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Top Residential Construction trends

Construction is a rapidly changing field. For that reason, it is vital for construction professionals to keep up with the existing and upcoming changes in the field. Starting from 2016, there is a noticeable shift of attention in the field. Even though according to reports, construction spending did not meet the last year goals, economists have made predictions of growth of at least 5% in the value of starts this year 2017 going by Dodge Data & Analytics.

That being said, it goes without saying that keeping up with the latest trends in residential construction can help you have a complete perspective of the industry and remain competitive.

It is also crucial to note that in spite of the positive predictions, a feeling of uncertainty in the industry is present. Having spoken to various experts from the construction industry just to learn about their vision of residential construction trends, below is an overview of some of the thoughts about the major residential construction trends at the moment. They include:

  1. Prefab Houses – these refer to built-in components, modules or transportable sections which qualify for use in the construction of homes. For prefabricated houses, it is vital to note that there are usually two level home plans and the custom home plans. This is what makes the considerable difference in the final construction. More specifically modular homes are usually created in sections and the transported to the actual site for installation much like typical homes.
  2. Yurt – this refers to a portable round tent that is covered on all round to provide a dwelling place. One of the issues which makes it appealing is the fact that its construction design allows for it to be dismantled and the parts carried compactly for rebuilding at an alternative site. Bear in mind the fact that its setting up usually takes a short period of time. It becomes apparent, then, yurts can offer notable flexibility and in a cost-efficient way.
  3. Micro Apartment – they are commonly referred to as microflats. They are single roomed self-contained living spaces that are purposefully built to accommodate sitting space, bathroom, kitchen and sleeping space within an average of 4-10 square metres. In certain instances, residents looking forward to occupying these flats may also be given access to communal kitchen, communal showers or roof garden. The only question in this case has to do with the functionality of this building structure in the long run. Nevertheless, it still remains as an eye-catching and very interesting option.
  4. Shipping Container Houses – commonly referred to as ISO container homes. They are purposefully created out of any available type of container transporting good across the globe. So what makes it such a super-hot trend? Well, ISO container houses have proven to be an alternative to storage container houses having become one of the much sort after trends by just about anyone.
  5. Modular Housing – they are sectional prefabricated buildings or homes which comprise of multiple sections called modules. Usually the module sections are constructed offsite and then delivered to the intended site for use. It is vital to note that the modules set for use in the construction are placed either side by side, end to end or stacked to allow for a wide variety of configurations depending on the initially agreed on building layout. An interesting choice that provides significant flexibility on design.
  6. Sustainable / Green building – it refers to any structure and construction process which involves the use of environmentally responsible resources. More specifically, it involves the establishment of a perfect balance between home building and maintaining sustainable environment. Alternative materials with extremely low environmental impact can be used in such cases. One good example could be hempcrete. A material that starts gaining more and more popularity during the last years. In general, green building is expected to offer great help in the industry in the not so distant future, as a need for a more ecological-friendly orientation in construction is emerging.
  7. 3D printed homes – it is by far the most interesting trend expected to take center shape in 2017. You will be happy to learn that the prototype reportedly built and entire house within a period of 20 hours which in comparison to the 7 months for most conventional building process is impressive. This can offer a remarkable boost to the whole industry and unlock magnificent possibilities for the near future.


Everything taken into consideration, focusing on the above mentioned construction trends serves as guarantee to clearly have an edge in anything construction related. The construction industry is changing and by catching up with all the latest trends and updates, you can make sure that you get one step closer to success.


About the author: Anastasios Koutsogiannis is working as marketing coordinator in GenieBelt, a construction management software company based in Denmark.

The Most Sustainable Building Materials for Everyday Construction!

A variety of building materials for improved construction


Why is it so important to have sustainable building materials? With the increasing rise in the global population, the need for accommodation is a huge necessity. However, the current construction materials are quite unsustainable, producing high quantities of carbon (IV) oxide. Such is during construction and also in the entire life of the building.

