Time-saver standards for housing and residential development: A comprehensive guide for architects and designers
Time-saver standards for housing and residential development is a book edited by Joseph De Chiara, Julius Panero, and Martin Zelnik[^1^]. It is a design reference that features emerging trends in housing design and technology, new forms of multi-unit housing, new demands from housing owners (such as the home office) and new zoning and controls on site size and location[^4^]. The book contains over 1,100 pages of illustrations, tables, charts, and diagrams that cover various aspects of housing and residential development[^2^] [^3^]. The book is intended for architects, designers, planners, developers, builders, and students who are interested in the field of housing and residential development[^4^]. The book is available in PDF format online[^2^] [^3^].In addition to the design and technical aspects of housing and residential development, the book also covers some of the major trends that are shaping the future of residential real estate. Some of these trends are:
Growing Preference for Homeownership: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shift in peopleâs attitudes toward homeownership, with many individuals now prioritising the acquisition of a home over renting. Homeownership is seen as a way of securing oneâs financial future, as well as providing more space, comfort, and privacy[^1^].
Premium & Luxury Housing Taking Centre Stage: As the income gap widens and the demand for high-quality living spaces increases, premium and luxury housing segments are gaining more attention from developers and buyers. These segments offer features such as smart home technology, sustainable design, wellness amenities, and personalised services[^1^].
NRI Investment in Housing: Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are showing a strong interest in investing in housing projects in India, especially in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. This is driven by factors such as favourable exchange rates, attractive returns, ease of online transactions, and sentimental value[^1^].
Tier 2 Cities Emerging as Realty Hotspots: Tier 2 cities such as Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi, and Coimbatore are witnessing a surge in housing demand and supply, as they offer better affordability, infrastructure, connectivity, and quality of life than tier 1 cities. These cities are also attracting more investment from NRIs, corporates, and government schemes[^1^].
Gated Communities and Integrated Townships Gaining Popularity among Homebuyers: Gated communities and integrated townships are becoming more popular among homebuyers who seek security, convenience, community, and lifestyle amenities. These projects offer a range of facilities such as schools, hospitals, shopping malls, parks, clubs, and sports complexes within a single boundary[^1^].
Urbanization: People continue to migrate to cities, increasing urban density and the need for compact living quarters. By 2030, the number of people living in cities with more than 1 million residents will jump from 3.1 billion to 3.8 billion, a rise of 22%[^2^]. This trend is already evident in big cities in Germany, where 80% of residential units constructed in 2018 were in multistory buildings, compared with approximately 60% ten years ago[^2^].
Demographic Changes: Family sizes are shrinking, and the worldâs population is aging, increasing interest in living spaces that are either smaller or larger than are typical today. By 2030, there will be 2.1 billion people over the age of 60 worldwide[^2^]. This will create demand for smaller units that are suitable for singles or couples, as well as larger units that can accommodate multigenerational families.
Sustainability Regulations: Governments around the world are imposing stricter regulations on energy efficiency and carbon emissions for buildings. For example, the European Union has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 90% by 2050[^2^]. This will require the use of renewable energy sources, green materials, smart technologies, and passive design strategies for housing and residential development.
Technology Revolution: The construction industry is undergoing a technology revolution that is transforming the way buildings are designed, built, operated, and maintained. Some of the technologies that are reshaping the industry include digital platforms, building information modeling (BIM), prefabrication and modular construction,
artificial intelligence (AI),
internet of things (IoT),
and blockchain[^2^]. These technologies can improve productivity,
and customer satisfaction in housing and residential development.
Customer Expectations: Customers today have higher expectations for their living spaces than ever before. They want homes that are not only functional and comfortable but also stylish,
and connected[^2^]. They also want more choice,
and transparency in the home buying process. To meet these expectations,
and building materials manufacturers need to adopt a customer-centric approach and leverage digital tools to communicate with customers effectively. 061ffe29dd