The European architects expect the technologies which appeared in the few last years but still remain rather unpopular, to be used more in the next years. LED lighting and solar panels will become even more widely used. These are some of the results of the Q2 2014 European Architectural Barometer report, focusing on the topic “Architectural Design & Technology Trends”.
The requirements for energy efficiency and usage of renewable energy sources, were and are still driving the innovations and the new product development in the installation sector. Some of the developed solutions see a faster adoption by the market while others are still in a process of convincing specifiers, installers and consumers to gain market share from the traditional solutions.
Asked about their vision on the installations solutions to be used in the coming years, the European architects expects the new heating technologies to gain ground from the conventional ones in the next 5 years. In all countries a majority of the architects expect that more heat pumps and heat recovery solutions will be used. In the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Poland, floor heating will be also increasingly used.
In the Netherlands, where the floor heating solutions are quite popular already, another trend can be seen: architects there expect an increased usage of floor cooling. This is something which does not come back as a strong trend in the rest of the countries.
LED lighting and the usage of solar panels for electricity generation (PVs) will be an integral part of our lives.
These and many other results and trends of the developments of the European construction market can be found in the European Architectural Barometer, an international market research conducted among 1,600 architects in Europe. This study is conducted in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland by Arch-Vision four times a year. Besides indicators to forecast the European building volumes, a specific topic is highlighted each quarter. The topic in Q2 2014 was “Architectural design & Technology trends”. Architects can be used not only as a reliable source for future building volumes information, but their role is very important as they have great influence on how projects are built and which materials are used.