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Choosing the right subcontractor

Across every industry, getting the foundations right is core to successful results. When it comes to the construction and MEP sectors, there’s nothing more important than delivering your service and keeping clients happy.

Lately, as the economy has shifted and companies seek out ways to cut costs, more companies are scaling and reorganising their brand to be more cost-efficient.

One of the ways any trade business can scale back is through the use of subcontractors. Though subcontractors can be a great way to finish projects and grow your brand, it’s important you know how to engage in this process efficiently to obtain the same results.

Pre-screen subcontractors carefully

When you hire subcontractors in your business, you must decide on the best options possible. Vetting a new team of subcontractors will be vital. You don’t want to be left with an under qualified or unwilling workforce that can cost you more money and potentially damage your reputation in the long run.

Recommendations for selecting subcontractors include:

  • Follow up with previous clients and check their references
  • Compare multiple subcontractors before making a final decision
  • Look beyond costs to ensure that the subcontractors you select are keen, trained, available, highly qualified, and insured
  • Ensure that payments and fees are carefully discussed prior to signing a contract
  • Ensure the subcontractor or subcontractors have the same work ethic as you and your company

When you make a strong selection, you guarantee an easier job for yourself and a better business all around. Take your time to shop around for quality work.

Setting standards

Subcontractors represent you, your business, and your brand. As such, you must set the standards and expectations ahead of the project. When you write up a contract, you’ll have the opportunity to precisely detail what you expect from them.

A well-written contract will define the quality of work you require, and the process you expect. Some critical information you should establish with your subcontractors include:

  • General Responsibilities
  • Detailed deliverables including any deadlines
  • Scope of their services
  • Work restrictions and work hierarchies
  • Standards of quality
  • Any special requests from the client

Your values are important, and ensuring your subcontractor can match these will be critical for a successful project. Transparency and good communication go a long way.

Efficient project management

Your client has expectations, and your brand is on the line when you hire a third party to work for you. Often, you’ll have to restructure your company so that the line of reporting and escalation is more clear.

Subcontractors are hired to fulfil specific tasks and duties. As such, you’ll have to ensure constant communication to keep track of a project and follow its progress.

Some tips for project management when using subcontractors include:

  • Establish a direct line of communication
  • Set procedures for procuring materials
  • Explain safety concerns
  • Maintain progress reports
  • Set schedules and deadlines
  • Ask questions regularly
  • Team building exercises

Any time you work with a third party, you’ll want to push for a positive relationship between you, your company, the subcontractors, and the client.

Subcontractors should always place their focus on you. Planning accordingly will help you avoid any problems or disputes down the road.

By having a clear and well-written contract, you can address expectations from both ends and ensure you and the subcontractor are satisfied with the agreed upon terms.

 

 

Water filters explained

Many of us enjoy the comfort of a water filter at home, but how do these systems work?

Water filters range from simple cartridges that make our water taste better, to industrial systems that can remove major contaminants from unsafe and toxic water supplies.

For most of us in the UK, our drinking water is sourced from local supplies that pre-treat the water to ensure safe consumption. In fact, UK tap water is some of the cleanest in the world.

Due to the trace chemicals in tap water, many of us may find unpleasant odours and tastes. In other cases, tap water can cause limescale build-ups that may impact certain applications. Whatever the case may be, water filters remove unwanted contaminants, big and small.

As we continue discussing topics to celebrate Water Quality Month, learn more about how different domestic water filters work.

The main types of home water filters

The three most common home filter systems are:

  1. Absorption filters
  2. Mechanical filters
  3. Reverse Osmosis

Each of these filter methods is used to address specific needs, but all three are designed with the same goal in mind – to remove impurities from water. 

Absorption filters

Absorption filters rely on capturing any water-borne contaminants via granular activated carbon (GAC).

Water passes through a fine layer of compact carbon which then absorbs any unwanted impurities, odours, and chemicals. If you’ve ever used a domestic filter such as a jug with replaceable cartridges, these usually rely on carbon absorption to give your drinking water a clean, fresh taste.

Mechanical filters

In a mechanical filtration system, the idea is to physically separate dirt, particles, and sediment from the water.

Generally, mechanical filters will feature some type of mesh or complex pore structure that acts as a net between the water and any particles present. When water is passed through a mechanical filter, unwanted substances are left behind, leaving you with sediment-free and great-tasting water.

