Alternative building methods shaping the Construction industry

Posted on 20 Apr 2018 by The Manufacturer

With the ever-changing need for innovative building design and sustainability, the construction industry is going through significant and exciting changes.

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These new insights are paving the way building companies look at making new structures, whether that is a residential site, corporate building or government establishment. As trends have evolved, there is also a need to incorporate greener practices into building methods, plus smart technology is also taking shape in construction practices.

These trends will be shaping the future of the construction industry for years to come, so take a look at some of the most prevalent changes that are coming into effect for a more efficient and sustainable building process.

Smart buildings

Technology is changing each industry and construction is no exception. Although there has been some resistance to changes in current working practices, the need to incorporate technology into everyday building and site management has never been more important.

As buildings are being constructed, there are have been a host of technological improvements in modern building design. These include incorporating the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate functions such as energy efficiency and consumption. This type of technology also makes buildings more sustainable, safe and efficient for the end user.

Prefabricated buildings

In a world which is increasingly looking towards more cost-effective building materials, prefabricated and modular buildings are the answer to a changing economic climate, particularly in the business world. A specially created modular structure offers a toolkit and building blueprint to help you get started, and can usually be constructed in a short space of time with efficiency and precision. Each element is made to fit exact specifications and saves time and money in the long-term.

Going one step further, these buildings are also able to be relocated easily, whether you decide to move your office across the country or simply relocate one classroom to a new wing of the school. This type of building is the best choice if you need a new facility or office for a limited time.

The use of mobile technology

As all industries see the increase of mobile technology to improve productivity, the construction sector is starting to make use of this innovative tool. Mobile technology is helping to shape the processes and methods of traditional building practices and streamline them with other areas of the business for greater visibility. Everything can be managed from software systems, and each person on a project has responsibility for the process within the job.

All systems can function under one hub and includes everything from tracking and assigning tasks to reporting, which can be seen and evaluated by managers and employees for effective communication and dispute resolution.

Incorporating green practices

Green or sustainable buildings are a major talking point throughout the industry and have been a big focus for government targets. As concern for the environment and how the industry impacts on it grows, constructing green buildings is high on the agenda for many firms. Buildings that incorporate renewable energy is also the way forward, as the government aims to incorporate this type of energy into residential and commercial properties rather than dirtier fuel types.

The construction is at the forefront of major change, but with uncertainty over the economic climate, this industry may see significant struggles in the wake of a changing environment.