Despite this, there is a huge light at the end of the tunnel. Through improved technology and innovation, global accommodation is now very possible. So, what types of building materials should you use? Here, we will look at five compelling construction options!


The Best Types of Sustainable Building Materials

  1. Wool bricks
  2. Solar tiles
  3. Sustainable concrete
  4. Paper insulation
  5. Triple-glazed windows


1.    Wool Bricks

A house under expert construction!

Scottish and Spanish researchers first developed it. They identified the use of wool blocks as a non-toxic and more sustainable construction material. Besides, these types of building materials are robust and durable. If you’re a gardener, such materials would go well in constructing the best pole saw for your garden! Its strength is as a result of adding natural polymer and wool, found in seaweed, to the brick’s clay.

Also, while compared to other bricks, they are 37% stronger and more resistant to cold and wet climatic conditions. They reduce energy consumption as they dry rather quickly while compared to the traditional bricks which require the use of heat.


2.    Solar Tiles

Traditional roofing tiles are produced using heat intensive methods such as the use of concrete or clay. Although they usually protect you from dangerous weather conditions once installed, they also absorb significant amounts of sunlight. Therefore, construction companies are using this strategy to manufacture solar tiles.

Unlike other types of solar units which are installed on top of the roof, these tiles are fully fixed into the building. As a result, it continues protecting you from adverse weather conditions as it generates power for your everyday use!


3.    Sustainable Concrete

In most cases, 95% of the carbon (IV) oxide produced by buildings is because of the amount of heat and energy consumed after construction. However, there is a lot you can do to reduce the 5% caused by the building process. Where else other that in choosing the best kind of concrete?

It is important because concrete is used in almost all building projects. Besides, it has caused close to 10% of global carbon (IV) oxide emissions. More sustainable concrete materials you could choose to add are:

  • Crushed glass
  • Wood slag or chips (steel manufacturing by-product)

Are these changes radically transforming concrete? Well, no, but adding materials that would have otherwise turned to waste goes a long way in reducing the level of carbon (IV) oxide emissions.


Cracks on the walls shows the poor quality of building concrete


4.    Paper Insulation

A perfectly installed paper insulator!

Using recycled cardboards and newspapers to make paper insulations is far much better than using synthetic foams. They are non-flammable and insect resistant materials because of inclusion of elements such as boric acid, borax, and calcium carbonate. So where can you use paper insulations in construction? You can use them to fill cracks, in cavity walls, and in making a draft-free home space.


5.    Triple Glazed Windows

An elegant installation of glass windows!

These are upper-efficient construction materials. Their three layers and full insulation enables them to store more heat. They use krypton which is a more expensive but better when it comes to insulation. Hence, they are better than the double-glazed windows which use argon in both layers of glass. Besides, they also come with low-emissivity coatings which prevent further loss of heat!


Which type of sustainable building material will you choose for your building? Keep in mind that selecting a combination of all five brings out sustainable, efficient and effective results. Do not be discouraged if the construction takes longer than expected as the end product is quite impressive. For instance, in gardening growing an amazing crop of garlic may take time but the end results are highly profitable!

You now have a good guideline to help you choose the correct building materials. Remember to share this knowledge across all channels and let’s keep this discussion alive. Also, are there any other types of sustainable building materials that you’ve used? Were they successful?


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Lake Passaic


Even though people often don’t think of New Jersey as nature oasis, if you scratch beneath the automobile industry and railroads you will find that this state has an impressive amount of parks and green surfaces. A genuine beauty of New Jersey lies in its natural wonders. It is not just about the beautiful green views and compelling environment but about activities that those offer as well. Plenty of those outdoor activities are possible due to the existence of the Lake Passaic. What is it? Why is it important and what it brought to New Jersey? Keep reading and find out!


