With construction booming on a global scale, more engineers and architects look to cutting-edge building materials that are changing the look of tomorrow’s cities. The year 2017 has been filled with innovative solutions that tighten building envelopes, incorporate recycled materials, improve R- values (the ability of heat to transfer from hot to cold, through materials, such as insulation), use the power of nature, and reduce carbon footprints. The one thing that almost all these novel materials have in common: the need for construction drying solutions.
The Building Materials of Tomorrow Available Today
The latest technologies incorporated into glass perform a variety of functions. Some allow occupants to control the amount of natural light that enters buildings or responds to changes in sunlight and temperatures. Others have self-cleaning coatings.
In a world where buildings need to be stronger, taller, and more efficient, engineers are turning to metal sponges, or micro-lattice, made of interconnected metal tubes to make skyscrapers lighter and better dampened. The sponges absorb energy to prevent swaying while adding rigidity and strength to the structures. They also serve to insulate and soundproof buildings. At the time of publication, metal sponges are the lightest solid building material on the planet.
Made of ceramic, porous 3-D printed bricks feature an open weave design that allows them to absorb water and cool rooms via evaporation. Because the modular bricks use mortar to stay in place, forward-thinking contractors employ climate control solutions to dry the material and stay on schedule.
Algae can be a powerful energy source. BIQ House in Germany is the first algae-powered building. The structure is made of “bio-reactors” that contain algae that grow in sunlight and provide natural shade. It also produces electricity that the building can use, as well as harvestable biomass.
Researchers are also studying the use of algae in the pavement, specifically as a lignin-based seal for asphalt and roof sealants. Scientists are studying the organism to extend the life of asphalt roads, which deteriorate in warm temperatures.
The most popular building material in the world is getting upgrades with the help of savvy scientists. The biodynamic concrete used at the 2015 Milan Expo pavilion absorbs smog and turns it into inert salts using TX Active technology that responds to light. Similarly, the Missouri Department of Transportation and scientists in the Netherlands have also experimented with smog-eating concrete on roadways.
The Dutch have taken their concrete studies further with the development of a self-healing material that uses calcium lactate and bacteria. When the concrete has a crack, bacteria feed on the calcium lactate and produce hole-filling limestone as a byproduct. When paired with temporary climate control solutions, the concrete may reduce the costs associated with concrete maintenance and repairs.
With old-growth trees becoming scarcer, scientists developed fast-growing North American tulipwood. The lumber is stronger and more attractive than cross-laminated lumber made of spruce. It’s also stronger than concrete by weight. Climate control solutions keep the wood from warping during its different processing stages.
Construction Drying Solutions Keep Pace with Architectural Advances
As long as contractors build, the need for temporary climate control will persist. Polygon is ready with cutting-edge technologies that keep construction sites dry, healthy, and productive, such as indirect-fired heaters that produce clean air. Regardless of your stage of construction, Polygon’s specialists will work with your heating strategy (or assist with developing one) to help you save money, eliminate problems caused by ambient temperatures and relative humidity levels, and meet deadlines. Contact Polygon today to learn more about how affordable temporary climate control equipment will benefit your site and prevent unnecessary delays.