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5 Construction Trends That Will Continue in 2019

Now that 2018 is practically over, it’s time to review construction industry trends and see which ones look like they’re here to stay.

2018  has been an interesting year, with many changes to technology, supply routes, and more. As the construction industry continues to grow and evolve, companies need to remain up-to-date if they want to stay competitive.

Here are 5 construction trends that will continue into 2019.

  1. Technological advancements and integration

Although the construction industry has traditionally been slow to adopt new technologies, this trend is here to stay. Construction project management software has been getting better and many project management resources are bundling time, scheduling, and project management to offer more advantages.

Drone usage is also becoming more popular thanks to its ability to take photo and videos of the landscape and add more details to survey data. Contractors can now acquire drones and other construction technologies at a reasonable cost and with features that meet their needs.

  1. Green Construction Technology

Green construction is a growing -and powerful- field. More plans and buildings are using green technology to create resource-efficient and environmentally responsible building projects. It encompasses everything from planning and design to the construction, maintenance, and demolition of a structure.

At present, 20% of global emissions are attributable to the construction industry, but with a growing population and aging buildings, more construction is needed. By using sustainable methods and focusing on building longevity, the industry can support instead of harm the environment.

Other green construction trends in 2019 include self-healing asphalt, air conditions driven by thermal conditions, and bricks made from recycled cigarette ends.

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  1. Modular and Prefabricated Construction Projects

Modular and prefabricated construction projects are foremost among the construction industry trends in 2019. Modular methods increase the rate at which residential and commercial buildings can be constructed, can save developers a lot of time and money, and will produce a unit that meets client specifications. Units are built at a factory offsite, which abolishes weather delays and concerns. Unused and excess material is recycled, thereby cutting back waste.

  1. Growing Material Cost

Material costs look set to increase as 2018 ends and 2019 unfolds. These costs have been going up since December 2017, with a 9% increase in the price of building materials since this time last year.

The biggest cost increases occurred in iron, steel, manufactured steel products, and softwood lumber. As long as supply is low and costs are up, this construction industry trend will continue into 2019.

  1. Reduced Labour Force

There are a lot of projects in progress, but a labour shortage has resulted in slowed or stalled production. Since the unemployment rate, especially in the U.S. construction industry, remains low, there are several available positions for workers seeking jobs. This, in turn, makes it more difficult for firms to attract new employees. Unless more is done to attract people to careers in construction, this trend will likely continue into 2019.

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