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Smart Design: 5 Trends Transforming Commercial Buildings

Commercial building design is ever-evolving, with fads coming and going with few ending up becoming industry standards. As technology has advanced there has been a strong movement towards smart buildings. This is essentially the practice of adopting new designs and technologies that will enhance new buildings, enabling these structures to cause less of an impact on the environment while simultaneously making them more innovative or “people friendly”.

Here are 5 smart building design trends to keep an eye out for.

  • Installing High-Performance Siding

Too often traditional siding materials are used without a second thought, much to the failure of the contractor involved. Siding is responsible for protecting the building, and depending on the nature of the industry in which the building is being used, could have a serious effect on longevity.

There are two great alternative options for commercial buildings – fiber cement and modified wood. Some basic research into fiber cement siding reviews will show you a plethora of positive feedback for this material. It is long-lasting, attractive, and requires minimal maintenance. Not to mention durability is another selling point that can be a huge factor for your client.

It goes without saying that wood is always a classic option, but one often pushed to the side in favor of lower maintenance sidings. Modified wood siding is a perfect substitute for essentially any wood siding design project. With a longer-lifespan and none of the long-term care needed as with traditional wood modified wood remains a very effective yet beautiful choice.

  • Finding a Happy Medium with Biosolar Roofs

The trend of solar panels and green roofs continue to rival with one another, leaving some caught between choosing one over the other as space doesn’t seem to allow for both. In reality biosolar may end up becoming the perfect smart solution for those in such a predicament. It offers advantages of both and can sometimes perform better together than on their own.

Green roofs help keep an ideal microclimate around the solar panels which allows for the panels to perform better. This is especially true in very hot climates as too much effect causes solar panels to lose efficiency. Solar panels on a green roof tend to be mounted on A-frames, and these frames also offer benefits. They provided small amounts of shaded areas, which in turn helps to keep these areas more moist, to promote a more versatile ecosystem for flora and fauna to flourish.

  • Selecting More Versatile Wall Systems

The same principle of choosing smarter siding applies to the type of wall systems being chosen as well. An excellent example of a more versatile design is the use of insulated concrete blocks.

Insulated concrete blocks offer a number of benefits, such as superior strength, greater energy efficiency, fire and storm protection, and natural reduction in noise due to its insulative properties. These blocks can easily be used in commercial building construction and are suitable for essentially any structure, regardless of use. This type of wall system is particularly ideal for buildings that will be used as offices, schools or even hospital centers as they provide excellent air and moisture control and a natural buffer to outside noise pollution.

  • ConnectiSmart Design: 5 Trends Transforming Commercial Buildings Commercial building design is ever-evolving, with fads coming and going with few ending up becoming industry standards. As technology has advanced there has been a strong movement towards smart buildings. This is essentially the practice of adopting new designs and technologies that will enhance new buildings, enabling these structures to cause less of an impact on the environment while simultaneously making them more innovative or “people friendly”.Here are 5 smart building design trends to keep an eye out for.
    • Installing High-Performance Siding

    Too often traditional siding materials are used without a second thought, much to the failure of the contractor involved. Siding is responsible for protecting the building, and depending on the nature of the industry in which the building is being used, could have a serious effect on longevity.

    There are two great alternative options for commercial buildings – fiber cement and modified wood. Some basic research into fiber cement siding reviews will show you a plethora of positive feedback for this material. It is long-lasting, attractive, and requires minimal maintenance. Not to mention durability is another selling point that can be a huge factor for your client.

    It goes without saying that wood is always a classic option, but one often pushed to the side in favor of lower maintenance sidings. Modified wood siding is a perfect substitute for essentially any wood siding design project. With a longer-lifespan and none of the long-term care needed as with traditional wood modified wood remains a very effective yet beautiful choice.

    • Finding a Happy Medium with Biosolar Roofs

    The trend of solar panels and green roofs continue to rival with one another, leaving some caught between choosing one over the other as space doesn’t seem to allow for both. In reality biosolar may end up becoming the perfect smart solution for those in such a predicament. It offers advantages of both and can sometimes perform better together than on their own.

    Green roofs help keep an ideal microclimate around the solar panels which allows for the panels to perform better. This is especially true in very hot climates as too much effect causes solar panels to lose efficiency. Solar panels on a green roof tend to be mounted on A-frames, and these frames also offer benefits. They provided small amounts of shaded areas, which in turn helps to keep these areas more moist, to promote a more versatile ecosystem for flora and fauna to flourish.