Like carbon absorption filters, mechanical filters require replacement to work at full capacity.

And while mechanical filtration is excellent for standard home applications, if you’re looking for something that virtually removes all impurities, you’ll have to look into reverse osmosis.

Reverse-osmosis

Regarded as the most effective and complex water filtration system for home applications, reverse osmosis relies on a multi-step filtration process that pumps water through a high-pressure combination of semi-permeable membranes and carbon-based cartridges before delivering the purest drinking water around.

While mechanical or absorption filters are great at removing basic impurities, reverse osmosis is capable of going much further and removing dissolved inorganic solids, lead, arsenic, fluoride, heavy metals, and even parasitic cysts.

In situations where 99.99% pure water is required, reverse osmosis will be your best option. These complex systems ensure that water contains virtually no byproducts or adulterants.

Water filtration at home: The bottom line

Although the UK has some of the cleanest and safest domestic water supplies in the world, you’re still likely to find chlorine, calcium, and magnesium carbonate in your tap water.

While UK companies regularly test water supplies to ensure safe consumption, water filters can provide us with better taste and help to keep appliances free of limescale buildup.

 

Monitoring and maintaining swimming pool water quality

As we dive into Water Quality Month, what better topic to discuss than swimming pools?

Summer is starting to wind down, and many of us will be using these next few weeks to enjoy the comfort of our private swimming pools and spas.

Water Quality Month is here to remind us all that any pool or spa, big or small, should always be kept clean and regularly tested. Proper maintenance standards will ensure your pool remains clean, safe, and free of any potential maintenance hazards.

Water quality management is key

Swimming pool water management is often regarded as an art and science of its very own.

Achieving the perfect level of cleanliness while simultaneously balancing the right backwash and water replacement techniques has a steep learning curve, but will pay off in the end.

A consistent testing regime will provide any pool owner with the necessary data to make effective adjustments and ensure water quality meets the highest standards.

Test, test, test!

As any pool owner knows, active pool hygiene management helps prevent dirty buildups and kills hazardous bacteria. But regular testing can also help you optimise your pool cleaning techniques to ensure you’re engaging in the most cost-effective and safe pool management.

Regular monitoring can help address maintenance problems that may lead to bigger issues such as filter damage, failing systems, and chemical overdosing.

Some of the problems and concerns that a good water testing regime can address and improve include:

If your disinfection levels are up to scratch

Adequate dosing and balance of chemicals are critical for controlling bacterial growth and maintaining excellent water quality.

Whether or not backwashing and water replacement are being done correctly

The cost of water is on the rise, and you’ll want to know if you’re spacing out your water replacement at decent intervals. Efficient backwashing must be calibrated to keep your filtration system running properly.

If chemical dosing is well balanced

Improper chemical treatment can damage your pool equipment and be harmful to swimmers. Regular monitoring will ensure your pool and your guests remain safe.

Water treatment plant monitoring

Regular water testing will help assess the status of your water treatment plant and help catch any possible issues early on. Some plants may be under strain, and you’ll want to address any potential repairs before it’s too late.

Filter bed condition

You’ll want to monitor your pool’s filter bed and make the necessary replacements as often as necessary.

As we’ve previously discussed, pools can be a great luxury, but with great luxury also comes great responsibility. The consequences of poor pool maintenance can be dangerous and can lead to water-borne illnesses like E. coli and  Legionnaires’ disease.

Water quality and pool safety go hand-in-hand

The correct use of chemicals, a well-fitted filtration system, adequate circulation, and regular monitoring of pH levels are the best-combined methods for maintaining a safe and healthy swimming environment.

By engaging in these practices, we can guarantee our pools and spas will remain safe and enjoyable for all.

If you’re a pool or spa owner, you can always reference the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) code of practice to address any issues or concerns regarding water quality treatment methods.

August is water quality month!

Every August, we celebrate National Water Quality Month!

As we come off the tail end of the global pandemic, cleanliness and hygiene have never felt more important. In the UK, we often take for granted that our homes have access to one of the safest supplies of clean running water in the world.

However, when the first domestic water supply was developed in 17th century London, clean drinking water was a commodity reserved for only the wealthy elite. The need for clean water supplies was born out of centuries of disease. Widespread access to safe water supplies didn’t happen by accident.

