With new technology and construction methods, worldwide construction faces new challenges in 2017. Most of us have seen these before, although the severity of not having a good grasp on these could sink your construction business in the next twelve months. Here are some of the big trends:

1. Green Building Construction Continues in 2017

Commissioners and specifiers will increase environmentally friendly new requirements. Worldwide adoption of these regulations and new legislation will ensure new builds are in line with green practices.

– In SF, 10+ story builds must include solar
– The UK has pledged to build 4 million solar-powered homes
– Kazakstan is set to build entire green city for Expo 17

In 2018, the world is expected to see green certified buildings double with more and more BREEAM and Lead certified builds.

2. Modular to Increase 6% Globally by 2022

With shorter build times and more cost-consciousness, many countries are expected to see an uptake in modular buildings in 2017.

-In Sweden, 84% of detached homes are built with prefabricated timber elements
-15% In Japan
– US, Australia and UK are at 5%
-Third world countries are taking a closer look at pre-fab to meet their housing shortages and cost constraints
-Tallest modular tower (in Brooklyn) is being built  at 461 Dean measuring 32 stories high

3. Rise of the Drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) are expected to make an impact on building sites from 2017 onwards. A single UAV unit allows for quick and easy 3d mapping of any given area, without potential danger to workers.

Drones can now relay data, video and results in real time. Increasing efficiency and productivity at the worksite. UAV’s can also lift and carry small items, helpful on extra tall developments and is already a widespread success on site inspections.

4. Building Information Modeling (BIM)

If your firm is still using 2d processes, 2017 will need to be the year your company transitions. Old school methods of modeling are the past, building information modeling allows organizations to create perfect 3d computer designs of buildings. Architectural designs can be modeled with specific building systems already in place, speeding up the process.

Builders, engineers and worksite teams can assess clashes and conflicts between electrical and plumbing, and then solve issues before foundations have been poured. The benefits are huge, BIM allows for construction to be done at a higher standard, faster, safer, and is more affordable than ever, thanks to this tech.

5. Construction & High Tech

Apps and other mobile operated software helps building sites with time sheets, performance reports, task allocation, field coordination and more. This reduces admin time and allows supervisors to get on with critical build requirements.

It’s clear we’re entering the connected age, new buildings, offices, and houses are all now linked to devices such as tablets and smart phones. These structures and their crucial systems (ex. HVAC) can now be controlled by users remotely. This new tech impacts maintenance levels, improves energy efficiency, and speeds up troubleshooting.

Whatever 2017 holds for the construction industry, at UA Builders Group we understand the value of service excellence and quality. UA is here for you with a team you can trust – professionals with the talent and expertise to handle every aspect of your project from conception and design, to construction, management and completion.