5 of the Absolute Biggest Construction Trends for 2019

//5 of the Absolute Biggest Construction Trends for 2019

5 of the Absolute Biggest Construction Trends for 2019

The construction industry is constantly evolving because technology changes over time, as do customer demands. Staying on top of emerging trends on construction will help you stay competitive. Here are five of the biggest construction trends for 2019.

Modular Construction

Modular construction is going to be a huge trend this year. The market right now is at $112.4 billion, but it is expected grow to $157 billion by 2023. Not only is spending on modular construction going to go up, construction heights are also going to increase. Modular construction costs less to build, which is why it is so appealing. However, the public doesn’t necessarily find it attractive. You can expect more effort to sway public opinion in favor of modular housing.

Decreases in Labor, Increases in Costs

Right now, there are almost 250,000 construction jobs that need to be filled. This number could rise even higher in the coming months. This creates a big problem. There are tons of construction projects going on right now, and most of them are taking longer than expected to finish because of labor shortages. Meanwhile, materials are becoming increasingly expensive. Iron, lumber, and steel, in particular, have risen in cost. Together, these two factors will make staying competitive a bigger challenge for construction companies.


The commercial drone market is one of the fastest growing construction-related markets right now. Originally, drones were a cheap alternative to planes for taking aerial photos. Now drones are also used for mapping, thermal imaging, volumetrics analysis, and more. The use of drones will allow construction companies to collect more data, which can be used to improve security and maintain budget and timeline goals.

Technology Integration

The construction industry has avoided technology integration longer than most other industries, but this is going to change. Many emerging technologies are well-suited to construction, such as 3D printing, self-driving vehicles, and building information modeling. More companies will start to embrace these technologies. You can expect technology to supplement human workers, rather than replacing them, as there is already a labor shortage.


Last year, construction companies started to pay more attention to sustainable. In 2019, there will be much more focus on sustainability in construction. Sustainable designs and materials are not only better for the environment, but they appeal to consumers and can even save money. The sustainability movement isn’t going away any time soon.

While the labor shortage and rising cost of materials threatens to slow the growth of the construction market, the outlook still looks positive, overall. Technology integration will help make construction work more efficient and the new focus on sustainability will help motivate customers.

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By | 2019-01-28T16:19:46-04:00 January 29th, 2019|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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