We’ve come a long way in combining engineering and creative design to establish the modern water systems we enjoy today.

A brief history of clean water systems

Centuries ago, acquiring potable water was a long and arduous process. Most people had to travel to wells, collect rainwater, or visit faraway conduits to bring back water to their homes.

In 1613, the first major water engineering feat was completed in the opening of the New River, whose function was to bring clean and potable water to London. Unfortunately, in those early days, domestic water was reserved for the city’s elite who implemented a rudimentary system of wooden pipes to get water delivered to their homes.

As more people began to recognise the safety and convenience of domestic water, companies capitalised on the growing demand and brought drinking water to homes across the social strata. By the mid-18th century, most houses in London were connected to the New River.

Finally, the industrial revolution of the 19th century brought about major engineering innovations, including those to improve water distribution. The development of low-pressure steam pumps and basic filtration meant that water could be moved at greater distances, making clean access easier and safer than ever. Iron pipes replaced the wooden ones of the past, and by the early 20th century, water became a nationalised utility across the UK.

Though it took centuries for water to become a basic commodity, ongoing technical innovations laid the foundations for what we mostly take for granted today – a safe cup of water from the tap.

Clean water and clean air – two fundamental needs

Although concerns about water safety might be a thing of the past, a new problem that seems to be gaining traction is access to clean air.

Air quality has declined due to industrial emissions, energy production, and greenhouse gasses. When it comes to poor indoor air quality, the main culprits are a combination of biological and industrial pollutants that proliferate in our homes and workspaces.

Just as we now assume water in our homes to be clean and safe, we should hold those same standards for the air we breathe.

Fortunately, advances in technology are helping us maintain healthy air quality with the assistance of air purifiers that reduce pollutants like dust, mildew, and mould. Rejuvenair provides filtration systems that help eliminate 99.9% of airborne pathogens.

As we celebrate Water Quality Month, we hope that the same standards we’ve applied to water will one day be applied to the air we breathe.

 

 

The future is robotic

Across every industry, advancements in automation and robotics have led to significant changes in the workforce. A report by the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, upwards of 85 million jobs will be displaced by robotic technology.

Regarding MEP and construction, the trends are pointing to robots as the new frontier. Imagine walking on a job site to find a team of robots laying bricks, assembling scaffolding, or aiding in demolition. While the idea may sound straight out of a sci-fi film, robotic applications in construction are gaining traction.

While there’s debate over whether robots could someday take over construction, a more realistic scenario is one where robots and people will work side by side. Current robotic applications across construction seek to offer safety and increased productivity rather than worker replacement.

How are robots changing construction?

The construction industry has been slow to adapt to newer technologies. This slow modernisation has led to challenges such as a declining workforce, unsafe conditions, and inefficiency.

In addressing these problems, robotics could play a major role in changing construction by::

  1. Increasing worker safety
  2. Improving productivity
  3. Reducing labor shortages

How quickly contractors and builders will adopt robotic technologies will depend on how accessible these systems become.

Bricklaying

Bricklaying is a strenuous physical activity. Masons spend hours bent over, applying mortar, and placing bricks one-by-one.

Robotic bricklaying systems seek to improve productivity and reduce human injury.

The Semi-Automated Mason (SAM) is designed to be operated by a single worker, who oversees the robot’s bricklaying functions. This robot makes the bricklaying process up to five times faster and reduces the potential for human injury.

The Hadrian X robot can place up to 1,000 bricks in an hour using a fully automated system that implements cameras, laser tracking, and computers to quickly and accurately perform its bricklaying duties.

Rebar

In a similar fashion, the TyBot robot is designed to tie steel rebar autonomously.

This robot eradicates the physically-demanding work of bending over and tying hundreds of rebar intersections which often leads to strain and injury.

According to usage statistics, the TyBot can perform the work of six to eight workers on its own.

Job site Monitoring

Doxel’s robotic rovers and drones use artificial intelligence to monitor job sites in real time.

These robots are equipped with cameras and LiDAR that scan construction sites and compare the results against 3D drawings, BIM models, and other user inputs.

Deep learning allows the robot’s data to identify construction errors, detect deviations, and monitor worker safety, among other applications. Through tracking and maintaining data around the clock, these robots are helping job sites become more efficient.

Bottom line for robots in construction

Though some speculate that robots will one day take over the industry, construction is still too reliant on the human element to become fully automated.

