2020 Commercial Construction Trends

//2020 Commercial Construction Trends

2020 Commercial Construction Trends

When someone mentions commercial construction careers, the first things someone might imagine is people wearing hardhats and swinging hammers. But construction leaders are often on the cutting edge of business and technology in order to stay competitive. From new legislation aimed at protecting workers in the field to the use of 3D printing, 2019 was an exciting year for construction advancements. Here are some of the 2020 commercial construction trends we’re seeing on the horizon.

The Rise of Digital Technologies

Digital technologies like robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence are all transforming the way that construction firms operate. Worksites are making use of technological advancements to keep their teams safe on construction projects. The use of drones is becoming more common across the industry and can help to improve both safety and productivity. Construction firms who are leading the pack are taking advantage of the technological advancements that help them be safer and more efficient.

New Safety Equipment

Good construction leadership always know the importance of keeping workers safe on job sites. There is always a demand for better safety equipment to reduce the number of accidents and deaths across the industry. Last year, we shared some of the legal changes being made at the federal level to keep workers safe from heat-related injuries. 2020 is already looking to continue that momentum by ushering in a new era of construction safety with several new equipment advances. One unique tool is Wi-Fi enabled work boots that can inform worksite supervisors where employees are and even if they might be too tired to operate heavy machinery.

Green Construction Trends

Owners, contractors, and construction estimators will face even more pressure this year to build projects in an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient way. From carbon scrubbing building facades and bricks made of recycled cigarette butts to self-healing asphalt and thermally driven air conditioners, there is a variety of green construction products already being used to help create a carbon-neutral footprint. Be on the lookout for some of the following green construction trends that are expected to influence the future of commercial building:

  • LEED Certification – A growing number of commercial businesses are recognizing the advantages of LEED-certified construction. It not only helps owners use less water and energy, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Net-Zero Energy Buildings – The concept of a building creating as much renewable energy as it consumes is referred to as net-zero energy. California is one of the first states to set net-zero energy goals for all new commercial construction projects by the year 2030. Some companies across the nation have also committed to producing as much energy as they use by installing wind turbines, geothermal and solar energy systems and more energy-efficient light bulbs.


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By | 2020-01-29T21:50:34-05:00 January 30th, 2020|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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