With the emergence of advanced technologies and more awareness about our impact on our planet’s environment, every industry has changed drastically. Businesses and industries are now trying to become more eco-friendly. The construction industry isn’t an exception! Recently, the coronavirus pandemic contributed to the accelerated adoption of modern-day trends in 2021.
Since the world is undergoing vaccinations for COVID-19, the construction industry must prepare for the economic recovery that’ll come after this temporary recession. These trends will significantly improve productivity, enhance sustainability, and eliminate inefficiencies in the construction profession. So, here is our categorization of some trends investors and builders should watch out for this decade:
Using quality material and tools
The world has become environmentally conscious in the 21st century. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) compels construction companies to pursue making “green buildings” that are sustainable and energy-efficient. Investors now insist on the usage of more refined, eco-friendly, and high-quality materials in construction projects.
Construction companies will also opt for the latest equipment, including devices powered by alternative energy sources and better construction and tiling tools, to improve their work. These tools make the job safer, easier, and far more effective than old-fashioned equipment. They make assembly and reassembly faster, thereby saving time and labor.
Which technology has successfully diminished on-site worker density? 3D printing still amazes people who marvel at its commercial potential. It involves a nozzle stacking concrete accurately in a vertical manner as per the programmed instructions and a pre-established blueprint/design.
This method will revolutionize the construction market in the future. There are 3D homebuilding organizations that have constructed entire neighborhoods using this technology. Workers can make small sections of bigger machines using strong plastic while manufacturing custom pieces.
AR & VR
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality aren’t exclusive to the gaming and entertainment industry anymore. Now, these futuristic technologies have been incorporated into the medical and engineering fields as well. Allowing customers to undergo a full-immersive virtual experience helps you advertise the planned buildings.
Providing real-life experiences via digital channels constitutes the future of digital marketing in construction and other industries. It’s become possible to offer virtual tours and immersive walkthroughs now to reduce surprises upon the completion of projects. Contractors and managers in the construction business can also assess risks without being physically present on-site and resolve these threats preemptively.
Construction companies will rely more on renting construction equipment instead of purchasing and utilizing second-hand machinery and merchandise. These practices will enable them to decrease the costs of buying expensive material. Rented merch especially allows construction workers to experiment with several pieces of equipment to eventually select the models they wish to purchase. Similarly, used materials help firms remain competitive without wasting their funds on unnecessary purchases.
The drone cometh
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in the construction industry. In 2019, statistics revealed that the construction field showed a 239% increase from 2018 in drone usage. Also, a survey by Skyward revealed in 2018 that construction accounted for 35% of drone adoption among all industries. They are called crewless aerial vehicles and reduce the time/labor required to conduct on-site surveys. Offering an overhead outlook of the site, workers can produce detailed surveys of the place. Drones also improve workplace safety and accelerate the job.
Safety never stopped being a significant concern in the construction industry since it accounts for more deaths than any other profession. But COVID-19 has increased the importance of workplace safety radically! Wearable devices make it easier to monitor workers more effectively. We have workboots that alert the staff via Wi-Fi if someone has fallen and robots that build scaffoldings independently.
So, automation ensures safety on-site. The pandemic has called for separation among workers to make smaller groups of workers for mitigating the risk of infections. Health protocols now include bringing masks, gloves, and sanitizers while the passing of tools will be severely restrained.
In civil engineering, business information modeling constitutes the basis of this industry’s digital transformation. This model can precisely reproduce even the most complex processes in the construction industry.
In the near future – coupled with augmented reality – BIM will constitute the foundation of the international construction profession. It’ll allow professionals to make detailed drawings, eliminate mistakes, and improve efficiency, thereby generating high-quality results.
More workers needed
Statistics show that the Italian construction industry suffers from an exponential decline in workers. We can see that over 492 thousand builders worked in this industry back in 2008. But this number shrank to a meager 200 thousand after a decade. But it means that – after the pandemic is over and the economy regurgitates – more laborers will be needed in the market. So, this industry will target millennials and Generation Z to join the workforce.
Since the representation of women in this field is often criticized, the construction industry will hire more females to fill this gender gap. Also, in 2019, 75% of construction companies were looking to increase their workforce already!
Companies have started to depend more upon construction management software programs. These applications provide different features that help construction companies manage payroll, inventory, budgeting, and several other responsibilities. When choosing a standard software, don’t forget to look for one that is user0friendly and one you can easily integrate with other on-site technologies. Scalability enables companies to customize options, upgrade specifications, and get additional features when required.
It’s estimated that the modular construction industry will cross $157 billion by the next two years. It involves creating entire building components off-site and then transporting them individually to the site for permanent installation. Manufacturers can build ten-story apartments via modular construction in less than two days. This practice reduces construction costs and shortens the timeline, thereby allowing for more effective project management.
The global construction market suffered an unparalleled disruption due to the pandemic, even though it doesn’t seem to have been affected as severely as other industries. So, the Italian Building Construction Industry Databook Series has predicted the construction market to cross EUR 150 billion by 2024.
We can conclude that this industry will step out of this recession in a prettier shape, especially when there’s still room for sustainable growth in construction techniques. A McKinsey report suggests that “greater digitalization” will transform this profession. With drones, 3D modeling, and sustainable materials, the construction industry will soon recover from the pandemic-caused slump. The “green buildings” will keep growing as a well-liked trend as well.