The way Canadian new construction homes are being built is changing rapidly. The materials contractors use, the way they interact with clients and even the speed at which they can build a house is changing for the better. Modern technology is helping contractors to build homes that are more efficient and better suited to the needs of the client.
If you're working with a contractor to build your home, it's important to be aware of these changes, and to hire a contractor who is comfortable with modern tools. Below is the kind of technology your contractor might use to build your future home.
Green technologies make homes more efficient. These technologies are in demand by clients, and thus many of the best contractors have become comfortable installing these technologies in modern homes. Below are some technologies that contractors use to make their homes more efficient.
Solar Panels, Solar Shingles
Solar panels are used all over the country to help homeowners generate their own green power. While most homeowners opt for solar panels, some will get solar shingles installed on their roof. This cutting edge technology is integrated into the roofing material, and can provide power to the home's systems much like standard solar panels.
Smart devices can make the home more efficient in a variety of ways. Smart devices can control everything from the blinds to the home's HVAC system. Not all smart devices need to be installed by a construction contractor. Generally, devices that connect to the home's built-in systems, like smart thermostats, are best installed by a professional.
Rooftop Wind Generators
Homeowners who live in windy places can use rooftop wind generators to produce up to half of their home's power. Rooftop wind generators are fit to size and can provide clean energy to homes in nearly any location.
Tablets, Smart Phones and Everything that Goes With
Tablets and smart phones are used by just about everyone now, including construction contractors. These devices help contractors stay in constant contact with their clients. They also help contractors juggle competing priorities so they can stay on top of their project.
In addition to smart phones and tablets, contractors use file-sharing programs, communication apps and project-management software. These various programs help contractors send contracts, get back signed documents, track change orders, and ensure that everyone involved in the project has the information they need to get the job done.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, measuring and leveling was done by hand with very basic tools. In today's construction, lasers have taken the place of levels and even, in some cases, measuring tape. Lasers help construction contractors measure distances, survey the construction area, and ensure that surfaces are level. These tools are now affordable and in regular use by construction outfits.
3D printers have been used to create everything from replacement parts for machines to products for hobbyists, and now they're being used to build structures like buildings and bridges. Home buyers today are unlikely to find a contractor who uses a 3D printer to build their home, but in the future, this could become a commonplace tool. These products are useful because they're so fast and efficient.
Virtual reality technology is quickly becoming a tool found in households across the country, so it's only natural that VR technology should also be used in the construction industry. VR technology can help contractors see what is and what could be. In the planning stages, contractors use VR technology to help homeowners envision how changes to the design will affect the home.
During the construction phases of the project, VR can help construction workers identify problems, risks and safety issues. Some construction outfits use virtual reality during their employee training, while others use VR on the job site.
Choose the Right Contractor Today
Are you hiring a contractor to build your new Air Ranch home? If so, pay close attention to the type of technology your contractor uses during their home building projects. Many of the best contractors will use a variety of modern tools to make your home a comfortable and efficient place to live.
The contractor you choose should be able to discuss how they use modern tools to track and juggle multiple priorities, how they've integrated modern tools into their construction methods and what technologies they hope to use in the future. Having conversations with contractors in the planning stages of your home building project can help you choose a contractor who is right for you.