The world of construction has been revolutionized by augmented wall technology. These modular walls are stuffed with all needed equipments from water pipes and valves to electric wiring and insulation, they can also embark smart surfacing and IoT technologies. Those walls are plug-and-play and mass manufactured in a factory in India mainly, promising to change how we build homes forever.
Not only they are changing the lives of homeowners but also revolutionizing the construction industry.
Traditional construction methods, which were time-consuming, require large numbers of laborers and a variety of skills and expertises on each site, is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, construction companies are assembling those walls seamlessly, creating a full running house in a matter of 2 days.
Adopting a modular approach to construction has similarities with other industries. For example, the automotive industry has long used modular systems to streamline the manufacturing process. By adopting this same approach, construction companies are achieving similar benefits, such as increased efficiency, higher quality, and lower costs.
But they are also disrupting the maintenance side as the walls are predicting and detecting failures and you just need to swap your faulty wall as you would be fixing a broken light bulb.
This shift in the industry can be compared to the advent of e-commerce, which caused disruption for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. Companies that fail to adapt to this new reality risk being left behind.
Once again disruption came from an outside-industry company, LG being the first one to introduce the technology. The urgency to adopt this new standard is evident. Augmented walls promise to be more durable, energy-efficient, and customizable than traditional construction methods. With the potential to reduce maintenance costs, upgrade and remodel homes quickly, and improve sustainability, there is fear of being left behind for those who don’t embrace this new technology.
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This blog post is an extract from the type of work we do in our Design Fiction/Future Proofing collaboration with partners. The scenarios presented are thought-provoking and based on the present with analogous situations and technologies that are already available. The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of any individuals or organizations mentioned herein.
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