The construction business looks up when the economy booms and this is a time for innovation. Let's take a look at the latest trends in construction.
As a matter of fact, the commercial construction industry is looking for sound strategies and options, says Hogan & Associates Construction, Inc. Given the context of the dip in the industry a few years ago, people are cautious and looking for value for money, at this point. This is to safeguard against another downturn that could be around the corner.
- One-stop-shop design: traditionally, the model that was followed in the construction was that the blue-print for the building would be created by the engineer and given to the contractor for construction. Today this model has changed to one where everything from engineering to construction is given to the same company to save money and time. This prevents 12-month projects extending to 24 months or more.
- Pre-fab: The same materials are being used as before, but the way they are being used has changed. Companies are increasingly using the pre-fab route to improve schedules. It helps when you can join 20 feet of ducting offsite and bring the whole piece down rather than bring 20 1-foot pieces of ducting. It speeds up the construction process.
- Energy consumption: This has always been one of the primary concerns in construction. The twist is that, now, devices like energy sensors and energy recovery systems are being used to make energy use more efficient. A conference room that isn’t being used for months can now be ventilated in a different manner to save energy.
- Modular construction: This is the new mantra in construction. Modules can last for as long as 50 years and this can allow you to build rapidly, in modules. Instead of erecting 100,000 square feet at once, you can setup 25,000 at the first shot and then add more as you go along.
- Flexible mindset: This is an invaluable addition to implement new design models into the existing system and this can only be done by people who can think outside the box or eliminate the box altogether, in thinking. The flexible mechanical engineer is the one who will face the challenges posed by the emerging trends in the construction industry.
These are some of the trends in the construction industry at this point of time.