Although the construction industry resisted new technologies in the beginning, some are making significant strides in rounds.
Fremont, CA: The latest construction industry statics displays a booming and sustainable sector. Still, the rising construction costs and labor challenges, in addition to new regulations, are reducing the margin for error and waste. Similar construction trends persist every year with slightly different nuances for any industry that remains slower to innovate and embrace trends. New technologies are continuously changing the construction site, improving the ability to win projects, and increasing profit margins.
Here are a few trends that is dominating the construction industry in 2020.
Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR)
These technologies are already making a significant impact on many industries worldwide, and the construction industry is no exception. Buildings are becoming ever more complicated, and these technologies are helping the architects and construction teams enhance designs and detect design errors.
Architects and design teams have been considerably improving the building designs through interactive design and gesture interfacing. 2020 is witnessing this technology's influence on the industry expand even further.
This could range from errors in HVAC system design or finding missing elements that have been overlooked during the design phase.
Another tech trend to watch flourishing in 2020 is the role of 3D printing in the construction industry. The benefits of it have already been explored and exploited by various construction companies globally.
The ability to either prefabricate offsite or directly on-site has obvious labor and material cost benefits over traditional building methods. It also reduces waste, and being automated is not restricted by construction worker shift patterns.
For several decades building regulations have placed more burden on building design to reduce their environmental impact and sustainability. This is a trend that has become more strict in 2020 and beyond.
Optimized energy efficiency and a drive for low to zero carbon emissions have driven innovation in building construction and service design for years. In response, new, better thermal performance materials are being developed that promise to make the future buildings incredibly well insulated for a fraction of the cost of current solutions.