerogel is used as thermal and acoustic insulation in roofs, walls and windows to improve the energy efficiency of customized housing. Aerogel is a sustainable and resource-efficient material as it offers excellent insulation capacity with a minimum amount of material. It is also resistant to moisture and damage, making it ideal for use in custom home construction.
In addition to these materials, various technologies are also used to ensure comfortable, efficient and sustainable housing. Let’s take a look at them!
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4 Innovative techniques used in custom home construction
Some of the most commonly used techniques and technologies in custom home construction include:
- BIM: is the acronym for Building Information Modeling. It is a digital process used in the construction industry to create, manage and share information about a building project. With BIM, a 3D digital model of the project can be devised, including detailed information about materials, structure, systems and other important aspects. BIM also helps to identify potential problems before construction, which can save time and money.
- Augmented Reality (AR): this technology allows users to visualise virtual information about real objects in real time. In construction, AR is used to improve the planning and design of construction projects. It also allows professionals to see what the final project will look like before construction begins, identifying errors and solving problems before they occur in actual construction.
- Internet of Things (IoT): is a technology that connects objects and devices to the internet, allowing them to transmit and receive data. In construction, IoT is used to improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of projects. It enables construction professionals to monitor the performance of systems and equipment in a building in real time, allowing them to identify problems and resolve them before they become serious. It is also used to monitor energy efficiency and improve workplace safety.
- Prefabrication: In construction, this refers to the fabrication of building elements and structures off-site and their subsequent assembly on site. This technique allows for greater efficiency in construction, as simultaneous work can be carried out in different areas, construction time is reduced and the quality of the manufactured elements is improved.
Innovative materials and technologies for a more sustainable future
In conclusion, the adoption of innovative materials and technologies is key to building a more sustainable future. These developments can improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and conserve natural resources. It is essential that we continue to invest in research and development in this area to ensure a more environmentally friendly future and guarantee a sustainable quality of life for generations to come. By choosing innovative materials and technologies, we are taking an important step towards a more sustainable future for all.