Just like every other field, the construction industry evolves and changes with time. Each year, various trends come and go; some stick, others become a passing fad. In 2018, technology integration and sustainability solutions were among some of the more popular trends in the construction business.
If you’re a homeowner or business owner who’s looking to plan a construction and remodeling project, it’s important that you stay ahead of the game and keep up with emerging trends. New trends will not only give your construction project a more up-to-date look, but they’re also more efficient as well.
Here are the top predicted trends for construction in the upcoming year.
Increased Technological Integration
Technological integration is becoming central in most industries, and construction is no exception. While it may seem strange to think of technology and construction together at first, recent advancements have proven that the two, in fact, go hand in hand. With increased drone usage to scope out construction sites, self-driving vehicles, and 3D printing, the construction industry is seeing many new developments. Mobile and cloud technologies have also made the construction process easier.
A Rise in Modular and Prefabricated Construction Projects
Modular and prefabricated construction techniques have been trending for some time now and will continue to do so next year as well. They are energy-efficient and cost-effective, perfect for people who are looking to cut overall construction cost.
Increased Focus on Sustainability
More and more industries are looking for sustainable and eco-friendly solutions to make their products and services healthier for the environment. Construction material and methods are being developed to be more recyclable, reusable, and ‘green.’ Companies are focusing on how to cut down on their carbon footprint and make the earth a more livable place.
Improvement in Safety Procedures
We can all agree that construction isn’t the safest of jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are an estimated 150,000 construction-related injuries every year. From trips and falls to equipment-related accidents, construction is rife with all kinds of pitfalls. This is why more importance than ever is being placed on construction safety procedures and making sites safer.
Increasing Material Costs
The construction industry has seen a rise in material costs over the last few years and this trend is likely to continue. Prices are predicted to have increased by at least 2–3% in 2018. And data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that there has been a 9% increase in the costs of building materials. The majority of these rising costs are for steel and iron.
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