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The history of construction and tall buildings in particular, has been a narrative of constant innovation and technological advances. Each new generation of skyscrapers is capable of reaching greater heights and adventurous architectural visions. Bearing this in mind, what might be waiting in the future for tall building design and façade access systems as the industry continues to adopt new technologies and responds to changing needs?

Buildings may make greater use of ‘smart’ materials and nanotechnology once they are completed and occupied. Buildings might be electronically enhanced by advanced materials built into the framework. Piezoelectric materials for example, accumulate a charge from mechanical stress which could be converted into electrical energy. Other smart materials might also be used as integrated temperature sensors or monitors. Nanotechnology is perhaps in its infancy but may well become used in facade technology with antimicrobial or pollution reduction qualities.

One area where advancing technology seems likely to impact facade access for tall buildings is robotics. CoxGomyl has developed a number of building maintenance units with pre-programmed movement and cycles, however in the wake of technological advances, robotic window cleaning systems that utilise artificial intelligence to learn about the structure and requirements of the building could be utilised in the future. Such systems map out the most efficient cleaning path for each individual building for optimal efficiency including faster cleaning times and 100% facade coverage. Advances in automation and robotics will also enhance the safety of building maintenance operations as the requirement for manual supervision is reduced. The use of robotics may become key for facade access companies that wish to develop advanced systems and remain competitive.

At the same time that smart materials are being discussed, the future of tall buildings might also be marked by a return to traditional building materials such as timber. Connected to the possible rise of modular and prefabricated approaches in construction, tall buildings made from timber rather than steel and concrete could become increasingly viable. Mass timber production could make factory produced wooden building materials such as strong structural panels, posts and beams with the required qualities, more economically viable. A large driver behind the exploration of mass timber buildings are environmental and sustainability factors. With appropriate management, timber may provide a renewable source of building materials.

Through a combination of in-depth research and development, coupled with decades of expertise and industry experience, CoxGomyl is pioneering advanced building maintenance systems designed to enhance efficiency and operate in harmony with the tall buildings of the future.

Get in touch with the experienced team at CoxGomyl to discuss your facade access requirements.

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