According to Dodge Data & Analytics – a leading provider of data and analytics serving the North American construction industry – the U.S. Construction industry will rise by 9% in 2015 to $612 billion (2014 saw a gain of 5% to $564 billion). This year will bring some changes in the construction industry and some […]
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We picked our 5 top trends based on insight from both ASME
(The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and Capterra
, a business software provider.
Mike Miller, the Mid-Atlantic Division leader for Southland Industries, a mechanical engineering building firm, told ASME we can expect to see more prefabrication materials. Imagine instead of joining each individual piece of duct together on the jobsite you join several feet together before you ever reach the field. More work is being moving into the shop instead of it being completed in the field. Prefabricated materials improve the on-field schedule.
2. Energy Consumption:
Finding ways to save energy in the construction field is a constant goal. Any time you can use tools or systems which recover energy it’s a win-win.
3. Green Building:
It’s not just a trend, but it’s here to stay. Every one in the construction field is finding ways to be green, whether it’s by using sustainable materials or using products in projects such as energy-efficient windows or appliances, dual-flush toilets or low-flow faucets.
Paper is out! Most companies, if they haven’t already, will start to strictly use construction management software. It will be commonplace to see tablets and laptops used on jobsites.
5. 3-D Printing:
We started talking about 3-D printing in 2014 when the world’s first commercial 3-D printer
became for sale. Then we wrote a blog about the first 3-D printed castle
. 3-D printing is still a new technology and may not be immediately embraced by the industry, but what many believe (us included) is it’s a trend which will greatly impact the construction industry. Particularly because of the focus on green construction, 3-D printing is one trend which can save a great deal of energy.