The construction industry is one of the oldest and most important industries in the world, as it shapes the built environment that we live in and helps to create the infrastructure that supports our modern way of life.
Approximately 7.5 million are employed within the industry in the U.S. In recent years, advancements in technology and a growing concern for sustainability have led to many exciting developments in the world of construction, and these trends are only set to grow in the coming years.
The Rise of New Technology
One of the key changes in the construction industry will be the increasing use of technology, such as building information modeling (BIM), drones, and 3D printing.
According to Deloitte, these technologies will improve efficiency and accuracy throughout the construction process, from design to completion. In addition, the use of off-site construction methods, such as prefabrication, will also become more prevalent, further streamlining the building process.
Another technological trend in construction will be the increased use of automation and robotics. As technology continues to advance, it will become increasingly possible to automate many aspects of the construction process.
Another major trend in the construction industry is a focus on sustainability. This includes not only reducing waste and emissions during the construction process, but also designing and building structures that are more energy-efficient and have a smaller carbon footprint.
The green trend is being driven by both public demand and government regulations and is likely to continue to grow in importance in the coming years.
According to Ernst & Young, “[companies] can only grow sustainably if they simultaneously manage the growing urgency of environmental degradation and climate change.”
In addition, the use of renewable materials like bamboo, straw bale, and rammed earth, as well as innovative building practices like green roofs, rainwater harvesting, and geothermal heating and cooling, are becoming more common within the industry. These trends are not only good for the environment, but they can also lead to more comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient buildings.
Welcoming the New School
Finally, demographic changes, such as an aging workforce and a shortage of skilled workers, will also have an impact on the construction industry.
According to Michael Bellman, President and CEO of ABC, “ABC’s 2022 workforce shortage analysis sends a message loud and clear: The construction industry desperately needs qualified, skilled craft professionals to build America.”
To address these challenges, the industry will need to invest in training and development programs to attract and retain young workers, and to upskill current workers to meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. Plan on attending networking and campus events to connect with the new generation of workers that will eventually shape the industry.
In conclusion, the future of construction is full of exciting opportunities and challenges, as technology and sustainability continue to shape the industry. From the increased use of automation and robotics to the adoption of sustainable materials and practices, and the growing use of virtual and augmented reality, the next few years are set to be an exciting time for the construction industry. These developments will help to create better, more efficient, and more sustainable built environments, and will play a critical role in shaping the world we live in for generations to come.
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