The past two years have been particularly unique when it comes to the construction industry, with a particular set of challenges changing methodologies, trade workwear, and priorities in the industry.
With the industry seeing the potential for considerable change over the next decade, here are some trends in the industry we should expect over the next year.
The Growth Of Living Materials
One particularly exciting avenue of development in the world of construction is the development of self-repairing materials that use bacteria or fungi to repair cracks and fissures in building materials.
Given that one of the critical concerns in construction is ensuring structurally stable repairs, the ability for some materials to repair themselves from the inside could change construction as we know it, and experiments in self-growing concrete already look promising.
People have been using 3D printers on a small scale for many years. An ideal tool for small-scale prototyping or constructing small runs of smaller items, the 3D printing principle has extended further into full-size production.
Houses and even whole neighbourhoods have been created using 3D printing, which helps firms to create custom-shaped buildings and components that would have been unaffordable less than a decade ago.
The Rise Of Sustainable Modular Construction
On the opposite end of the spectrum, modular construction has seen a fairly steady rise over the past few years which does not appear to be changing any time soon.
One change that may be seen in modular construction, however, is the use of more sustainably sourced building materials, such as timber frames, in the construction of homes and offices.
With the demand for housing at an all-time high, construction methods that allow for homes to be constructed quickly are likely to be prioritised.