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Building Materials of the Future

Posted by Heather Brautman on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

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If copper, wood, and pourable cement comprise the majority of your building materials roster, get ready for a major change! As 2014 takes off, we look into the future, and what may be in the distant or not-so-distant world for building supply companies and what you'll be working with.

When in Rome. If it looks like everything old is new again, you’re on track, but it’s not just fashion and hairstyles. Some experts predict that the building material of the future is… the building material of the past! You wouldn’t be a building materials manager if you weren’t intimately familiar with concrete, but we suggest you “roam” over and familiarize yourself with Roman Seawater Concrete, which scientists such as those at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are calling one of the saviors of the future. Concrete from the Roman days lasted 10 times longer than that of today’s, and had less harsh environmental effects.

Enthusiastic about plastic? It sounds like something out of a sci fi movie, but it’s coming to a building supply center near you if scientists predict correctly. Have you heard of zeoform? Still in the research and testing stages, this construction material has just two compounds: water and cellulose fiber. Yet because it is recyclable, sustainable, compostable, fire-resistant, sprayable, and moldable, you may just find zeoform one of your go-to needs when it is unleashed upon the building materials world.

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Save the world! Building materials company managers of the future know that as they make their place in that world, they want to ensure it lasts for those who come next. One of the best ways to do this is to build green. The best news is, there’s so much you can do. Adopt environmentally-friendly tool cleaning methods, recycle and reuse, replace your carbon footprint. We’ve got a free eBook to help you on the path to “greening the future.”

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Let’s get weird. What’s the weirdest thing you can think of to build with? Leave it in the comments below, or get inspired by predictions such as bioplastic bacteria, electrified wood, and carbon-eating cement. Mad scientists unite!

And one more look to the future? How about how you’ll be collecting payments in 10, 20, 50 years. Think it’s going to be all about the plastic and mobile payments? Think again. When we’re talking about the livelihood of your business, you want to make sure you’re open to all payment options your customers want to use. Money’s not something you want to deal with through a fly-by-night scenario. For decades, checks have made the grade, and they’re not going anywhere. If you’re not taking checks for payment, think of your future. Then check out this free eBook on electronic check processing. It's a payment option of the future, but it's happening now. Download it today!

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