What emerging trends will shape Construction in 2018 ?
Modular construction looks set to gain momentum in 2018, populating the country with homes and even factories constructed off-site and put together in a matter of hours. In the midst of this amazing progress, the industry is struggling with major skills shortages while it faces increasing globalisation. Here is what construction in 2018 is going to look like, according to the experts.
New business models and technologies will have to be adopted due to skills shortages
Skills and labour shortages have been hitting the UK construction industry hard, and it’s expected to get worse as 2018 progresses. Consequently, there may be permanent changes in how the sector conducts business and meets customer demand.
The emergence of modular construction solutions such as the ‘factory in a box’, allows design innovation to product more assets with minimal resources.
This easy-to-assemble factory, which is designed with business information modeling (BIM), can be shipped and assembled in markets where potential is high but funding for large dedicated on-site teams is limited.
10% of traditional contractors will gradually disappear due to construction-integrated manufacturing
Construction-integrated manufacturing and modular construction will play an increasingly important role globally in 2018. Modular is already expected to increase by 6% in the next five years, with countries like Sweden using prefab timber elements to build close to 84% of its detached homes.
In Japan, nearly 25% of all new housing is prefabricated, an accomplishment that shows both the quality of modular construction output and how many new workers the field attracts. Japanese firms especially value prefab construction for its efficiency, as it eliminates the last-minute changes that can delay onsite construction and minimize the quality of the completed property.