Instead, engineers are looking to use robotics to assist builders across the industry and make their work more efficient. Skilled trades aren’t going anywhere. If you work in the construction sector, expect some unlikely automated friends in the near future.

 

Stop! Birds.

If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met.

Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

In the UK, certain wildlife is legally protected. Because wildlife laws make it illegal to capture, disturb, or otherwise harm certain animals, engineers and building professionals must proceed with caution if they’re going to work in or around a natural habitat.

Taking the right precautions will ensure protected species are safe and your building project goes smoothly.

Safe habitats = secure job sites

The protection of natural habitats is taken seriously by Natural England.

It’s your responsibility to survey the land where you plan to build and ensure your project will not interrupt any protected areas or habitats.

Contacting your local planning authority will be the best course of action before you proceed with any building project. Ecologists and other wildlife authorities can advise you on any potential hazards or legally protected areas.

Unfortunately though, despite a site complying with regulations, wildlife can always find its way into the most curious of places.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, some protected species include:

  • Bats
  • Wild birds
  • Badgers
  • Newts
  • Common dormice
  • Otters

Any of the following violations can be grounds for sanctions:

  • Injure, capture, disturb, or kill any protected species
  • Destroy or damage a breeding area
  • Obstruct access to an animal resting place
  • Remove or transport animals from their natural habitat

Offences against protected wildlife face heavy fines of up to £5,000 and can even land you a six-month prison stay!

Uninvited guests during construction

Sometimes, even if precautions are taken, animals may still end up on your project. Just recently, a project we were working on at Export & Midas House, was put on hold as peregrine falcons were nesting. As the Falcons are a protected species work wasn’t allowed to continue until the babies had hatched and fled the nest.

Small crevices or nooks can resemble nesting areas. Some of the most attractive features are attics, chimneys, and beneath roof tiles.

Machinery, scaffolding, and other construction elements can also attract critters. If a protected species decides to lay eggs on your job site, the consequences can be costly.

When building sites come to a halt, this affects everyone, and you could face serious financial losses.

Preventing building delays due to wildlife

We recommend you take the necessary precautions if you plan to build in natural areas.

The easiest solution is to obtain a full environmental report of the area. A qualified ecologist will survey the area and check for any potential hazards. These days, you might even opt for a drone survey.

Assessing the impacts of your development will ensure no species goes harmed.

Green construction practices keep ecosystems safe

DJHC is committed to environmental and sustainable practices across the industry. When it comes to keeping our species and ecosystems safe, we want to encourage responsible practices.

If you think your next project could prove invasive to protected wildlife, we recommend you take the right course of action to ensure prevent any harm. Building responsibly and obtaining the right permits will ensure your project gets done without any halts or delays.

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If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met. Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

DJHC celebrates Good Care Month!

At DJHC, we pride ourselves on the work we do and the people we serve. As MEP professionals, it’s not just about finishing a job. The impact we make on our customers is important, and meeting their needs is our priority.

Every July, we celebrate Good Care Month. Good Care Month celebrates the care workers and facilities who dedicate their services to improving the lives of those in need.

As with any specialised building, care homes are designed with specific needs in mind. For people living and working in care homes, comfort is particularly important. 

In the past few years, DJHC has had the privilege of working on projects related to the care sector, and we know first-hand how important MEP design is to these facilities.

MEP design and care facilities 

At DJHC, we understand that engineering is what makes a building come to life.

MEP design is fundamental to providing and maintaining base comfort levels inside a structure. From heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting – buildings are only as comfortable as the way they’re designed. Without well-planned MEP elements, a building might as well just be a shell.

In celebrating Good Care Month and thinking about designing for comfort, we can reflect on some previous projects DJHC has completed for the care sector.

Haven House 

We recently worked on the Haven House project. Haven House is a residential facility that provides end-of-life care for children and young people living with chronic conditions.

As with many older structures, overheating and deficient ventilation were major problems for staff and residents at Haven House. During the summer months, common areas and bedrooms would often reach extreme temperatures that made living there uncomfortable.

Knowing that overheating was causing discomfort to staff and residents, we developed a custom-made, energy-efficient cooling system that provided adequate air conditioning throughout the building at low noise levels. 

In the end, this project was tailor-made to meet the needs of Haven House. 