Many people don’t know about this prehistoric proglacial lake. It doesn’t surprise us since it existed at the end of the last ice age which means about 19,000- 14,000 years ago. Lake Passaic was located in northern New Jersey, and it was formed of waters that came from the melting Wisconsin Glacier. For several hundred years the lake persisted on its place Meanwhile natural process’ drained the former lake basin through erosion and with the help of melting ice. With the lake in place, the Passaic River had to take an alternative route through the northern Watchung Mountains before the final spilling.

Today, the old Lake Passaic doesn’t exist in its original form, but in the place of the former lake basin, there is Passaic Meadows.  It includes Black, Meadows, Troy Meadows, Little Piece Meadows, Hatfield Swamp, Glenhurst Meadows, Bog and Vly Meadows and the Great Swamp. These creations provide biological diversity and a habitat for various plants and animals. Meanwhile, they contribute to the residents of New Jersey by offering outdoor recreational opportunities.  

Discovery of the Lake Passaic

The existence of Lake Passaic was hidden to the world until Professor George Hammell Cook didn’t bring it to attention. He first spoke about the lake in the New Jersey Annual Report of the State Geologist for the Year 1880. He described the area as flat-topped hills that appeared to be created by the water of a lake. State geologist John Smock began the actual discovery of the lake by uncovering traces that were a guarantee of the lake’s existence. It was not until 1893 when, finally, geologists Rollin Salisbury and Henry B. Kummel confirmed the existence of the ancient lake. They published the entire wave cut terraces and delta deposits study in a report called Lake Passaic – An Extinct Glacial Lake, which was a part of the New Jersey Annual Report of the State Geologist for the Year 1893.

Precious remnants of the lake

The remains of the extinct glacial Lake Passaic was found in swamps across the northern Jersey. Most important and prominent swamp where the influence of the Lake Passaic is proven is the notable Great Swamp. It lies in the south of Morris County and is famous for the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

The Great Swap National Wildlife Refuge was created and established in 1960 as a project of the National Wildlife Refuge System that established another 550 refuges. In May 1966 the refuge got a prestigious title of being a National Natural Landmark. It was the first wilderness area within the Department of the Interior.

This vibrant area is a feeding hub and migration-resting location for over 244 species of birds. Birds who migrate through the eastern part of the US follow the route that includes the Great Swamp as a central resting and feeding place.

For many species of birds, the Great Swamp is their permanent habitat. But birds aren’t the only species of animals that live here. Raccoons, snakes, turtles, deer, fish and countless insects all contribute to restoring biodiversity by residing in this protected area. The Great Swamp has a significant role in improving the quality of water by acting as a natural filtrating system.

New Jersey may be an urban, modern and industrial state that develops both economically and culturally each day, however, its foundations are in the natural wonders it hides. One of those is the ancient Lake Passaic with its remaining waters and the Great Swamp as one of the most ecologically worthy locations in the US. We at Fortified Roofing, a local New Jersey roofing company are extremely happy to be surrounded by such a wildlife and natural beauties where ever we go.

Solar Panels

Harvesting the power of the sun on your rooftop

Eco-friendly and green living are becoming more and more popular in this modern age, where new technologies are being developed every day. But what’s more important, is that the new technologies allow for a more sustainable and eco-friendly life. When it comes to roofs, you can now install renewable energy systems, and the best solution for that are solar roofing systems. Even though the eco-friendly methods of roofing are still expensive, people are starting to see the benefits for both them and nature.

Solar systems are very popular and, what is more important, very energy efficient. With them you can save money and take care of your environment.  

When it comes to efficient production of electricity at home, a solar electric or photovoltaic system is the best choice because it doesn’t cause pollution and is, at the same time, a cost-effective power supply.This rooftop solar system is installed in the form of solar panels which have come a long way since their beginnings and are now more efficient. They use the energy from the sun to power your house and create electricity.

The first thing you need to do when considering solar rooftop techniques is to find out how energy-efficient you home is. It will help you get the most out of your solar system. There is a helpful checklist on GreenGarden Chicken that can help you with that.

There are two basic kinds of solar technologies for roofs, which are also some of the most popular: photovoltaic and thermal.

