Now that we are a month into 2020, it’s time to look at the trends that will take over this year. By paying attention to these trends you will be able to prepare for the future and ensure that your company doesn’t fall behind. Although many trends have continued to persist in the industry over the years, each of them is bringing something fresh and new to the table in 2020. Here is our list of the top trends that will lead to key advancements in the construction industry in 2020:
Sustainable construction is about preserving the environment and using resources efficiently. The construction industry accounts for one fifth of global emissions. However, with the latest construction trends focusing on sustainability companies can create buildings that are both economical and earth friendly. Ways that the construction industry are creating sustainable solutions include carbon scrubbing building facades, increasing windows to allow natural light, and bricks made of recycled cigarette butts. It will be interesting to see what new innovations will be trending in 2020.
Rising Costs and Labor Shortages
The labor shortage is an issue that continues to plague the construction industry and unfortunately it doesn’t seem as though this trend is going away in 2020. Technology will play a key roll in combating the shortage of young, talented construction professionals. Younger generations relay on and are much more in tune with technology and to keep up with the modern world contractors must modernize their operations to stay competitive and attract talent.
A strong positive 2020 will bring us is a continued wave of stronger safety standards and better safety equipment products. Examples we have already seen include work boots that can send GPS coordinates, moisture-wicking fabric, and cooling vests. Even with all the new and innovative gear, many safety incidents are being prevented with real-time project information and streamlined workflows provided through cloud-based software. The tools that cloud-based software provide help spot safety concerns and allow project managers to get ahead of potential risks. New technology and real-time information are all removing humans from dangerous situations and making the construction industry safer.
Drones have been all the rage for a few years now and construction industries are using drones to survey job sites and ensure that workers are kept out of dangerous situations. They are increasing the safety, accuracy, and efficiency of projects. While the drone trend will likely continue in 2020, there are so many additional innovations that likely to take off and improve in 2020. Examples include robotic bricklayers, building demolishers, and window cleaners.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Although Virtual reality has been around for some time now, the construction industry in finding more and more ways to apply the technology. These technologies are helping construction teams and architects improve designs and detect design errors. Complex logistics can be experiences in virtual reality to make projects more accurate and leave less room for error.
2020 is set to see AR and VR’s influence expand in construction even further. They are primarily being used to:
- 3D model
- Improve and innovate BIM visualization
- Provide permanent record of building
- Explore designs before construction
The construction industry has evolved throughout the years and many of those evolutions have become lasting trends that will be instrumental in 2020. To stay ahead of the curb in the construction industry it is essential to be plugged into technology. Connect with Strategies Group today to see how we can help your company stay competitive in 2020.