Viera Gray House

In another project, we refurbished the ventilation and kitchen systems of the Viera Gray House, a care home specialising in residents who suffer from dementia.

Our initial brief mentioned that kitchen temperatures reached “uncomfortably hot” temperatures for staff because the room lacked a functional ventilation system.

DJHC was tasked with a full refurbishment of the kitchen to comply with today’s standards and provide adequate comfort levels for care workers.

In the end, we were successful in creating a suitable working environment by implementing the right MEP elements.

Spreading awareness about care workers

Care workers devote themselves to meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Care home residents deserve to live in safe and comfortable environments.

At DJHC, we want to spread awareness about Good Care Month. July is an opportunity to remind everyone that care workers are important to our communities. They deserve our appreciation not just this month, but every day of the year.

Good MEP design isn’t just installing an air conditioner and going home at the end of the day. Every building has its own needs that need to be carefully considered when upgrading or refurbishing MEP elements. 

 

Brain-based construction and leaders in the MEP sector

In the past 40 years, the MEP sector has witnessed major changes across technologies, processes, and applications.

The foremost leader in this quantum leap has been the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where a construction boom in the 1990s revolutionised the industry like never before.

Since then, the UAE has set the tone for complexity, innovation and functionality throughout construction and MEP design.

The UAE as industry leaders

During that period of rapid growth, engineers in the UAE were able to attract the leaders of other global construction markets such as the US, Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. In doing so, they retained the best minds the MEP sector could offer from across the globe.

Speculation in market shifts has allowed the UAE to continue improving technologies and setting new standards for HVAC and engineering stakeholders everywhere.

In the past 20 years, the UAE construction market has been one of the first to focus on sustainable and green projects, building automation, integrated systems, smart applications and prefabrication.

Yet, one of the most innovative changes that UAE engineers have pushed for often goes unnoticed is a shift from a brick-and-mortar to a brain-based industry.

What is a brain-based industry?

Brain-based industry in construction relies less on traditional labour, and more on technological advancements to increase efficiency.

By focusing on the smart cities of tomorrow, this brain-based approach capitalises on opportunities to improve building technology and intelligence, increase building longevity and modernise how we interact with the built environment.

These innovations have created a perception shift in which people don’t just judge a building aesthetically, but instead, look at its internal systems as a way to better gauge longevity and functionality. This includes everything from security systems, connectivity, sustainability and energy efficiency. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Future advancements in UAE construction technologies

Just last year, the UAE announced its national initiative to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This driving force for sustainability has only skyrocketed the shift towards smarter and greener buildings. If this initiative is achieved, the UAE will become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to reach net zero.

Some of the most advanced tools being implemented in UAE construction include:

Industry leaders say they’ve benefitted from these revolutionary changes in MEP engineering. Some of these benefits include increased productivity, smarter delivery, fewer clashes between teams, reduced waste from materials, better building visualisation and lower carbon emissions.

Technological applications are also changing the most elementary aspects of the construction trade.

We’re likely to see shifts within the construction hierarchy as roles become more automated and tech-based. As construction becomes more reliant on technology, positions such as site supervisor and foreman could one day become obsolete and make way for newer, more integrated roles.

What’s to come for the global industry?

In every industry, major change always happens when one leader inspires others. When it comes to MEP engineering, the UAE’s rapid mobilisation in tech applications within construction has made others want to play catch up. This is especially true as governments across the world create new incentives for smart buildings and environmentally-friendly building solutions.

MEP is at a major turning point. We can only be thrilled for what’s to yet come in this industry as stakeholders continue applying innovative techniques to the ways we look at construction and engineering.

 

 

MEP engineers building for tomorrow

Just as designers are looking ahead to speculate on the needs of buildings for the future, MEP engineers are adapting to new advancements in building and management.

Technologies are evolving faster than ever, and the widespread availability of new tools and resources in the MEP sector will surely affect the way engineers approach their craft in the years to come.

As new standards enter the mainstream, MEP engineers will implement these resources in future projects. We can expect the following technologies to see a bright future in the MEP industry.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a protocol used for managing information during the construction phase of a building.

This digital, model-based method allows teams to manage information more efficiently as they collaborate on a project. BIM helps integrate all the data utilised by architects, designers, engineers, and contractors by providing a centralised hub for project management. The visualisation element of BIM is particularly important, and cloud integration ensures projects are always up to date.

