For many years, the fundamentals of construction have remained the same, using the same materials, using the same methods passed down from its early years.
This is why construction as a whole has been criticized for its slow innovation, sticking to a headstrong approach in building structures without warming up to new tech and improved practices. It is viewed as inefficient, with very little regard to research, basically a dinosaur in a modern, tech-loving world.
But recently, we’ve seen the rise of innovative construction practices. This can be a sign that the times are changing in the industry, with the newly-available tech and modern construction practices could bring real change and will benefit everyone, from contractors to the clients.
Off-site manufacturing and prefab have been mostly received negatively by contractors before, are now seeing positive reviews. The use of Building Information Modeling, various construction software solutions, and collaborative working practices are transforming how job sites operate.
To learn more about why this is happening, let us look at various smart construction project methods and how they can improve the attainment of project timelines. To manage projects in record time, Procore shows how integrated project delivery systems optimize resources across departments within a committed budget.
Smart Construction Project Delivery Methods.
The rise of low-energy building design
At present, we can see sustainable construction heavily advocated in the global construction and manufacturing industry.
This is not just a one-off development, we can see energy-efficient designs for buildings and large-scale projects, which inadvertently reveal the industry’s slow embrace of innovative building practices. The ideal scenario would be to see it adopted on a global scale, making it the industry standard in building design and construction. It’s quite optimistic, maybe, but with more and more construction companies and clients opening up to it, it is a possibility.
To start, sustainable construction technology is really about remaining beneficial long after the construction project has concluded. It typically includes mechanisms that aim to significantly reduce the energy consumption of the building. The perfect example of this is using wood in the construction of buildings. With a lower footprint than using steel or concrete, wood is the ideal material for construction projects. Sustainable design also plays a big role in such buildings.
One example is a construction design that aims to cut back air leakage or a design that allows free flow of air while keeping high-performance insulation all throughout the building.
With these methods in place, the building’s overall dependence on air conditioning and heating can be reduced, thus reducing energy bills, as well as the energy spent (which, in most cases, can have a negative impact on the environment).
So, how can this improve construction project timelines? For one, these sustainable construction management puts a premium on design in order to reduce energy construction. This means being able to do away with complicated HVAC systems, which would also take a good amount of time to install in every part of the building.
Maintenance can also be time and resource-consuming, which, in the long run, adds up to increased savings for building owners.
Biodegradable construction materials
Another way to improve timelines using smart construction methods is through the use of biodegradable materials in building projects.
This promotes sustainability in construction that ensures no further harm is done to the environment during a construction project lifecycle. The building will have a smaller footprint compared to those traditionally built. Compared to sustainability construction, traditional construction methods produce a lot of waste products, and even when disposed of properly, it would take centuries to fully degrade them. It wouldn’t be a problem if you can reuse them, but it’s not feasible for long-term reuse.
The best thing to do is to use biodegradable materials, which, even when discarded, will naturally degrade and won’t release toxins that can be detrimental to plant and animal life. For example, using organic paints instead of the regular ones limit the negative environmental impacts, as they are easily broken down and won’t release toxins in the process. There are a lot of biodegradable alternatives to various building materials for foundations, walls, and insulators. How can this improve the project delivery timeline? Well, if you use materials which won’t harm the environment, you won’t spend more time, energy, and money in their disposal once they’re used.
Toxic materials, as we all know, need to be disposed of properly, encased in containers that are leak and fireproof. Knowing that the materials used in the construction will degrade in a shorter time than usual allows for quicker, less resource-intensive disposal.
Green insulation with recycled materials
Insulating a structure, whether it’s a small home or a large building, can be pretty expensive. It’s a necessary expense, especially for areas with extreme temperatures. What many don’t know is that insulating a structure doesn’t have to be costly—insulators can be made from inexpensive materials instead of the special foam insulation.
This is exactly what green insulation brings to the table: a cost-effective alternative to traditional construction materials or practices. Green insulation makes use of old and used materials such as denim and newspaper; recycled material lines up the walls.
Materials like old denim and newspaper are quite abundant, sourcing them won’t be a problem. Lining your walls up with them won’t require special skills or certifications, so you can have any of your staff working on them, rather than looking for someone certified to do so.
How does this improve the project delivery timeline? Well, if you consider the significant savings from using recycled materials, sustainability contractors have the opportunity to augment other processes. Instead of hiring just one or two people working on insulation, you can have a small crew working day and night to complete the task faster. You can even add more people to work on other aspects of the build, which can speed up project completion.