Hot topics and trends

The building and construction science domains are always changing. Below is an attempt to identify some (perceived) trends in the field, ordered across three broad categories: architecture and built environment, building science, and engineering. This list of course is a snapshot only, and subjective - but it can be a good starting point for anyone wanting to do research on these subjects, or for reading up on the latest trends.

Trends in architecture and the built environment:

  • Energy crisis > energy saving measures
  • Decarbonization
  • netZero Energy Buildings (or nearZero) > nZEB
  • Smart Buildings and Cities
  • 3D printing
  • Circular and low carbon economy
  • Climate Change > mitigation and adaptation
  • Biodiversity
  • Active facades and building envelopes
  • Living walls and green roofs
  • Renovation and retrofit

Hot Topics in building science:

  • building resilience
  • occupant behaviour
  • security and safety
  • air quality > health < Covid-19
  • norms and standards > EPC
  • accuracy and reliability
  • validation and verification
  • robots in construction
  • unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones
  • automated meter reading

Trends in engineering:

  • Electrification
  • Digital Twins
  • Blockchain
  • Machine Learning¬†
  • Data science
  • Cloud computing
  • Optimization and control
  • Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Edge computing
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