How Technology is Transforming the Homebuilding Industry

Based on Las Vegas’s first annual Design and Construction Week, here are the latest trends in the homebuilding industry, with a preview of what’s to come.

A glimpse into the homes of tomorrow

The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) and the NAHB (National Association of Homebuilders) gathered in Las Vegas for the first-ever Design and Construction Week, a brand-new event that unites the construction industry’s two main trade shows.

The KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) and the IBS (International Builders’ Show) joined in one enormous event that attracted more than 75,000 product manufacturers, designers, and builders.

Heading into the country’s recession, when every other trade appeared to be growing in efficiency and cleverness, the construction trades looked as if they were getting more and more clueless and wasteful. Over-the-top floor plans that were hard to build, a pain to live in, and too costly too cool and heat appeared to be the norm in a business that was running on autopilot.

However, the housing crisis and recession, forced the entire homebuilding industry to stop and think. Today, as we move past the recession and look toward the future, the question is how much have we learned from our past mistakes? Will we be better for it?

Some have asserted that the housing industry put us in the recession and it’s the housing industry that will get us out. Here’s a quick look at what’s in store for the future.

Technology continues to evolve

Technology continues to leave its imprint on the homebuilding industry. Builders are using everything from smart thermostats by Nest, which learn our unique patterns and then program themselves, to a new innovation called Edge Home, which cleverly provides a breakdown of the energy used in your home each month, including individual switches and outlets.

These ingenious products allow people to save not only money, but energy as well.

At times, technology can get a step ahead of itself, but there are solutions for that too, such as hidden panel dishwashers. These are marvelously futuristic due to their ultra-quiet settings.

Often, they’re so quiet it’s hard to tell if they’re even on, let alone how much longer the cycle will run. Bosch currently promotes a dishwasher that has a beaming light that shines on the floor to project how much time is left.

Tired of multiple charging cords messing up your kitchen countertop space? Corian is manufacturing a countertop with integrated hotspots that recharge a cell phone when you simply lay it down in the targeted area.

Extravagance for the masses

Who doesn’t want a bit of luxury in their home? Prior to the recession, luxury was associated with granite countertops, a soaking garden tub, and massive square footage.

By contrast, luxury today is defined by something more easily attainable. David Bromstad from HGTV sees well-informed consumers stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility to push designers to create a particular look for much less money.

There’s something to be said for people taking ownership and following through on a DIY project.

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