Technologies Transforming the Building and Housing Industries, What’s Next in 2024

Nov 13, 2023

The building and housing industries have long been integral to society, shaping the way we live and interact with our environments. As technology continues to advance, it's no surprise that these industries are at the forefront of innovation, continually evolving to meet the demands of the modern world.

In this article, we'll explore innovations set to reshape these industries. From 3D technology to smart homes and sustainable materials, we'll delve into the practical impacts of these technologies on business in these sectors.

Efficiency and sustainability are no longer options but necessities for companies in these industries. These emerging technologies offer opportunities for businesses to streamline their operations, meet market demands, and stay competitive.

3D Technology

3D technology has made waves in various industries, and the construction sector is no exception. Although it isn’t entirely a new concept, 3D scanning technology in the building and housing industries has progressively been evolving over the years. This technology allows for the precise and rapid capture of three-dimensional data from physical objects and environments. 

While initially employed primarily for surveying and documentation purposes, 3D scanning has evolved to offer a wide array of applications across these sectors. In the construction phase, 3D scanning is an invaluable tool for quality control and inspection. Additionally, architects, engineers, and construction professionals can use this technology to create detailed, accurate models of a building or site.

Beyond the construction phase, 3D scanning supports facility management. Building owners and managers can use scanned data to create digital twins of structures, offering a comprehensive view of the building's layout and infrastructure. Real estate and interior design professionals are also leveraging 3D scanning technology. It enables the creation of virtual tours of properties, offering prospective buyers or renters a realistic walkthrough experience.


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Aside from 3D scanning, companies like KTI Kawada Group are going one step further and integrating 3D technology into worker’s gear. The company's 3D digital welding mask  incorporates a small camera system with a unique optical design into the welding protection surface (welding mask unit), and uses the latest image synthesis technology to digitize the welder's field of view with overwhelming clarity.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM is a powerful digital technology that revolutionises the design and construction process. It enables architects, engineers, and contractors to collaborate more effectively by creating 3D models of buildings that incorporate all relevant data and information. BIM helps reduce errors, streamline project management, and improve overall efficiency, ultimately resulting in cost savings.


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COST BIM® is a new-age cost estimation tool that uses BIM models. Equipped with tools to automatically create objects (parts) and automatically place interior finishes, this saves time on the time-consuming task of modeling interior finishes. It also calculates the quantities of detailed items from interior finishing objects (parts) using cost estimation methods.

Take part in the BIM Zone at the 3rd Digital Construction Expo Tokyo!

The show will feature exhibitors like Autodesk and Nikon-Trimble showcasing products related to 3D scanning, VR/AR, BIM services, drones, graphical tools, and more.

 December 13-15, 2023 | Tokyo Big Sight, Japan

Smart Homes

The concept of smart homes is no longer confined to science fiction; it's a reality that is growing rapidly. Smart home technologies integrate IoT (Internet of Things) devices to enhance convenience, security, and energy efficiency. These systems allow homeowners to control lighting, heating, cooling, security, and more through their smartphones or voice commands, making homes safer and more efficient.


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Hanwha Vision's AI-equipped cameras are equipped with trained AI, eliminating the need for learning time, analysis servers, and separate running costs. By combining it with an AI function compatible recorder, it can be used in intrusion detection, foot traffic scanning, heat map analysis that can improve flow lines and further strengthen crime prevention, and more.

Sustainable Construction Materials

The drive toward sustainability is a dominant trend in the building and housing industries. Developers and builders are increasingly adopting eco-friendly materials like recycled steel, bamboo, and engineered wood. Innovations like carbon-negative concrete and self-healing materials are reducing the environmental impact of construction while maintaining structural integrity.


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Suitable for almost all kinds of finish and treatment, oak engineered flooring is not only more sustainable and cheaper than solid wood, but it is also known for its elegant pattern, dense structure, and flexible mechanical property.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

AR and VR technologies are not only transforming how buildings are designed but also how they are marketed and sold. Architects and designers use AR and VR to create immersive 3D models of spaces, allowing clients to experience the design before construction begins. Additionally, these technologies are employed in real estate to offer virtual property tours and showcase potential designs to prospective buyers.


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Clutch Works Co., Ltd. offers comprehensive services for interior VR production from planning, development, implementation, and operation of promotional support tools (CG/VR/video, etc.) and systems tailored to their customers' usage scenarios and needs.

Drones and Robotics

Drones and robots have become invaluable tools in the construction industry. Drones can survey construction sites, monitor progress, and inspect hard-to-reach areas. Meanwhile, construction robots can perform tasks like bricklaying, reducing labour costs and improving safety. These technologies increase efficiency and accuracy while reducing the risk to workers.


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Drillcorpio (D3) is an automatic drilling and anchor installation robot for both wall and ceiling. Equipped with a dust vacuuming system, it can simultaneously drill holes and clean up dust, minimising the need for post-work cleanup and improving efficiency.

Find all these latest technologies at JAPAN BUILD!

The exhibition will also consist of eight specialised shows, each focusing on a different aspect of the building and housing industries. 

 December 13-15, 2023 | Tokyo Big Sight, Japan

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