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THE CONSTRUCTION
INDUSTRY MEETS
THE JETSONS-
RESPONSE DIGEST

The contributors are very optimistic about the future and the
possibilities-from colonizing
other planets with ultralight
building materials to more
down-to-earth thoughts. Many
projections are extension of the
logical growth of the 10-year
outlooks-increasing use of technology and supplementing work
by humans with onsite robotics.
Some feel traditional construction materials will still be used
such as wet wall products, which
have been around for thousands of years. Others believe
there will be more innovation in
products-more than innovation in assembly. Materials will
be customer designed for each
project with advanced computer
software, materials will have
zero carbon footprint, they will
continue to be lighter, and they
will have embedded technology
that controls energy distribution, water distribution and
waste management. Complete
prefabricated units will be built
in roving manufacturing plants
and assembled robotically. There
will be less work travel because
virtual reality and virtual team
rooms will reduce the need to
travel to physical meetings.

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This is the second question we asked:
How Will the Industry Change in
the Next 100 Years?
Read below about the brave new
world 100 years from now. Are you
helping your company to think about
taking the little steps now that will
deliver big in the future?
One hundred years from now, the means

and methods and the products used

imagery will replace dedicated offices,
education facilities, retail space and
sports facilities. Students may go to
a physical school but will spend more
time learning in a virtual classroom.
Knowledge workers will work in teams,
each in their own virtual space. Physical
labor will be assisted, not replaced, by
robotics and automation. The human
labor force will wear task-specific toolequipped exoskeletons to perform their

with completed components built
off-site in automated production centers including wiring, plumbing etc.
Completed rooms will be shipped to
the job site as needed and assembled
on site. Customers and builders will
be able to select from pre-designed
components and floor plans for their
assemblies. Entire homes will be
completed and ready for occupation
in less than a week.
-GRABBER Construction Products, Inc.
People have been applying stucco and

Building designs will be generated from
complex algorithms that optimize how a
structure coincides in a symbiotic way with
the immediate environment and powered by
a self-contained energy generation system.

will be remarkably different. Changes
will be more driven by how society
functions and product innovation will
follow the needs of society. While
many of the buildings we have today
will still be standing 100 years from
now, the interior fit-out will serve how
individuals and families work, learn,
entertain and change. A single room
equipped with augmented reality

assignments. Walls and ceilings will
serve as substrates for multifunction
technology membranes providing
digital imagery, power supply, heating
and cooling.
-Association of the Wall and Ceiling
Industry
One hundred years from now, building

construction will be largely automated

plaster "mud" to the exterior of buildings since early adobe dwellings were
built nearly 4,000 years ago. The same
holds true today and most likely will
for hundreds of years to come. So what
will change in that time? There will
be tweaks to the "mud" formulation.
However, the biggest change will be
in application.
Today we rely on skilled labor to
produce high quality exterior wall
finishes. Day by day the skilled labor
pool is shrinking. As more people
turn to technology-based jobs, we
have fewer skilled candidates capable
of doing a quality job. The solution is
automation.
One hundred years from now there
will be very few people who understand the process as we know it today.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Celebrating 100 years

AWCI's 100th Anniversary Video
i. Table of Contents
ii. Forward
iii. Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. 1918-1919 : The Master Minds
Chapter 2. The 1920s: Choosing Sides
Chapter 3. The 1930s: Unity Prevails
Chapter4. The 1940s: Dormancy and Revival
Chapter 5. The 1950s: Plaster vs. Drywall
Chapter 6. The 1960s: Other Lines of Endeavor
Chapter 7. The 1970s: Consolidation
Chapter 8. The 1980s: The Growth Years
Chapter 9. The 1990s: Money
Chapter 10. The 2000s: Exceptional Times
Chapter 11. The 2010s: We the Industry
Chapter 12. The Future
Chapter 13. The Sponsors
Appendix 1. AWCI’s Presidents
Appendix 2. AWCI Awards (the E.F. Venzie Award and the Pinnacle Award)
Appendix 3. Lifetime Members
Appendix 4. Longtime AWCI Members
Appendix 5. AWCI Board of Directors
Appendix 6. The Organization Behind the Leadership
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