Steen highlights sustainability as the main driver of the future of construction with the energy performance of Knauf Insulation solutions an essential priority.
“This is what we offer. It’s important because we need to understand how we can make specifiers successful by using our solutions. It is also vital that we continue to build on the success of our efforts into reducing CO2 emissions from the building process and building materials.”
Tomorrow’s building innovations today
In addition, the reuse of raw materials — circularity — must be a focus because building styles will have to change in future as the need to dismantle a house and reuse its materials becomes an imperative. “Prefabrication will certainly be an important factor in future,” he says.
Steen also underlines the trend for digitalisation and automation in the industry to increase productivity. “All those things we’ve been dreaming about in the last 30 years are here, now. What we can do on the digital side is already amazing.”
Steen also sees huge scope for robotics in construction. With Europe’s building labour force anticipated to shrink dramatically due to an aging population, there are opportunities for semi-automation. Unpleasant jobs such as those featuring hard and repetitive movements can be carried out by robots, Steen says, freeing up workers to complete the handcrafted finishing.
Bottomline of innovation
“We must always keep our focus on how can we make installers and specifiers more successful? How can we make them work more efficiently with our solutions?”
There are two another inevitable focus points as well. Cost and competition. “Everyone lives up to specifications. So, it’s about the cost of material and cost of labour. I believe there is a lot of innovation in finding new ways of installing our solutions making it easier for installers and specifiers.
“It’s also important that we maintain our competitive edge in the industry by focusing on factors such as price, installation cost and performance. We must always keep these considerations in mind as we continue to innovate and evolve our products, solutions and services to meet the changing needs of our customers.”
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