Green Buildings Will Increase in The Residential Sector
New homes need to be part of the solution to climate change and not part of the problem. Homeowners now want to live in a greener environment and appreciate the financial incentives of living in an energy efficient home – this is a crucial factor for today’s purchaser. Commercial construction has dominated ‘green buildings’ but the residential industry is rapidly gaining pace, for example, in Scotland new homes are greener and more energy efficient than ever before. Buyers want ‘environmentally friendly structured homes’.
As energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly relevant factor for homebuyers, the construction industry must co-operate with the government to achieve innovation and best practice to deliver the government’s zero carbon objectives.
Building Information Modeling – ‘Global Construction Technology’
BIM has been a leading trend for some years and it is no longer limited exclusively to the largest companies in the industry, it is quickly transforming the method of how buildings are constructed and how they are managed and developed to accommodate the requirements of clients.
The Global Building Information Modelling (BIM) Market was worth $2.80 billion in 2014 and is estimated to grow to $7.56 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 18.00% over the period 2014-2020.
3-D Printing Overcomes Construction Problems
3-D printing and off-site construction are offering more efficient methods to construct buildings, and although the engineering and construction industry is generally slow to adopt new technologies, builders are experimenting with the new technology, which can significantly reduce both buildings costs as well as time. The influence of 3-d printing will significantly change the future of construction. Also, builders are keeping an eye on 3-D printing options for ‘in-space’ construction – which could be the next frontier for the construction industry.
Laser Scanning Technology – Increased Demand & Now More Affordable
A “scan” can produce a laser recording of a structure which acquires a site’s shape and appearance, and converts those conditions into a cloud of data points which can be imported into a BIM model, contractors are beginning to realize the potential advantages of such new technical options.
Collecting information for current projects via technology, subcontractors and suppliers throughout the construction chain, can provide customers with a more complete and transparent picture of the progress of projects – increased communication means firms are better positioned to outclass their rivals.
Stricter Penalties for Unsafe Workplace
Safety has always been an issue for the construction industry as more builders have been killed on UK construction sites in the past decade than soldiers fighting overseas, for example, 448 British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan (2001) and over the same time more than 760 British construction workers were killed on UK construction sites.
There has never been a more pressing need for job safety as well as stricter and more severe punishments for companies who place their employees in danger, as it is the most dangerous sector.
The construction industry is one of the country’s most important economic sectors but improved safety recommendations are crucial to help lift the profile of the health and wellbeing of the worker in the current industry and will also attract future workers to an already skill shortage industry.