Humans have been constructing buildings to live, work and play in for millennia, and as time has passed, our broader knowledge has allowed us to get much better at it. Luckily, most modern constructions are safer and more intricate than buildings in the past ever have been. This means that with new international trends being shared around the world, we can look forward to a future filled with more innovative, technology-driven buildings than ever before. Here are a few trends that will impact the building and construction industry over the next few years. How many of them are applicable to your business?
· Virtual and augmented reality
Virtual reality is already used to create realistic walkthroughs of interiors for pitching projects to clients and sellers, as well as for training workers on equipment and site protocols more affordably. VR is set to become combined with more advanced augmented reality technology for even broader applications. As it will augment existing or partially constructed buildings or sites, it will also be invaluable in providing more accurate measurements and reducing the risk of errors being made.
· Prefabricated and modular buildings
As export agreements strengthen and countries start to develop more advanced infrastructure, outsourcing the bulk creation of modular and prefabricated building elements to countries with favourable exchange rates will increase. Not only does this cut down on costs and complicated on-site construction, but it will also greatly speed up the actual construction process once it gets going.
· Circular construction
Future construction and building projects will be expected to account for their impact in the environment. There is a move towards a more circular model of construction as it is more cost effective and reduces the amount of demolition waste produced. This approach aims to recycle materials and reduce emissions by using longer lasting and recyclable materials that can easily be tracked and reclaimed at a later stage.
· Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Current construction projects don’t utilise information technology as much as they should. Building Information modelling aims to overcome this mindset by creating software that allows for collaboration, costing and resource management to be shared and managed, all aimed at increasing productivity and shorten project cycles.
Which one of these trends do you see your business adopting this 2018?