Virtual Reality in House Building: Why Housebuilders Should Be Using Virtual Reality

Using virtual reality in house building may be a long-overdue breakthrough for the industry. We have looked at how new augmented and virtual reality technology will revolutionise both property marketing and architecture, as well as property development as a whole. Now, let’s turn our attention to virtual reality in house building.

The construction site has long been known for its lingering inefficiency and low profit margins. It is time for an overhaul of the traditional practices that have been holding Construction back, and technology is the answer.

Virtual Reality in House Building Reduces Errors

Using virtual reality to create a structure in 3D allows house builders to test a number of factors before the construction team even breaks ground. This can save a great deal of time, and therefore cost, by reducing the amount of possible errors that may occur once the project is in progress.

As well as testing the viability of a construction project, and reducing the probability of a range of errors, virtual reality in house building allows the entire team to explore it. Construction workers can engage with the design in a way that simply cannot be accomplished with the traditional scale-model format. Even the smallest details can be assessed ahead of time, which allows the construction team to strategise their approach in advance, thus increasing their efficiency on site.

Minimising Changes

Minimising the amount of change required as a project goes on, is another aspect that will be helped by the use of virtual reality in house building. A project may, in the past, have had to halt while a necessary change is implemented. But if all parties working within the project, including (where applicable) the client themselves, are able to gather together and visualise the project at the start in virtual reality, fewer later changes will be required.

Dealing with Planning Permissions

Planning permissions and potential objections can be a frustrating part of a house builder’s job. This can be a real snagging point, as local residents and business owners raising objections to a particular project can be as costly as inefficiencies on the building site itself.

By allowing those concerned parties access to architectural visualisations through VR, fears may be put to rest. This ranges from the aesthetic impact of the structure itself, to how it will impact traffic and access to other parts of the local infrastructure. All of the data required to present an accurate picture of these factors can be fed into the visualisation, allowing everybody a thorough, immersive understanding of what they can expect from the finished project.

A Single Vision For All

No longer will an ideal vision of a property be held in different forms in different people’s heads. By coming together, to collaborate and develop the project ahead of construction, everybody has the same view of precisely where the project is heading. With this in mind, a structure that all parties are satisfied with is a much higher possibility.

Moving beyond human judgement, which – admittedly – can be flawed, and the scale-models which fail to provide an effective impetus for engaging with a project, the use of technology has massive potential. The two main benefits: time and cost reduction, are significant ones. In a time where more and more new home are required, and supply continues to fail to meet demand, speeding up and cutting costs on building projects, by using virtual reality in house building, is more necessary than ever.

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