The construction industry is one of the most conservative industries in terms of change. Yet, the industry is facing the potential for a dramatic shift. Why? Our main conventional methods are the result of a culmination of incremental changes, but the state of the art has reached a plateau in performance and quality, while the prices and environmental impacts continue increasing.
This could indicate that the industry is about to undergo a paradigm shift; changes so radical that the quality and performance will take a huge leap, while costs will decrease. We have seen a similar occurence in the information industry with technology developing rapidly and costs going down.
There are a number of factors which would drive a shift:
Market demand for environmentally friendly construction and energy systems.
Environmental regulations and targets impacting materials supplies, land and emissions.
Economic pressures to lower costs of construction.
Increasing energy prices driving more efficient buildings.
High cost of land development seeks relief by lowering infrastructure costs.
Materials and indoor air quality could become regulated in home construction.
Increasing costs with no perceived increase in quality on part of consumers.
Urban sprawl problems, transportation problems.
We would like to offer our expertise in the technical and marketing and strategic planning for the construction industry in addressing the issues for a prosperous and pro-active business initiative. If you feel that these issues concern your business plans and would like to discuss what you need, we would be very interested to hear from you, wherever you are located on the planet.
We can assist the builder to develop and provide a product which adds value while staying in the range of competitive offerings. Typically, the home would have less than 50 per cent of the energy consumption of present standard market offerings, while staying within 10 per cent of the market for comparable products. The standards and performance of the home would fall between the R2000 standards and market standards, although in some cases could exceed all present standards of performance, depending on the parameters and the construction and development details adopted by the developer and builder.
The EnerGuide for new homes, soon to be launched by the Office of Energy Efficiency will provide a way to measure the performance improvements offered by selected builders. Will your company offer environmental and energy efficient options to the market?
The future is ours if we can see it and move with it.