5 New Trends In Construction and Building


In the building and construction industry, efficiency is what they’re all about. If a project runs efficiently and the schedule, the likelihood of them saving money is much higher.

Here are 5 of some of the biggest trending methods in the building and construction industry right now.

1. Pre-fab Construction

As builders and stakeholders within the construction industry grapple with increased pressure to maintain efficiency amid building delays and unpredictable weather events, one particular construction method is gaining momentum – pre-fab construction.

Prefabricated construction means a lot of the building can be conducted in more of a controlled environment, rather than on a construction site, increasing productivity and minimising risk.

Major Australia developers including Australand, Hickory and Lend Lease have already implemented these efficiencies in certain parts of their supply chain. Lend Lease’s recently finished Forte apartments in Melbourne was largely completed in a factory.

2. Permanent Modular Construction

Permanent modular construction is set to become a huge trend in building in coming years, providing quick and efficient construction methods whilst using many of the same techniques as commercial construction but on a residential scale. With the “boxes” being constructed largely offsite, it allows buildings to be added onto later.

The buildings consist of multiple sections, called modules, constructed in an offsite location and then transported to its intended site. Cranes then place the construction onto its foundations.

Credit: Brandt Companies

3. Energy Efficiency

Energy consumption is always on the mind during construction, from the buildings initial stages of design through to when the building is set to be purchased.

The inclusion of energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC) is part of a comprehensive strategy being undertaken by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to reduce GHG emissions and use energy more efficiently. The NCC energy efficiency requirements apply to all classifications of buildings covered in the NCC.

4. Single-Design Model

Traditionally engineering documents were created and then given to the contractor to re-draw the building with different information. Now there has been a shift to have it all in-house, from engineering to coordination, significantly reducing the engineering, right through to construction.

5. Materials

As technology increases and progresses, so do the materials that are constructing our buildings. Adapted sheet metal in particular are popular as a guaranteed pressure class for high quality finishes.

However the way these materials are being combined with other new technologies is key. Off-site pre-fab construction allows more efficient use of materials. Instead of joining one piece together at a time, you can join many at once, speeding up the construction process.

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