Since last year, the pandemic changed how the construction industry does business.
The pandemic has affected the way we do business. Rising construction costs and labor shortages persist challenges in sourcing materials and scheduling.
New technology continues to change the construction site, improve the ability to win projects, and increase profit margins.
Here are some of the construction industry trends for 2022 that we think will matter:
New Tools – or tool technology
o Use of robots – Hilti
o Environmental sensors
o 3D printing
o BIM 360
o Augmented Reality
o Concrete sensors
– real-time inspections
– actionable data that can be used for rapid decision-making
– Personal safety -can perform jobs in place of human workers to prevent injury, – [requiring scaling supertall structures]
o One of the most noticeable construction trends of the past few years is a vast increase in the demand for labor.
Quality labor is expensive and competitive.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women occupy only 10.9% of construction industry jobs, and industry hiring trends show a 94% growth in female-owned construction firms from 2007 to 2018; additionally, 30% of construction companies promoted a woman to a senior position in 2018.
The industry is also targeting Generation Z, [born between 1995 and 2010] in recruiting efforts. In the past, negative perceptions of trade school were detrimental to efforts to hire new talent in construction.
Remote working and Mobile Access
o COVID-19 mandated that we collaborate without physical access to materials, spaces or clients.
o Zoom/Virtual meetings
Rising Material cost / Delays
o Price Index for construction goods increased by 17% year over year in 2021.
o Doors and windows 90 days away
o Garage doors – 6 months
o Shortage of items like LSL studs, construction adhesive, foam, etc
o Renewable energy sources captured 11% of the energy market in 2019
o Greenscaping, the practice of outfitting rooftops with plant coverings and small parks, is now commonplace
o Gray water
o Sensors – lighting / LED / HVAC
Modular and Off Site Building
o Modular and prefab construction is in the middle of a multiyear boom that isn’t showing signs of slowing down. [Residential]
o Driven by a lack of skilled labor and an increase in cost-cutting technology.
o Modular projects offer the ability to better regulate employee safety in climate-controlled, ventilated environments
Residential projects – what’s hot
o People improving homes – have extra money not spent on vacations / COVID
o Home offices [covid driven]
Outdoor living: [decks, porches, heaters, pools, patio kitchens] [COVID Driven]
o Ensuite master bedrooms and baths
o Walk-in [curb less] showers – Lots of glass / spacious
o Aging in place remodeling [enlarging doorways, eliminating floor thresholds, grab bars, 1st-floor bedrooms/baths
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