Building systems in the cities of the future

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3d printing, Smart cities / 15 December, 2021

Karla García Gil Journalist

This type of technology has been adopted by Smart Cities, seeking to offer a better quality of life to their citizens, as well as to boost their development to become more competitive.

Some of the materials with which cities have traditionally been built are stone, wood and brick; however, current architecture is in a constant evolution towards the search for more sustainable and durable materials, in order to build environmentally friendly cities, pleasant for their residents and built with biodegradable materials.

This type of technology has been adopted by Smart Cities, seeking to offer a better quality of life to their citizens, as well as to boost their development in order to become more competitive. The materials and processes used in the creation of housing, streets, roads and buildings in general must be highly resistant, of good quality and have little or no negative impact on the environment.

According to a report by Climate Bonds, in Mexico, more than 50,000 new homes are expected to be built in the capital alone, every year until 2030, which will contribute to the $18 billion investment opportunity in green construction. This would also incentivize the green finance market.

An example of the efforts being made in Mexico to migrate towards green construction is the Puebla-based company Mezcla Brava, which incorporates in its buildings the necessary characteristics to belong to a smart city. Its construction system reduces construction time and simplifies inventory and supply logistics, allowing savings in energy, fuel, water and materials. Thanks to this system, construction sites achieve savings of up to 30 percent.

Green building: the infrastructure of the future

Green building: the infrastructure of the future

Sustainable construction is a sector that will be on the rise in the coming years and represents an excellent option for those looking to invest in green and/or ethical options that benefit the environment

Circular architecture

The importance of circular architecture and sustainable materials lies in the fact that buildings generate between 25% and 40% of CO2 emissions, in addition to being one of the world’s largest producers of waste.

The circular economy applied to the construction sector aims to provide a cyclical life to buildings where resources are used in the best way and where durability permeates. To this end, it is important to analyze from the outset what type of materials will be needed in construction, but also what waste will appear after demolition.

This is essential to minimize the possible negative impact on the environment as much as possible. Reusable or reconfigurable materials may have a future use, which reduces building waste.

3D construction

Another alternative to environmental problems in construction is 3D printed housing. Many companies claim that it is a faster, cheaper and more sustainable process than traditional methods, as it saves large amounts of wood, metal and other building materials that end up in landfills. They also claim that the technology is helping to combat housing shortages, price inflation and overcrowding.

In a small town outside Nacajuca, Mexico, houses are being made using 3D printing; builders say the houses are capable of withstanding extreme conditions and withstanding earthquakes of more than 7 degrees. Investors are analyzing that houses in this format can become a model to build in different places.

With the above we can glimpse that investing in new construction modalities is a sector that can bring multiple benefits in the long term.

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