    • Selecting More Versatile Wall Systems

    The same principle of choosing smarter siding applies to the type of wall systems being chosen as well. An excellent example of a more versatile design is the use of insulated concrete blocks.

    Insulated concrete blocks offer a number of benefits, such as superior strength, greater energy efficiency, fire and storm protection, and natural reduction in noise due to its insulative properties. These blocks can easily be used in commercial building construction and are suitable for essentially any structure, regardless of use. This type of wall system is particularly ideal for buildings that will be used as offices, schools or even hospital centers as they provide excellent air and moisture control and a natural buffer to outside noise pollution.

    • Connecting Buildings to Intelligent System Technologies

    The idea of a smart building, or a building that can function as a comfortable environment without human intervention, will eventually become the norm. There are a growing number of smart technologies for commercial buildings and these should be incorporated into the design.

    A great example of this, and one that is most easily accessible, is incorporating technology that will automatically predict and control lighting as well as room temperature. Specially designed sensors built within the room and connected to a computer system can not only control temperature like a traditional thermostat, but even predict weather changes that may affect temperature so the system can proactively change. The smart grid is going to becoming more and more important for this reason.

    These systems have an excellent ROI for building owners as a computerized system like these can reduce lighting costs, automatically control sun exposure, and ensure rooms with no occupants during certain timeframes are dormant so they aren’t paying to illuminate or heat a room that will not be getting use.

    • Getting Creative with Solar Panels

    Solar panels are going to continue to grow in popularity as technology has become more accessible and affordable. They reduce energy costs of building maintenance and reduce the carbon footprint of the building. Not only will solar panels on the roofs of commercial buildings be more common, but other surfaces can be used as well.

    Image Credit: WashingtonPost.com

    Though it depends on the building’s use, chances are the average commercial building has a sizeable parking lot that has no use aside from providing parking. The idea of either installing solar panels either over or within the parking lot has gone from an idea to actually being practice. Shaded canopies over parking lots provide a more comfortable area for people and allows for solar panels to be placed on top.

    A far more advanced option are solar panel paved parking lots. The technology for this is out of reach for many but is an excellent example of how smart solar panel design continues to improve. Some other options for more solar panels include installing them on the face of certain buildings and on signs.

    Smart buildings have certainly been growing in popularity as architects continue to advance their skills and discover new ways of making buildings perform pass their basic function of providing shelter. Depending upon the needs of a commerical building, a full remodel or switch to smart features may not be warranted or even ideal. However, it is clear that including some of the design trends featured here will be useful for essentially any client.

    ng Buildings to Intelligent System Technologies

The idea of a smart building, or a building that can function as a comfortable environment without human intervention, will eventually become the norm. There are a growing number of smart technologies for commercial buildings and these should be incorporated into the design.

A great example of this, and one that is most easily accessible, is incorporating technology that will automatically predict and control lighting as well as room temperature. Specially designed sensors built within the room and connected to a computer system can not only control temperature like a traditional thermostat, but even predict weather changes that may affect temperature so the system can proactively change. The smart grid is going to becoming more and more important for this reason.

These systems have an excellent ROI for building owners as a computerized system like these can reduce lighting costs, automatically control sun exposure, and ensure rooms with no occupants during certain timeframes are dormant so they aren’t paying to illuminate or heat a room that will not be getting use.

  • Getting Creative with Solar Panels

Solar panels are going to continue to grow in popularity as technology has become more accessible and affordable. They reduce energy costs of building maintenance and reduce the carbon footprint of the building. Not only will solar panels on the roofs of commercial buildings be more common, but other surfaces can be used as well.

Image Credit: WashingtonPost.com

Though it depends on the building’s use, chances are the average commercial building has a sizeable parking lot that has no use aside from providing parking. The idea of either installing solar panels either over or within the parking lot has gone from an idea to actually being practice. Shaded canopies over parking lots provide a more comfortable area for people and allows for solar panels to be placed on top.

A far more advanced option are solar panel paved parking lots. The technology for this is out of reach for many but is an excellent example of how smart solar panel design continues to improve. Some other options for more solar panels include installing them on the face of certain buildings and on signs.

Smart buildings have certainly been growing in popularity as architects continue to advance their skills and discover new ways of making buildings perform pass their basic function of providing shelter. Depending upon the needs of a commerical building, a full remodel or switch to smart features may not be warranted or even ideal. However, it is clear that including some of the design trends featured here will be useful for essentially any client.

Written By:  Matt Lee is the Co-Founder of Lead Generation Experts. Founded in 2012, Lead Generation Experts helps building materials manufacturers improve their digital marketing strategy.

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