Residential construction isn’t always quick to adopt new technologies. That said, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone these days—executive to laborer—who isn’t using a smartphone to augment some aspect of their job. Meanwhile, more than 20% of builders say they’re experimenting with drones, while others report they’re using 3D printers. And even those technologies seem minuscule when compared with robots that can lay 1,000 bricks per hour or install steel studs, sheetrock, or tile.
Technology is taking over the home building industry at a rate that would seem preposterous to someone 20 years ago. According to author and construction lawyer Barry LePatner, builders better get used to it if they’re going to meet the demand for 100 billion additional square feet of living space by 2030…read more