Innovation in Construction Materials 2019

Innovation in Construction Materials 2019

Digital revolution is gaining momentum in the construction industry where we have drones, virtual reality, BIM Services, project management, and more. Technology advancement is going next level where development in concrete and other construction materials have been changing rapidly.

Many of the building materials in today’s construction era have an adverse impact on the environment.  With these issues, many engineers have researched about adopting new building material that can be an alternative and used in the construction to isolate its impact on construction time.

Due to a rise in climate change and humanity’s environmental effect, carbon reduction is becoming a major concern for the coming years. Many owners, engineers, and designers have taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with their products and research methods.

All the building material that laid a negative impact on the environment has led to sustainable construction innovations that will reduce the production of carbon dioxide, along with improving the building’s durability and reduce energy bills.

Trends about innovative building construction materials for 2019

Some innovative construction materials can aid in revolutionizing the construction industry and help us build a sustainable future of projects.

Translucent Wood

It can be used to make windows, and solar panels wherein the initial phase wood veneer needs to be lined and do nanoscale tailoring of wood. Due to its cheap source value, it can aid the projects to be benefitted from a lesser cost of the resource. It is believed that transparent wood is readily available, cheaper source, renewable, and of lower cost.

It can be used for commercial purposes and is mass produced. Transparent wood and replacing lignin with polymer make it as eco-friendly products against glass and plastic. When used in residential building purposes can reduce artificial lightning due to renewable properties.

Hydroceramic Bricks

Hydroceramic is a new material that is made out of clay and hydrogel to bring out cooling effect on the building interiors, which reduces the indoor temperature by 6 degree Celsius. Hydrogel absorbs up to 500 times its weight that reduces the temperature during summer.

As now the buildings are getting sustainable and have a cooling system installed that makes the structures more popular with lesser harm to the environment and makes it more durable for the construction industry.

Cigarette Butt Bricks

The impact of cigarette produced and consumed is adverse on the environment. Millions of cigarette butt wastes are collected annually. Materials that have chromium, nickel, and soil harm nature. Bricks made out of cigarette butt waster are lighter, energy-efficient, and aids in reducing cigarette butt wastes.

When you infuse cigarette waste in fired-clay bricks can help in reducing pollution away from the environment. By using cigarette butt in the brick-making process reduces waste and lessen the use of heavy metals used in a brick baking system.  It makes the material, durable, and energy efficient to save cost and time.

3D Printed Bio plastic

Another innovation that is prevailing in the construction industry is the use of Bioplastic furniture that is made out of waste materials such as wood chips, gypsum, and oat bran with a fungus named as Ganoderma lucidum. This fungus can shatter waste products and leave a strong structural material called as Bioplastic materials.

The combined process of making Bioplastic furniture requires low energy, pollution free, and low technology for its creation. Many construction firms use 3D large printers to build complex and sophisticated designs from floors to facades and entire building components. Bioplastic furniture would help with waste reduction and sustainability.

Breathe Bricks

Breathe Bricks can gulp the contaminated particles in the air, and there forth releases filtered air. This brick is designed to be a part of the building’s ventilation system. It has two-layered façade that has bricks on the outside and installation on the inside. Heavy air particles in the air can be collected and kept in a removable box through a cyclone filtration system.

It is a technology that can be applied to construction processes that get configured into the wall with a window and a cooling system. Breathe Bricks can filter 30% fine particles and 100% dust particles and is becoming popularly used in the future as a building material to ensure a better quality of life for occupants.

Hydrophobic Cement

Hydrophobic Cement is also known as Illuminating cement and Light Generating cement. This type of new material is where the cement traps the light from the sun during the day and releases in the night, creating a glowing surface that will influence the road construction in 2019. It creates a glowing surface effect that at times, makes the builder saves on lightning cost.

This cement is more durable than conventional cement and lasts long like more than 30 years. It can be used in a swimming pool and parking lots due to its ability to absorb and irradiate light and creates smart cement for coming projects.

Spider Silk

Artificial spider silk is believed to be 340 times stronger and more robust than steel and is going to be the coming trend of sustainable material the next generation construction industry would be using ahead.

3D printing with spider silk has changed the game of construction projects being conducted and creates a product made from water, silica, and cellulose, which makes it tougher than the steel and Kevlar components.

Self-Healing Concrete

Concrete is one such material that is porous and easily damageable is a major concern going in the construction industry. But due to the emergence of innovative building material known as self-healing concrete consists of living spores and water capsules in mixed concrete which can heal the cracks with its properties.  Often it is used for tunnels, bridges, and buildings to save cost and maintain it.


One of the most reliable materials in construction building material is Graphene, which contains physical properties that render beyond its limitations. Due to its physical properties, it makes the sheets or flakes much difficult when used on construction.

At the later stage, engineers made the possibility of using 3D Graphene in construction that got strengthen by a paper that is much stronger than steel and weigh more too if built a house with 3D Graphene.

Programmable Cement

Water and chemical resistance can be achieved by programmable cement in the construction projects. It is designed in a way to achieve less porous and more chemically resistant shapes. Concrete may cause a problem in building construction, but programmable cement is durable and lasts longer.


Building Construction Material in 2019 is going to bring a lot of innovations in the traditional method of processing the cement or making bricks for the building of components. Hence, any BIM Modeling Services company would take the building material that can lower the cost and be more efficient to conserve energy and streamline the building process.

Materials used in today’s world are more durable and lasts longer than traditional cement or bricks. All the innovative building materials are now focusing on the sustainability aspect of conserving the environment and on the health of occupants.

Written By:
Bhagwati Pathak
Bhagwati Pathak is an Executive Director at Tesla Outsourcing Services. Technical Project Management, BIM, Client Management, and Leadership are her forte. With an expertise in BIM and a flair for writing, her articles provide a direction to contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, and architects in employing the right methodology for an Architectural, Structural, or MEP CAD / BIM project.

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