There are 3 popular movements that you should pay attention to when it comes to trends in commercial design for 2018: Virtual reality and technology, smart glass, and resilience by design.
1. Virtual Reality in Design
Imagine being able to walk through an entire building before it’s been constructed. That’s the power of virtual reality (VR) in commercial design.
Whether constructing a new building or working on an existing one, VR provides a walkable blueprint that allows you and your clients to get a thorough look inside and outside before breaking ground. This primary walk-through could also help point out flaws in design and potential obstacles avoiding setbacks, wasted time, and wasted resources.
2. Implementing Smart Glass
Smart glass refers to a type of glass that is tinted or glazed, controlling glares, bright light, and heat, allowing for a more comfortable environment.
With the improved energy efficiency smart glass offers comes reduced costs and more reliable work environments. Smart glass is also available in Wi-Fi-connected and electronically controlled options that use sensors to determine room occupancy, weather and sunlight to fine-tune its tint–meaning you control the heat and light with the click of a button.
Most smart window products cost at least 50% more than traditional windows. While expensive upfront, smart windows can cut up to 20% of energy costs on monthly bills. Overall, it’s an energy-efficient option that can help save your client money down the line.
3. Resilience by Design
In November 2017, The U.S. Green Building Council adopted the RELi rating system after 3 city-destroying hurricanes hit and forest fires raged throughout California, not to mention the countless floods, tornadoes, and droughts across the country over the past years.
Public resources are now being dedicated toward planning and building infrastructures that help withstand or adapt to disasters. Some examples would be elevated coastal roads, adaptable electric grids, and responsible decisions about extending water lines.
Many architects are drawn to rebuilding with affordable resilient intention. It’s about using the correct materials that can stand up to the local climate and resist natural disasters, but also remain affordable.