Construction Trends 2018
The construction industry is very enthusiastic about 2018. Builders and contractors are foreseeing a strong year following a great last quarter in 2017. But in order to stay ahead of the competition, construction companies will need to take note of new trends and use the right tools in incorporating those concepts. The faster your company adapts to the current trends the better your chances to finish the year with big growths. So here is a look at the top 3 trends in new construction right now.
Off-site construction is growing even more in popularity in 2018. Modular and prefabricated buildings are on the rise because of their efficiency and rapid delivery. According to Modular.org, modular construction moves 80% of construction off-site. The beauty of this construction option is that buildings can be pre-built in a controlled environment. It reduces noise and other disruptions that happen at on-site construction locations, and it makes it easier to prevent unforeseen weather delays and other issues. Plus, it has the benefit of speeding up construction schedule by up to 50% and it provides a safer environment for workers.
This sector has been reluctant to adopt technology, but now in 2018 this scenario is starting to change. Technology will play an essential role in problem-solving on construction sites going forward. Drones are being used to access remote areas, complete inspections, and to provide 3D mapping and images. Robots are performing repetitive tasks and replacing workers that would work in dangerous conditions. Another tool that is being used by construction companies is Building Information Modeling, which is a software that integrates virtual and augmented reality to visualize projects, increase productivity, and improve communication and collaboration.
Sustainability is now a serious consideration in the construction field more than it has ever been in the past. Most construction projects incorporate at least some sustainable elements with consideration for long term benefits. This change is driven mostly by the end user, who as a modern consumer is generally more aware of their carbon footprint and the implications on the environment. Sustainable construction is focused on reducing waste and using fewer resources that can be harmful and damaging to the environment. The idea of aging in place is a key factor for consideration in plans for new projects as people look to get more value out of a long term work or living space with the ability to easily upgrade and retrofit their environment without ease and without the costly investments of relocating.