New technologies, innovations and development all contribute to positive change within an industry. And construction is no different. There are various changes taking place within the construction sector that are helping to improve efficiencies, sustainability and health and safety. These are benefitting both businesses and clients and creating a positive impact on the wider world.
It’s no secret that the increasing use of technology such as AI and robotics has been sweeping across businesses in a number of different sectors. But how have these impacted construction?
Building information modelling (BIM), robotics and 3D printing have resulted in collaborative planning, advanced design and increased quality. This has helped save time and budget due to the reduction in errors and greater efficiency.
Prefabrication and modular construction have grown in popularity, largely due to the efficiency and flexibility that these types of buildings offer. Modular building hire is also cost-effective and offers a way for businesses to continue normal operations if their usual premises are unsuitable. Because these types of buildings are produced off site, there is less chance of environmental conditions affecting the process.
They can also be used across a variety of applications, including housing, offices, health centres and educational facilities.
Modular construction creates less waste, making it a more energy-efficient way of building temporary structures. Other sustainable developments in construction include incorporating renewable energy solutions, protecting local, natural habitats and using eco-friendly materials.
Advancements in materials
As well as using new materials such as composites, the construction industry has developed greater techniques to provide better quality and durability. Some examples include flexible concrete, hydroceramics and bio-coal lining.
These innovations are likely to provide greater sustainability as well as reduce the need for continued repair work and maintenance. As consumers seek out longer-lasting products, the continued advancements in material development will offer solutions to a range of challenges within construction.
Construction sites are subject to a number of health and safety risks, but new technologies such as the Internet of Things has greatly benefitted site workers. Devices, sensors and monitors are being utilised across the industry to promote safety and streamline safety protocols to help spot hazards quickly, preventing accidents and injuries.
Although many of these changes come with increased cost, demand is still likely to rise as people recognise the importance of seeking new solutions.
As well as improving business success, increasing quality and efficiency, all of these factors will help contribute towards the government’s net zero strategy. The construction industry is well on its way to producing less carbon emissions than ever before, while delivering better quality products for us all to live and work in.