Five Trends in the Construction Industry to Keep an Eye On

Trends in construction come and go, just as they do in all other industries. Evolving techniques, design trends, and fluctuating costs of materials all contribute to the changes that are seen from year to year.

Here are five trends that are currently popular within the construction industry.

1. Increased Safety On Site

Working on a construction site will never be without its hazards. That being said, there is a large amount of new technology that has been developed with the intention of protecting workers. From new wearable equipment that protects workers from common hazards, to the use of drones when surveying potentially dangerous areas, it is far safer to work on a construction site than it has ever been before.

2. Steel Buildings

The rapidity with which an entirely new prefab steel building can be erected is one of the reasons that steel buildings are becoming more popular not only for commercial use but also for residential projects. Steel is also a more durable and sustainable option for construction as it is lightweight and resilient to such issues as mold and corrosion.

3. Greener Practices

A vast majority of production-based industries are catching onto the fact that there is a great need for greener practices, in order to become more environmentally friendly, and the construction industry is no exception.

There is a conscious aim on the part of those in charge of construction projects to become more efficient with resources, and to make sure that the end products are less harsh on the environment as well.

Efforts to improve in this area can be seen in all steps of construction from the initial demolition to the final cleanup on a job site.

4. More Expensive Materials

Not all trends in the construction industry are positive ones, as this list must include the obviously consistent rise in the cost of construction materials. There are many reasons for this trend that include increases in both the price of fuel (a point that affects nearly every industry) and rising tariffs on materials like aluminum and steel. One of the biggest contributing factors, however, is the growing need for skilled laborers. With so few craftsmen, companies have had to increase the amount they pay laborers in order to stay competitive. For both of these reasons, the costs of the materials that these laborers produce has increased as well, and will most likely continue to do so.

5. Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is a trend that contributes to the efficiency of the design aspect of construction. It is essentially a digital tool that helps all those involved in the planning process to visualize and contribute to a building’s design. A digital 3D model of the proposed building is generated, and any changes that must be made are first done so on this model in question. In this way, all parties involved stay on the same page and the project itself is more efficient overall.