We can expect the MEP industry to continue using BIM as it evolves to allow for more efficient workflows. Cloud-based technologies across the industry will help engineering teams collaborate and design the built environment of the future.

Virtual Reality (VR)

Although virtual reality (VR) is more often associated with gaming and entertainment, we can expect to see this powerful tool more prominently across the MEP sector.

New developments in VR technology are being adopted by engineers and contractors.  MEP teams can now look at virtual building components overlaid onto physical job sites, making it easier to visualise processes and make decisions on the cuff.

VR can also be integrated into BIM applications and help teams around the globe to virtually engage with projects without the need to travel. As remote work becomes more prevalent, VR will be integral for teams to work closely, regardless of where they are in the world.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

We’ve previously discussed how IoT applications are now a major player in building for the future. Just as IoT has taken over home applications, internet connectivity is now expanding to industrial MEP services like lighting systems, heating, ventilation, and public utilities.

It’s no secret that buildings of the future will have full integration using IoT devices. MEP engineers are preparing projects for future generations by considering how these technologies will advance and evolve over the years.

IoT is even aiding in the construction phase, as cameras and sensors can track building progress and provide updated models in real-time that can be reviewed by engineering teams using BIM systems.

MEP and the future of building design

Data and technology are transforming the MEP industry faster than ever. Engineers have new tools at their disposal. Tasks that were once time-consuming are now becoming automated, and logistical headaches are now simplified through data systems, cloud storage and real-time connectivity.

Building for the future is becoming more streamlined and allowing MEP professionals to focus more on technical innovations and less on the processes themselves. There are no limits to what the future holds in store for the MEP sector, and we’re excited to see what’s to come as engineering technology continues to evolve for the generations of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Building the future

When we think about the future of building design, it’s tough to gauge how fast technology will evolve. Because new buildings take years to plan and build, designers are having a difficult time catching up with the rapid changes in technology.

When designers think about new buildings, they have to consider their lifespan and adaptability. If designers want to ensure longevity, they need to ensure a building can adapt to future technologies.

How do we design new buildings knowing that the technologies we use today could become obsolete tomorrow?

Designing for the future of today

Designers need to think about how buildings can evolve for future generations to provide maximum efficiency, comfort and sustainability.

Speculation has led experts to focus on the following trends in building design:

  • Net-zero
  • A.I. implementation
  • Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart technology
  • Integration between buildings and public utility grids
  • Improved relationships between structures and their surrounding environments

Although every new building is designed with a unique purpose in mind, longevity and adaptability have become a new priority for designers across the globe.

Current trends in building design

Two industry trends are experiencing a rise in popularity within building design:

Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT is transforming how buildings are managed and occupied by their tenants.

New advances in connectivity are not only paving the way for more comfortable living, but they’re also helping designers maximise the value of a building in the long term by preparing for fully connected spaces.

 Sustainability and net-zero

“Net-zero” has rapidly become an industry standard for sustainable design.

By developing energy-efficient buildings that only produce the same amount of energy they use, these structures will be better suited for a future that looks to rely on alternative energy sources.

Future-proofing

A question designers often ask themselves is: how long until a building becomes obsolete? The answer largely depends on how much a building is designed with evolution in mind…

One recent project that has prepared for major changes in technology is 22 Bishopsgate in London. Designed as a vertical village for people to live, work and play in, the building is a technologically connected skyscraper. Although on the outside it might look like an ordinary city tower, its inside is where 22 Bishopsgate truly shines.

The building features:

  • Facial recognition for staff and residents
  • Smart glass that controls temperature and light levels
  • Wind reduction technology
  • Traffic logistics system to reduce congestion
  • Package delivery management system
  • Intelligent (IoT) connectivity across building services
  • App for tenants to control and monitor their environment

Since the skyscraper opened its doors in 2020, tenants have taken full advantage of the technological amenities the building offers.

For the building to continue evolving, designers track and monitor how tenants interact with the structure via 24/7 cloud technology.

Changes are yet to come

We’re living in a period of rapid urbanisation. As a result of this, there’s a high demand for new buildings. When we think about the future of buildings, we need to think about the long term.

To avoid new buildings becoming obsolete, designers need to consider how technology will change over time, and how these changes will affect tenants and the surrounding environment.

Sustainable design and technological evolution are just some of the measures designers will need to consider to ensure a smooth transition into building for the future.