Architects have a wide array of tools and AutoCAD drafting applications at their disposal whenever they are creating a new building or home design. Designing futuristic buildings and homes is not always about their functionality, but about exploring various concepts and technologies, and how these aspects can be used to develop structures.
By taking the time to explore how new technologies and advances in construction materials can be incorporated into building and home designs, it allows architects the opportunity to create the next modern breakthrough in building and home design.
One aspect architects have to evaluate as part of their designs is the energy efficiency of the structure. Energy efficiency is a big consideration that is already being used to create buildings and homes. Some of the more common features architects might want to incorporate into their designs include:
- Solar Panels
- Additional Insulation
- Radiant Barrier Roofing
- Dual Pane Windows
- Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems
- Tankless Hot Water Heaters
These features are normally incorporated into the design of the structure, as they require specific placement in order to be the most efficient.
In addition, wireless technologies will continue to be a key feature in modern buildings and homes. While architects are already incorporating wireless Internet technologies into building and home designs, advances in wireless bi-directional power systems have made significant advances in the past few years. Wireless power systems make it possible to share electricity between specific devices when power is required, as well as divert power wireless to rechargeable batteries, which could essentially be used along with solar panels.
Another type of technology architects will need to consider when evaluating what materials their building or home should be made from is 3D printing. 3D printing continues to advance at a rapid pace. No longer is this technology limited to creating 3D objects using only plastic-based materials. Recent advances in metal powders, carbon fibers, and other such materials, as well as advances in printer hardware, now make it possible to use 3D printers to print metal and carbon fiber components of varying sizes.
Essentially, the buildings and homes of tomorrow could be built by printing sections of the home on large format 3D printers and assembling them at the job site. In fact, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where the world’s current largest 3D printer is located, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s recent projects was to print a 3D home. The project was successful, and a 210 square foot home was printed in segments and assembled over a four week period of time.
As technologies continue to advance, architects will need to continuously explore how these advances could potentially be incorporated into their building and home designs. For assistance in CAD drawing conversion, 3D drafting and other architectural and CAD services, call Q-Cad at 800-700-3305 and speak to a representative today.