The construction industry began thousands of years ago when humans first began to build shelters for themselves. It was one of the first basic needs that humans had. In addition to being hungry and going out to find food, early humans realized the need to build something to protect their family from bad weather, animals, and other dangers.
Early construction techniques
Some of the first known shelters were caves. Caves provide a natural shelter from wind, rain, animals, and other dangers, but they can be very dark. It’s difficult to build a window in a cave. When early settlers came to America, they naturally cut down trees and used the wood to build very rudimentary cabins.
A few of these cabins remain today, but most have been ravaged by time. A bit of the Daniel Boone family homestead built in 1720 remains today due to careful preservation. Other than that, the Pueblo Indians built dwellings in the southwest U.S. in the 1400’s. Some of those remain today.
Today’s building esthetics
“Today, construction is all about comfort” observes Javier Loya, CEO of OTC Global Holdings. Humans want aesthetically pleasing structures that can be easily cooled and heated. Whereas once you could build a suitable log cabin for a few dollars by cutting down some trees, today a beautiful home on the coast of south Florida might cost millions of dollars.
“Though the construction industry is a multi-trillion-dollar industry, it expands each year with the invention of new technology. 4-D virtual reality makes it possible to see and interact with a building while it’s still in the design stages. This is just one of the many new technologies.”