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Commercial Building Trends That Are Changing Construction



The history of construction has always been told in distinct stages. Namely, whenever some new breakthrough was made, the following decades followed the simple logic of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So, ever since we’ve seen the introduction of internet and CAD, the things have been pretty stale. Well, up until recently.

These days, it is hard to escape the feeling that we are finally on the brink of the next major construction breakthrough. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that are reshaping the industry.

Augmented reality

The virtual/augmented reality has been present on the worksites ever since 2017. However, it took some time for the technology to become refined and affordable enough to truly reshape the industry. Although there is still a lot of room for improvement in both these regards, it is hard to deny that today AR tech does a great job helping the architects and engineers to get a much better grasp of their projects and detect eventual errors early in the design phase.

The growth of the industry

In order for any change to take place, it has to envelop on a large scale. Fortunately, the construction industry is finally undergoing growth that can support the introduction of new trends. The cause of this can be found in the flow of the global economy. Namely, developed countries like Australia are shifting focus on more service-driven sectors, a change that entails the construction of new retails stores, offices, and industrial buildings. The construction industry is booming as a result.

The rise of structural resilience

Over the last few years, we have seen a growing number of natural disasters devastating populated areas. That is why the construction industry is doing its best not only to reduce the environmental impact left by the wreckage but also to increase the structural resiliency of the new buildings. Taking once more Australia as an example, we can see experts for structural engineering in Sydney extending their efforts even on the ordinary house construction sites, which is a very welcome change.

Green design is taking over the industry

Sustainable buildings are steadily transforming from a popular trend to the absolute prerequisite threatening to completely take over the industry. The reasons are twofold. First and foremost, customers greatly benefit from sustainable buildings through better health and long-term savings. Second, the growing number of government rebates and green initiatives we can see all around the world are making the construction industry very hard to resist the temptation.

Modular constructions are growing

And we mean that both figuratively and literary. So, according to a recent report, modular construction market in the US is expected to grow from USD 112.42 billion in 2018 to USD 157.19 billion by the end of 2023 creating a lot of new jobs in the process. In a more literal sense, the evolution of engineering and production technology allowed modular buildings to grow from 10-15 to whopping 32 floors as we can see in Dean, New York’s tallest modular building.

Technology eliminating redundancy

Whenever some new technology was introduced throughout history, there was a growing fear that the mentioned technology will put the workforce out of the equation. Fortunately, the latest tech developments we can see in construction industry like drones, AI, construction robots, and others indicate that they are aimed more at eliminating redundancy and streamlining the projects rather than closing the jobs. All of them are just tools operated by rich human insight.

Reuse of old buildings

Finally, as time goes by, we can see an increasing number of owners opting to restore and repurpose old buildings rather than tear them apart. This welcome development doesn’t only breathe new life into abandoned structures; it also preserves and revitalizes the old urban areas, and pushes the entire industry in the exciting new direction. In this scenario, old solutions are no longer applicable, and there is a strong need for fresh input and creative thinking.

As we can see, there are a lot of exciting things currently going on in the world of construction. And the best thing about them is that we really don’t have an idea what are their final reaches. It seems that building technology is evolving with each passing second – the world we will wake up in just a couple of years from now may look unrecognizable to us.