Integrations are taking more than just the software industry by storm. Companies in every industry are demanding data be able to flow across different software and different applications. Integrations can heavily increase efficiency and gain a competitive edge through streamlined operations. Companies need to stay away from deploying integrations that will stand alone in a silo in order to reap as many benefits as possible. This means integrations need to be intelligent. The main integration types today are iPaaS, aPaaS, and SaaS.
The trend of living in smaller spaces is really catching on. The tiny house movement has gained a little notoriety after being featured on home improvement shows and national publications. A tiny house builder can easily be found with a quick internet search with floor plans ranging from 115 square feet to 300 square feet. A lot of tiny house residents want the chance to get away from their hectic lives and commune with nature. Their tiny house might be a retreat or a more full-time settlement and usually feature lots of natural light and natural wood. Most tiny houses are mobile and can be found somewhere scenic- with a view of a lake somewhere on the east coast, overlooking beautiful mountains, nestled in a wooded retreat, or within reach of the salty air in the Pacific Northwest.
For those who would also like to dwell in 300 square feet, but want a different view entirely, micro apartments in the best urban areas are just starting to catch on too. These apartments are for those who love the vibrant feel of Manhattan, San Francisco, Boston, or Seattle but don’t need or want a big space. Many micro apartment tenants are living alone with a minimalistic feel. This lifestyle choice shows an emphasis on the demand for convenience and location over physical space and the ability to entertain.
What do tiny houses and micro apartments mean for the construction industry along with the architecture and engineering industries? Opportunity. These two tiny living choices have made an impact on architecture, engineering, and construction already and while gaining popularity could make even more of a splash. AEC firms have to become increasingly creative to find the right balance of being small and being open in just the right location. A smart use of space is what makes tiny dwellings possible and that starts with the plans. Creative storage and versatile spaces are required in tiny dwellings. If these obstacles can be overcome, however, fewer materials needed with a higher price tag per foot than many other homes leave this market with huge opportunity for AEC firms.
Keep in mind, many tiny dwellers are visionaries and want a heavy hand in what their space will be like. They want the beautiful architectural touches that say craftsman or urban minimalism in the tiny spaces they call home. Micro apartments don’t always allow for as much resident input, but the style has to be there. Capturing the spirit of this demographic will bring success to AEC firms who look to make it big in this tiny niche.
What does it mean to be a sustainable builder? A grass hut in the desert? Are there grass huts in the desert? Being a sustainable builder means you are building structures with the future and low-energy use in mind. Using products and practices that will waste less and have fewer harmful byproducts is another large part of being sustainable in AEC.
Sustainably designed buildings and environments are put through a thoughtful process required to build green such as LEED certification requirements. The projects details are evaluated and optimized down to the smallest and most subtle detail. Sustainability in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) is becoming increasingly important as the earth continues to support growing human populations and larger industry.
The positives of LEED building include saving money, creating a healthier environment, and promoting renewable, clean energy. Sustainability in AEC can be done in all different levels, including building design and construction, interior design and construction, building operations and maintenance, and neighborhood and urban development. Through mindful design, AEC is poised to play a big role in sustainability efforts globally.
Economic, Environmental, and Equity, or the Triple E Bottom Line is used as a framework for measuring and reporting building performance against economic, social and environmental parameters. Triple E Line also captures a whole set of values around sustainability to minimize the harm that may result from activities to create economic, social and environmental value. This framework is an important guideline in sustainability because it takes a holistic look at the potential damages that could result from reckless AEC policies.
Construction technology has the ability to take AEC into sustainable practices now and in the future. Taking construction to the cutting edge of technology will help shape the future of AEC for the better. These practices support a healthier environment while saving money. Find out how you can bring your construction software to the cutting edge and support sustainability in AEC.