Trends in Residential Construction

With the changing economy that has journeyed to the 2014, the playing field in the construction industry is also starting to change. In residential construction, there are already changes that are taking place which influence the overall building of housing units and the decisions made by the project managers and the other professionals involved in the project. What are these changes in residential construction? How are they affecting the field of residential construction? How can it affect you as a homeowner? Here are the latest trends in residential construction.

Energy Efficiency

We are now in a world where the efficient use of energy is priority. In order to lessen our expense on electricity and other forms of energy, as well as promoting a greener option when constructing a housing unit, energy efficiency is now one of the major priorities of many contractors. This would mean the use of lesser electrical light sources and more of natural light sources. For example, instead of using incandescent lighting, utilizing fluorescent lights would be better and the use of skylights in homes to promote natural lighting wouldn’t be a surprise any longer. This would also mean lesser electrical outlets to lessen the amount of electricity consumed by a home.

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Materials Used

For contractors, the material that they will be using in the construction of a housing unit is always important. They always gauge if a certain type of material would be best in a particular section of the house. What would work best as a roofing system – a tile roofing system, asphalt shingles, wood or other types of materials? What would be the best material to be used as the walls of the housing unit? What materials can we use to make the home withstand the harsh weather system of a particular locality while still promoting the ventilation within the housing unit? These are the questions commonly running through the head of contractors and other members of the construction team when it comes to the materials that they will be using on your home. The use of stronger materials will also be more common in homes as the use of sheet materials like steel and rubber are becoming more and more popular among homeowners.

Proofing and Protection

Because of the changes in the weather patterns due to global warming, there are changes observed among homeowners in the quality of the housing units that they want. The use of proofing materials and high resistant materials will become widely used. These include fireproofing, waterproofing and wind proofing materials which will provide additional protection to the home. Materials which are also resistant to heat and cold will also be used as they promote adequate ventilation to the home. Click here for more

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