New Building has an exciting and challenging task. Through automation and BIM, manufacturers can offer more and more tailor-made products and materials. The (recycled) raw materials of all manufactured elements will be included in a material passport, an important step in the circular economy.
Clients of houses, offices, hospitals, schools, stores, bridges and tunnels, and other buildings are faced with stricter environmental regulations through the raw materials agreement and wish to use circular materials, such as biobased or recycled materials, more often. Reducing the amount of fossil fuels used in production, transport, and use is increasingly important, as well as reducing the amount of materials used, and constructions that are safe during a fire or natural disaster.
Digital production techniques bring a completely new visual language, and 3D printing, CNC milling, and the use of robots for customised production are even starting to become mainstream. Smart materials that generate energy, are low-maintenance, ensure self-healing and self-cleaning constructions, and are interactive and communicative with built-in sensors: they are all ways to increase the comfort, convenience and safety of the user and their environment.