  • Photovoltaic cells use solar power to create electricity.  Through these cells, light is directly converted intoelectric power for your home. What makes them sustainable and eco-friendly is that they do not pollute the air nor do they emit greenhouse gasses. They are reliable, affordable, energy-efficient and cost-effective.
  • Thermal solar system is also very useful, efficient and good for the environment. With it, you can heat the water in your house, as well as air, which reduces the need for other types of heating that waste energy and create pollution. This system also uses sunlight as its power source. Once the water is heated it will stay in a tank where it was stored, and can be used whenever. This system also reduces utility bills and the emissions of harmful gasses.

Before changing or replacing your roof, you should explore your options, get informed, and consider the best option for your house. For example, when thinking about solar panels, you should take into consideration that they need a lot of sun to produce enough energy, which means that they will have the most effect in parts that have a lot of sunlight throughout the day.

If you have any doubts or questions about your roof solutions, you can turn to Fortified Roofing, a one of the top New Jersey roofing companies.


All of your questions regarding green roofing answered!

With each new environmental analysis, we become more aware of the situation our planet is in. Results showing high levels of carbon dioxide, ozone, and other harmful gasses in the atmosphere should be an alarming wake-up call to everyone. However, the majority of people still don’t comprehend the role they play and their influence on the end results of those researches.  

Science and technology are hitting their maximum and yet we are not using them like we should. In the 21st century, there  are numerous sustainable ways of building and living. From wasting less water to implementing green building options and transforming our properties into energy-efficient machines. One of those sustainable options is green roofing.

Green layers, instead of regular concrete roofs, are slowly taking over homes all across America. This roofing technology is the ultimate combination of developed industry and eco-friendly building code. Green roofing has countless benefits and helps boost the overall efficiency of your entire property.Even though it’s a significant financial investment, your money will be quickly recouped by monthly energy savings.  You will also make a tremendous step in helping the environment and setting an example for your community.


Except for the exotic appearance, there is one more thing that makes green roof such a powerful weapon in the battle for a better environment and solid roofing option. The green roof has a unique structure allowing it to function in a way no other roofing material and system can.  The secret to its efficiency are several layers.  Each layer has its primary purpose, and they are all interconnected. A green roof is a perfect mechanism in which all layers have to operate correctly.

Roof substrate is covered with a unbiodegradable waterproof membrane. Membrane keeps interior free of leaks and protects and exterior of your home preventing any excess moisture from destroying it. A waterproof membrane is protected with a unique fabric underneath the drainage system. The drainage system is a crucial part of the green roof.  It channels the water away from your roof and workers put another unique fabric over it. The fabric prevents clogging the system with engineered soil that is situated on top of it. Soil keeps vegetation on top of the roof vital and provides it with all elements needed for nourishment.  


Advantages of a green roof are endless. Green roofing promises you a stable and long lasting roof and also helps restore environment so you, and all of us, could relish longer in it.

The green roof is a highly durable roofing option thanks to its complex structure. You will spend a minimum amount of money for roof repairs because problems are very unlikely to appear. Unlike asphalt shingles, green vegetation can withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Instead of constantly emptying your wallet, you will profit on energy savings. Vegetation acts as an isolator which means you will be protected from extreme summer heat and low winter temperatures. Your monthly bills for heating and air conditioning will undoubtedly drop. If you ever wish to sell your property, you will be able to list it by a higher price. Green roof adds significant value to your property and buyers appreciate it as well. So, even though the starting expense is high, from a long-term perspective, green roofing will save you a tremendous amount of money.

Environmentally speaking, green roofing is the best possible roofing option. It boosts environment in numerous ways. When revising influence on the environment, we have to divide global and local level. On a local level, green roofs contribute to the visual appeal of your community. Green surfaces can significantly refresh the gray picture of city’s sky view. We at Fortified Roofing, NJ roofing company, say that you can also motivate your neighbors to act more environmentally friendly and consider other sustainable ways of living. You can simply boost your community’s reputation and therefore, help increase economic activity. Ona global level, green roofing can fight off acid rains which destroy hundreds of green surfaces. It reduces the effect of heat island and lowers levels of carbon dioxide in the air. It also improves the overall quality of water and air. 


