We saw the introduction of new construction technologies, processes, and materials all through 2017. The growing global economy, public sector funding, and crunch of qualified workers also made an impact on the construction industry.
Many trends were established and some important ones will also influence the construction and architecture industry in 2018.
Looking ahead to building tendencies 2018
Here is a look at some of the top construction trends of 2018 that you need to look forward to.
The effects of climate change and pollution have made sustainable construction a necessity. Buildings are increasingly being designed and developed through environment friendly means and sustainable materials.
Green buildings help conserve resources like energy and water through methods like an alternate source of power and rainwater harvesting. Sustainable construction reduces the environmental footprint of the buildings and also absorbs pollution through green roofs and walls.
Many countries also make it mandatory for construction projects to maintain green standards. It will be a highlighted trend for years to come.
Modular buildings and off-site development have gained traction due to increased costs and the shortage of labor. Also known as the prefab, it offers many advantages like reduced expenses and shorter build times.
You can begin your work off-site while the necessary permits are being issued. It also creates less waste, makes less impact on the site and maintains better quality. The chances of hazards are also low.
The fast pace of life and the advantages of modular buildings will keep it on top of the construction trends in 2018. We can see more buildings like New York’s “461 Dean”- the 32-storey world’s tallest modular structure.
Building information modeling (BIM)
Once used by big companies, BIM is now the most preferred solution for design and planning. It improves collaboration and efficiency, unlike any other tool.
Architects, engineers, government agencies and other experts use building information modeling to understand the challenges of the project beforehand. You can also save costs, have a safe development with fewer accidents and faster build times.
BIM will be the main tool for acquiring and analyzing key data for next few years and not just 2018. It has already transformed into a 6D approach and will be a necessary part of building and construction codes.
If you don’t have an in-house BIM team, you can adopt BIM consulting from a sub-contractor.
Things like smartphones, tablets, wearables, drones have become part of the construction tech scenario. From tracking employees with wearables to drone surveying, IoT is getting fast integrated into the construction industry.
Advantages like costs reducing, better collaboration, improved management and on-site operations have made big and small companies fall on IoT. For example, a remote site inspection can be carried out through a drone which can collect images and other information.
Engineers, architects, and on-site managers can share documents, designs and data through a common repository using their tablets or smartphones. Equipment sensors can also be set up to warn about machine malfunctions.
IoT in construction is in its infancy and will continue to mature throughout 2018.