In 2024, design trends are set to see a significant shift towards sustainability, resilience, and vibrant aesthetics. Architects, specifiers and builders are increasingly recognising the urgent need for environmentally conscious choices, with a particular emphasis on locally sourced, lower carbon materials. This commitment is emphasized by the push for 6-star Green Building ratings in Australia, highlighting the industry's dedication to creating structures that are not only visually appealing but also sustainable.
Locally Sourced and Lower Carbon Materials
The demand for sustainable materials will continue to grow in 2024 as reducing carbon footprint becomes more critical within the built environment. Architects are consciously specifying materials with lower environmental impact – whether that means reduced emissions during production or purchasing locally produced materials to avoid emissions during transportation. The Architect Zone says that architects will increasingly adopt a cradle-to-cradle approach, considering the entire lifecycle of building materials to minimise environmental impact.
A notable example of this is Capral’s LocAI® Green lower-carbon aluminium, produced using renewable energies and significantly reducing C02e emissions of aluminium building products, which can then also be recycled at the end of their life.
Resilient Design for Climate Adaptation
As changing climates and weather patterns introduce new challenges, resilient design a top priority in 2024. According to CAD details blog, architects are now focusing on creating buildings and communities that can withstand extreme weather events. This involves incorporating flood- and fire-resistant materials and building solutions.
Designing for Energy Efficiency
With net zero targets gaining prominence and evolving regulations shaping the landscape, architects are incorporating energy-efficient design principles. Sustainable building materials, smart technology, and renewable energy sources are being seamlessly integrated to create structures that prioritise energy conservation.
Trending Colour Schemes
Colour plays a pivotal role in design, and this year brings a shift towards mid-tone hues, evoking feelings of warmth, nostalgia, and self-expression. Dulux Colour Forecast 2024 predicts a resurgence of bold colour schemes reminiscent of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Pantone's colour of the year, Peach Fuzz, signifies a return to vibrant and lively tones, injecting a sense of optimism into design.
Construction processes are being redefined with modular construction gaining momentum. Prefabricated modules constructed in factories and assembled on-site save time, reduce costs and enhance quality control says CAD Details Blog. This approach also allows for adaptability to changing needs, enabling easy expansion or reconfiguration of modular buildings.
The timeless appeal of concrete is making a resurgence in 2024. Architects are exploring innovative ways to incorporate the concrete look into designs, offering a blend of industrial aesthetics and contemporary functionality. Thanks to new and innovative building materials on the market, standard concrete is not the only way to achieve the muted grey aesthetic. Finishes like DecoCrete offer a concrete look across around of aluminium products including panelling, cladding, battens and even kitchen splashbacks.
DECO’s range of Super Durable aluminium building products offer a sustainable and durable approach with a wide range of colours and finishes to match this year’s on-trend colour palettes. Talk to one of our product specialists to see how we can help you with your next project.