In the wake of COVID-19, many changes have occurred within the construction industry. Keeping up with construction trends will prove valuable to any construction business in an industry becoming more competitive and with the market shifting. Here are 5 trends that will be emerging throughout the industry in 2022.
Increasing Demand for Labourers
Over the past few years, there has been a remarkable increase in demand for labour in the construction industry. Not only is quality labour expensive and competitive, but negative perceptions of trade schools also hindered efforts to hire skilled construction workers in the past. With the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, attitudes toward alternative education options and the trade school system changed considerably. This position has allowed construction companies to show off the opportunities for career growth and employment that their industry offers.
Remote Worksites and Mobile Access
Worksite access has never been easier than with mobile applications for the construction industry. Including but not limited to; real-time inspections, on-site accountability, and accurate measurements taken from a mobile device camera. In addition, COVID-19 mandates create a barrier to collaboration without access to materials, workspaces, or other teammates. Fear not, AECOM designed technology that makes public approval meetings virtually possible, so that public projects can continue to advance without in-person meetings. A measuring assistant named AirMeasure and an asset management app named Infotycoon are also available. A company without complete mobile connectivity will have a competitive disadvantage in the coming years.
Rising Material Costs
Interest rates are likely to rise, putting additional pressure on construction costs. To maintain project volume and combat that cost pressure, drones, AR, and BIM will be crucial. Although they ultimately save users money, innovative living materials and technology may drive up costs even further. Here are a few examples:
- 3D graphene
- Invisible solar cells
- Light-generating concrete
- Self-healing concrete
- Transparent aluminum
In recent years, commercial tenants, homebuyers, and landlords have become more aware of green construction. Unfortunately, many sustainable and eco-friendly features remain on the pricier side, despite their long-term savings — although this will change throughout the years as sustainable construction becomes more accessible over the next decade. Green Construction consists of a combination of technology to reduce the carbon footprint of a building and building models that use resources efficiently and reduce the use of raw materials.
Construction Management Software
In order to run a successful construction business, you need to select the right construction management software. Building a valuable business, staying competitive, and mastering operational efficiency requires comprehensive construction management software. Begin by finding software that is user-friendly and will easily integrate with existing software. Consider scalable software that fits your current needs and will grow with them in the future.
In conclusion, keeping an eye on new trends within the construction community will keep you ahead of the competition, while providing your clients with the best services on the market.