Resilience in Construction: A Few Key Takeaways

By Bob Gorman posted 06-09-2019 06:52


When it comes right down to building a home, you might want to consider the time it takes to build everything that's needed to keep it standing. In other words, you want the structure to withstand any weather or disaster that nature can throw at it, and some man-made ones too. You should consider all potential environmental factors, as well as the building developers or even engineers and architects that develop resilient and durable new construction technologies.


The world is changing, but our need for resilient shelter remains. So, it's only understandable for people in the construction industry to keep tabs on innovations that could be beneficial in terms of providing protection from the elements.

Sustainable and resilient homes have become a sought-after product in the field, with homebuyers becoming increasingly meticulous when it comes down to materials and methods used in their construction.


Let's take a look at a few key takeaways:


  1. The rise of modular homes


Construction has come a long way and going beyond on-site methods of building homes, prefabricated structures are becoming increasingly popular. Also known as modular homes, these construction options allow the off-site preparation of building materials. The difference to this is that such materials prove to be stronger and more resilient to wear and tear. Not only that, but prefab homes prove to be less costly in terms of logistics and the utilization of labor.


  1. Availability of clean water


Aside from shelter, clean water is also an important human need that should go along with resiliency. As such, builders will have to design homes that enable access to clean water. For this, built-in filtration systems have become so important in ensuring water quality. As homeowners focus more on securing the health of their families, investing in water filtration technology. Sure enough, builders will also need to make use of the right tools for fixing water facilities such as inflatable pipe plugs and tapping machines.


  1. Using earthquake-proof technologies


Earthquakes are no doubt a considerable force to reckon with if you live in an area where they are a threat. But given the effects of devastating tremors, innovation in home resiliency has introduced design concepts that are made to withstand a seismic event. Once such product of incessant development is expansion joints which keep buildings from collapsing during strong earthquakes. Base isolation is also an important method for securing the entirety of larger structures even during high-intensity tremors. No doubt, innovation will provide the construction industry with new and better tools for earthquake-prone areas.


  1. Flood-proof designs


Aside from earthquakes, floods also pose a considerable threat to residential buildings. It’s for this reason that developers, builders, and architects take floodplain analysis seriously in coming up with construction plans. Much of these involve the use of specific materials that are known to reduce flood damage more effectively than conventional materials. In swapping plywood and linoleum, builders are focusing more on adopting reinforced wood, brick, and concrete. This will, no doubt, result in improved resiliency without any added costs.


When it comes right down to building durable homes, it’s important to know which trends matter the most.