A shingle roof is one of the most important aspects of a home exterior to maintain. A sound roof system is critical to keeping your home dry, warm in winter, and cool in summer. Once any component of that system becomes damaged or compromised you could find yourself with more than just leaks. Left unrepaired, you may end up with ruined insulation, mold, and rot, to name a few possibilities.

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Digital Tech in Construction and Housing

Digitalization is overwhelmingly taking most industries by storm, but the construction industry has been the slowest and most hesitant in accepting it. When it comes to the construction industry, however, the benefits of digital tech are multiple. It increases efficiency, accuracy, standards of quality, workplace safety, success rates, and decreases the possibility for errors and accidents. Everything is done in a shorter amount of time, and all of it, in turn, results in lower overall cost of the project.

Digital tech and digitalization in general have proven helpful in nearly every aspect of construction – from the idea’s inception and the process of designing, to the construction itself and the maintenance of the building. It covers all grounds and facilitates everything through team’s communication and the arrangements of the project to the actual physical work of constructing.

The bar has been raised very high and demands for new technology are greater, so it is no wonder there are so many cutting-edge products on the market at the moment, or in the process of development and manufacture. Drones, robots, 3D printing, smart technology and different software are all making a difference in construction.

New smart technology and software

Mobile devices, tablets, apps, and project management software have become an integral part in construction. They have contributed greatly to the improvement of workplace efficiency and safety. They help with and keep track of various aspects of the project – from the workers to the materials used. BIM, for example, represents a key change. It is short for Building Information Modelling, software that replaces all the unnecessary paper, such as blueprints, drawings and all other paperwork. With BIM everything is digitalized and stored in one place, accessible to everyone at any time. All the information and all the participants of the project are connected better, which makes collaboration, communication and coordination much easier.

It can also be connected to other smart technology such as smart vests and helmets. According to Fortified Roofing  a roofing company in NJ, they can be used to track the well-being of a worker – their temperature, heart rate, and overall physical condition, or for different kinds of measurements at a jobsite using built-in sensors. The software can then collect and analyze data from the vests and helmets about the workers’ health, as well as keep track of the project’s developmental stages and results, and estimate and prevent hazardous situations. They help keep the entire process organized, safe and successful.

When it comes to sensor technologies, there are also many ways of surveying and monitoring the site as efficiently as possible, as well as keeping track of workers, equipment, and construction phases. This can all be done through drones, GPS tracking, video surveillance, and even mobile devices. What it includes is everything from securing the perimeter when it is unsupervised, at night for example, to surveying the site and gathering information on workers, different resources and equipment. The more detailed information gathered and analyzed, the better the overall quality of the end result.

With 3D printers and scanners, it is possible to build actual or virtual models. Models can be built in different stages of construction, for comparison purposes, for analysis, to check for oversights, reduce the possibility for mistakes and future corrections. This is very significant and important since it can reduce the time and cost of construction.

While many in the construction industry have traditionally been weary of and resistant towards new technologies, the improvements and better results are not lacking. Interest is growing, and awareness of the many benefits of technology is increasing.

Purchasing a new roof for your home may seem like a huge task with the variety of roofing replacement options available. The expense of a new roof may also seem a bit overwhelming.

Frequently asked questions when considering purchasing a new roof for your home:

  • What qualifications should a roofing contractor have?
  • What is the appropriate roof for my particular home?
  • How much does a new roof cost?
  • How will my home, contents, and family be protected during the installation process?

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When building a new home or re-roofing your current home, choosing the color of roofing shingles may prove challenging. You can’t just pick your favorite color as it might not harmonize well with the color scheme of your home.

It is imperative that you pick a proper roof color. Unfortunately, the process can be overwhelming since there are numerous colors and styles to choose from. This post will give you some important guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a roof color.

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