As the economy continues to improve, so too will the construction market. To catalyse and sustain this growth, new trends are already emerging within the global construction market. The following trends described in this post will show a glimpse of how the construction market is continuing to evolve and what it will look like throughout 2015 and beyond.
The old idea that engineering design and construction companies were separate entities has been scrapped in favour for a more efficient joint effort. For example, important data for engineering design is often created in-house, then contracted out to an outsourced firm to develop. This method relies on many individual components and companies working together, which is practically a recipe for time mismanagement and miscommunication.
New strategies involve bring all elements in house, with the creation of a single design model. British companies have seen success globally with this model; other countries are likely to follow suit.
The trend for increased energy efficiency is unlikely to change. Regulations on energy efficiency are constantly improving, and those contracting civil engineers and construction companies want assurances that the work done will be the most effective. The most obvious change in construction of property such as commercial buildings is that sensors for the detection of human presence are more common. By only switching on lights and ventilation when people are present in the room, energy is conserved and the occupying company can save money and protect the environment.
The desire for more modular construction has also been noted on a worldwide scale. With the endless potential for development, and the relative ease with which it can be adapted to each individual client’s particular needs, it is an appealing prospect for construction companies the world over. The modules themselves can be built in natural materials such as wood, or man-made ones, such as concrete.
Speaking of materials, the offloading of the fabrication of important materials to outside contractors is another rising trend. Rather than construct everything on sit, getting key materials prefabricated is a simple way to reduce costs and improve the planned schedule for the project. More work can be completed in a shorter time, and can be delivered to the more inhospitable working environments. The adaptation of materials such as sheet metal for a variety of purposes has made a difference in the construction industry, and is likely to continue well into 2015 and beyond.