3D Rendering Technology and the Future of Sustainable Interior Design

Wanted to visualize your client’s dream home before employing contractors and engineers but couldn’t accurately do it. 3D rendering is the technology that can be at rescue here.

What is 3D rendering?

3D rendering is the process that brings architectural and design ideas to life as a graphical representation.

We can also call this architectural visualization.

3D models of the structure are created digitally using computer animation to give a structural real-life look of the final architectural output before even a single stone is laid.

While this is certainly not a new concept to enter the market, it does not yet have widespread use. For years, architects and designers pored over papers to draw accurate representations of their designs to build everything from roads to skyscrapers.

Now that we have the technology in this digital era, we can afford to shift to a more digitized mechanism.

How is 3D rendering sustainable?

The UN’s focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is worth mentioning here.

According to the United Nations, the 9th SDG has to do with industry, innovation and infrastructure.
There is increased focus on coming up with sustainable innovations and technological tools that have minimal impact on the environment and maximum impact on growth and development.

One of the many targets under this larger goal is to move towards upgrading infrastructure and industries to make them sustainable so that there is “increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes.” (Source: UN report on SDGs)

A brilliant move forward would then be the large-scale adoption of 3D rendering technology to cut costs and time spent in trying to envision the architectural illustration. This technology is, thus, a boon to architects and interior designers, among others.

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What are some advantages of 3D rendering technology?

Needless to say, digitization of any process reduces time and energy spent on any task. It also minimizes errors that us human beings could potentially cause.

The rendering technique allows architects and designers to present their ideas in a comprehensible manner.

It also helps them maximize output without spending exorbitant amounts of money.

Here are a few of the many advantages of this technique:

  • Allows you to move from sketches on paper to computer-generated designs to see before building

Blueprints on paper are just that - on paper. They cannot accurately predict what the outcome is going to look like.

3D rendering allows for adding a third dimension to design and helps architects to bring their vision to life. These renders can involve the client in a walkthrough experience.

  • Prevents wastage of materials and lowers operational costs

Several materials can be quite expensive and not necessarily environmentally friendly. We live in an era where education, employment and business are moving almost entirely off of paper in many parts of the world. Relying on paper, thus, is no longer sustainable and practical.

By adopting this futuristic technology, we are not only preventing wastage but also saving expenditure on large rolls of paper and ink needed to manually sketch the designs.
  • Saves time and energy

Since everything is automated once the designer feeds in the design, it saves time and energy that one would need to manually input every detail. Companies like ArchiCGI and Tooliqa employ complex technology to render designs that would take a major load off of a designer’s back.

One of the services Tooliqa provides is state-of-the-art rendering to integrate this process smoothly.

This allows anyone to simply scan an object to obtain an accurate 3D render of it in quick time.

  • Allows you to make foolproof designs

Imagine beginning the process of building a road, only to find that it isn’t possible because of a slight miscalculation of area or materials. It would take extra money to start all over again from scratch because of one error.

3D rendering prevents this because you can review your design from all angles before starting the building process.

This is another way you save time because the software checks the errors and defects in the design long before you start building anything.

  • Saves space by making the most of what the environment allows.

3D rendering digitally allows you to have an accurate estimate of the materials most suitable for a particular environment.

With an increased focus on sustainability, we are looking for buildings that interact well with their environment without disrupting the natural conditions of the area.

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Software that aid in architectural visualization have incredible features. This includes features that allow architects to identify the best ways they can make the most of a particular environment. This means that if a certain area receives plenty of sunlight, architects can visualize how to make the most of that resource.

The software can also visualize how the space will transform after a building is built.

This technology is sustainable as it considers the use of locally-available resources. All this in the most in beneficial ways with minimal wastage.

  • Allows you to view the entire finished piece as a scale model

Because of architectural visualization, clients can get an accurate estimate of the space, materials and ballpark budgets. It will be a scaled-down model that they can see through in and out. These models will allow them to sit with the architects and designers to:

  1. Incorporate any changes or suggestions,
  2. Finalize the materials to be used, and
  3. Evaluate realistic questions of how well it will work in the area allotted.

The future promise lies in integrating growing technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality in this process. We can streamline the building process and save costs with augmented reality, where software overlays information onto a virtual or actual view of a site.

AR and VR are also taking the whole concept of 3D rendering to the next level by better visualization of the design.

These advanced technologies allow clients to leap into their designs and experience their every aspect.

Sustainability is the approach the world over to ensure development in a sustainable and accessible future for all. It is only a matter of time before 3D rendering technology achieves higher levels of automation, becoming the norm in architecture and design spheres everywhere.

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