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5 Key Safety Trends in New Construction

13th November 2023

5 Key Safety Trends in New Construction

Today, builders in both the residential and commercial sectors are investing more resources in building safer properties. Whether you’re planning to build a custom home or invest in a commercial construction project, you might be curious about the latest safety trends within the industry. That’s why Seraph Property Management has assembled some tips to help contractors ensure that construction is safer than ever before.  

 

Enhanced Lighting

Adequate lighting is crucial for residential and commercial properties and can be a deterrent for many crimes. Many homeowners today want to ensure that their front and back yards are well-lit for extra security. Lighting is especially important for commercial properties. Buildings with parking garages should plan their lighting carefully. Drivers and pedestrians need to be able to see clearly as they manoeuvre around, whether they’re in the garage itself or the stairwells, walkways, and vestibules. People will feel safer in well-lit parking garages, and good lighting for parking garage structures can also discourage criminal activity.

In addition to security concerns, proper lighting also adds an aesthetic value to properties. The right illumination can highlight architectural features, landscapes, and other key focal points, creating a welcoming ambiance for visitors and residents alike. For commercial properties, this can translate into more foot traffic and a potential increase in business. Furthermore, investing in energy-efficient and smart lighting solutions can provide both safety and cost benefits, as they often consume less power and can be controlled remotely, adapting to different needs throughout the day and night.

 

Security Features

Homeowners today have far more options for security features than ever before. Secure IT Securities states that cloud-based home security systems with video surveillance tools have become popular, allowing homeowners to check in on their property from anywhere.

Many commercial buildings already had security cameras, but today, there are even more tools available. For instance, Welp Magazine states that some commercial buildings have biometric access control systems to strictly control who enters the space and predictive analytics software to assess potential security threats.

Furthermore, smart integration has enabled both residential and commercial security systems to be linked with other devices, providing a more cohesive safety ecosystem. Advanced motion detectors, heat sensors, and AI-driven anomaly detection tools can now send real-time alerts to building owners or security personnel, ensuring immediate response to potential threats. As technology continues to evolve, the line between home and commercial security systems is blurring, offering enhanced protection across the board.

 

Improved HVAC Systems

Today, many people are concerned about preventing infectious diseases, and enhanced HVAC systems can help protect people from disease in both residential and commercial buildings. While a standard HVAC system will not be able to filter out or eliminate many germs, but an HVAC system featuring UV lights can kill viruses, germs, and other bacteria, as well as get rid of mildew, mould, and a wide range of other allergens and volatile organic compounds. Commercial and residential buildings can benefit from UV lights for their HVAC systems.

Incorporating UV lights into HVAC systems has gained popularity due to its promising results in purifying the air. The principle behind this technology is that the ultraviolet radiation damages the DNA or RNA of harmful microorganisms, rendering them incapable of replication. Consequently, this can significantly reduce the risk of airborne diseases spreading within enclosed spaces, especially in areas with high foot traffic or in homes where occupants are particularly susceptible. While the upfront cost of integrating UV lights can be higher, the long-term health benefits and potential savings from reduced medical bills can make it a worthy investment for many property owners.

 

Safe Evacuation Routes

The importance of safe evacuation routes in buildings cannot be overstated. In today’s world, contractors have an easier time designing and constructing clear, secure pathways that allow individuals to quickly exit a building during security threats or other hazardous situations.

To ensure the effectiveness of these routes, proper signage is crucial. The type of building in question may dictate specific signage requirements by law. By adhering to these regulations, occupants can confidently navigate their way to safety in times of emergency.

Moreover, periodic drills and training sessions are essential for familiarizing occupants with the evacuation process. This prepares them mentally and physically, reducing panic and confusion during actual emergencies. By coupling well-designed evacuation routes with regular training, building administrators can substantially increase the likelihood of a safe evacuation.

 

Accessibility

Over the past few decades, the rules around designing accessible buildings have changed. Many older buildings that have not been remodelled are inaccessible for people with disabilities, particularly those who rely on mobility aids. Nowadays, contractors can provide more features for accessibility, which often makes buildings safer for everyone – not just those with disabilities! For example, contractors can build residential homes intended for “ageing in place” so that as residents get older, they can still move around on their own and live independently without having to relocate to an assisted living facility. 

Proper lighting not only addresses security concerns but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of properties. The correct illumination emphasizes architectural elements, landscapes, and focal points, offering a warm atmosphere for both visitors and residents. For commercial spaces, enhanced lighting can attract more visitors, potentially boosting business. Additionally, energy-efficient and smart lighting are advantageous as they use less power and offer remote control capabilities. Such innovations allow for tailored lighting adjustments throughout the day and night, merging safety with cost-efficiency.

The construction industry is on a continuous journey towards heightened safety standards. Each day, pioneering leaders are reshaping the landscape with enhanced safety-focused designs. In this new era, contractors are not just meeting the benchmark, but consistently surpassing it, underlining their unwavering commitment to safety. Being well-versed with the latest safety innovations isn’t just a preference, but a necessity for anyone involved in the sector. This knowledge is more than just information; it serves as a compass, guiding stakeholders towards making informed, prudent decisions for their forthcoming projects.

 

If you’re looking for an expert in residential or block management, check out Seraph Property Management today! Questions? Please email info@seraph.pm.

 

Article written by Natalie Jones for Seraph Property Management