Latest Trends in High Rise Buildings / Skyscrapers Construction

Tall buildings past and present trendsSkyscrapers have been long part of urban cityscapes. They are typically found in busy and dense urban areas and are considered especially convenient for commercial and business areas.

Today, skyscrapers are an increasingly common sight where land is expensive, as in the centers of big cities, because they provide such a high ratio of rentable floor space per unit area of land.

History of High Rise

With our growing technological pace it is hard to imagine that the first skyscrapers were built in the 1880s! Although high rise apartments of over 10 stories have been found in Ancient Roman civilisations. The structural definition of the word skyscraper was refined later by architectural historians, based on engineering developments of the 1880s that had enabled construction of tall multi-story buildings. This definition was based on the steel skeleton as opposed to constructions of load-bearing masonry.

The American technological revolution of 1880 to 1890 saw a burst of creativity in architecture and civil structure technology. It produced a wave of new inventions that helped architects to build higher than ever before: Bessemer steel, formed into I-sections in the new rolling mills which enabled taller and more flexible frame design than the cast iron of the previous era; the newly-patented sprinkler head allowed buildings to escape the strict, 23-metre height limit, which was imposed to control the risk of fire; and the patenting of AC electricity allowed elevators to be electrically powered and rise to ten or more stories.

Need for High Rise

Reasons for taking the trend of constructing high rise buildingsAs urbanisation becomes a key aspect of modern living, the need for space is essential. Cities find it far more convenient to build vertically than to spread horizontally. This is a key factor in managing city infrastructure and makes it easier for the governing bodies to manage the demands of a growing population.

The design and construction of skyscrapers involves creating safe, habitable spaces in very tall buildings. The buildings must support their weight, resist wind and earthquakes, and protect occupants from fire. Yet they must also be conveniently accessible, even on the upper floors, and provide utilities and a comfortable climate for the occupants. The problems posed in skyscraper design are considered among the most complex encountered given the balances required between economics, engineering, and construction management.

Sustainability

In recent years the term Sustainability has turned from a trend to a necessity. Sustainability in the context of high rise buildings includes the built and natural environments, including the performance of structures, types of materials, construction practices, absolute minimal use of materials and natural resources, energy within the structure, and a holistically integrated building systems approach.

Sustainability covers economic benefit, resource efficiency, environmental protection and social development. Well developed building codes are now geared towards sustainability. It is common practice for local and central government to build committees to provide sustainability and environmental codes. These codes must keep in mind both sustenance and business in mind. The LEED certification is an internationally recognised green building standard that has found great acceptance around the globe.

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How to Maintain the Street Lights

Street light maintenance practices and proceduresA city must be prepared to take all the measures to create a lively, safe and sustainable spaces. Besides procurement of new products and initiating new projects to make the city better it is equally important to have a maintenance plan in place. The maintenance plan will ensure that the right actions are taken in a timely manner. A maintenance plan is also essential in ensuring the sustenance and long term success of the projects initiated by the city or the government.

Besides roads and walkways, lighting is a key aspect of city development. Lighting provides a safe, crime-free and economically viable spaces for the city. They add to the night-time atmosphere by highlighting buildings and monuments, improving wayfinding, improving accessibility and creating safe spaces in the city for interaction and engagement. Lighting is a capital heavy investment made by the city and must be managed with care after the installation is done. It is important for the city to create well-developed and articulate maintenance plans for lighting and light-scaping.

In this blog post we will discuss the intricacies of managing and maintaining streetlights.

Planning for lighting

Before one actions out a project for new lamp posts or replacing streetlights, it is important to create a good plan. As investing in street lighting for a city or even an area is a large-scale project for the city. It is essential to plan the project well and also understand the economic impact on the city for a project of this scale.

In our previous post we recommended a clear five step process plan for this:

  • Prepare (develop a business case or financial and technical feasibility analysis)
  • Fund (through internal and/or external sources, including financing options)
  • Define (develop the Project Plan, Design Plan, and Communication Plans)
  • Procure (purchase the materials, the installers and the project managers)
  • Manage (ongoing oversight, liaison with key stakeholders, reporting and ensuring electricity and maintenance savings are flowing through to councils)

Factoring Maintenance during the Design and Execution Phase

Choose between LED and HPS street lightsThere are many items and actions that can be included in the design phase itself. Assessing factors like the city’s staffing capabilities, power availability, areas of high density and others can be extremely effective in planning and choosing design schemes that will work best for the city.

Materials chosen

While in some situations it might be cheaper to choose Sodium Lamps. If there are a long term plan and a larger budget, the city can consider LED Lights as well.

“The projected lifetime of LED street lights is usually 10 to 15 years, two to four times the life of currently prevalent HPS. (LEDs themselves do not generally fail or “burn out” in a way comparable to other technologies, and barring catastrophic failure of other mechanical or electronic components of the LED fixture, lifetimes are typically set by a decrease in luminous output of 30%. But the functional lifetime of a LED fixture is limited by the weakest link; associated drive electronics are typically projected to last about 50,000 hrs. If realized in practice, the less frequent need to service or replace LEDs will mean lower maintenance cost.”

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Top 8 Home Building and Construction Blogs

8 building blogs for home construction professionalsWith so many changes coming to the construction industry, it is important for every construction professional to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements, news, trends, technology, and design. If you are working on a new construction project or about to begin a remodelling project, ProjectLink can help you to have a list of excellent resources for finding the information quickly. The list of the top 8 home building and construction blogs on this page can be of great benefit to you.

This handy list of construction blogs covers a broad range of topics. These blogs will give home builders, project managers, architects, and contractors the knowledge they need to be plugged into the right resources. Interior designers and project managers would appreciate the content here as it offers information on the construction strategies and information on the latest developments in the industry.

These blogs are a great source of information for anyone in construction looking to garner an understanding of the latest trends and innovations shaping the Australia’s construction industry.

  1. Cladding Ideas for Australian Houses

    Get 5 gorgeous yet durable cladding ideas for construction of Australian houses, including, stone, vinyl, weatherboards, metal, and fiber cement cladding.
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  2. How to Make a Completely Insulated House?

    Weatherproof your house, from heat and cold, with a proper insulation of attic, walls, and basements.
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  3. How to Prevent Fire Hazards at Home and Office

    Guide for most basic safety precautions to prevent fire risks at homes and offices. Also, find the top suppliers of fire safety equipment in Australia.
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  4. How to Transform Ordinary Homes to Exotic Residences

    Discover top trending styles and ideas that can help you make your homes look like exotic residences.
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  5. Home Flooring Ideas that will Add the ‘Wow’ Factor

    Explore top flooring ideas including hardwood, bamboo, cork, vinyl, and laminate flooring with all their advantages and disadvantages.
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  6. Indoor and Outdoor Furniture Trends for 2017

    Discover top ideas to transform indoor and outdoor spaces including modern, contemporary, antique furniture etc.
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  7. Alternatives to Wood in Construction

    There are 4 light weighted, fire and heat proof long lasting alternative materials to wood including, wood composites, bamboo, hemp, and stones.
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  8. Trending Ideas for Fencing and Screening at Home and Office

    Top trending ideas for screening, fencing and partition with glass, plants, and classic divider screens at your home and office.
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Top 8 recommended home building blogs

Source: https://www.projectlink.com.au/blog/top-8-construction-and-home-building-blogs/