As the world grapples with challenges like climate change and economic uncertainty, the construction industry is adapting and innovating at an unprecedented pace, so for this week’s blog, we’re asking what’s in store for 2024?
From technological advancements to an increased focus on the adoption of sustainable materials and practices, here are just three thought-provoking trends to watch in the coming year.
1. AI takes the reins
No longer the subject of science fiction, Artificial intelligence (AI) has entered the construction landscape and is poised to revolutionise the processes we follow at every stage – from generative AI that can design buildings with optimal efficiency and sustainability all the way through to robots that can handle dangerous or repetitive tasks. For the not too distant future, imagine AI-powered software that could:
- Generate personalised floor plans based on your lifestyle and needs.
- Predict potential problems on a project before they arise, saving both time and money.
- Optimise construction schedules and logistics for maximum efficiency.
- Monitor construction sites in real-time, ensuring safety and quality control.
According to a report by Deloitte Insights, the rise of generative AI could mark a pivotal moment in the industry’s digital transformation. With this kind of technology in use, companies in the sector can potentially achieve a host of benefits such as reduced costs, enhanced building performance and safety, and greater sustainability.
2. Building green
Once considered a niche concern, sustainability (in terms of both materials and practices) has now taken centre stage as a core value within the construction industry.
A recent article published by PlanRadar suggests that, in 2024, sustainable construction technologies are set to drive the sector towards more eco-friendly practices that will not only reduce the environmental impact of construction but also create buildings that are naturally more energy-efficient and comfortable. The article states:
“Green construction methods and materials, such as recycled plastics and bio-based materials, will be increasingly utilised to reduce carbon emissions and waste. Moreover, energy-efficient technologies, including solar panels and smart grids, will be integrated into building designs to lower energy consumption and embrace renewable resources.
“On-site waste management technologies and recycling processes will also be prevalent, aiming to minimise construction waste. Techniques like rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling will see greater integration for resource conservation. Together, these advancements in sustainable construction technology will usher in a new era of environmentally responsible construction, contributing to the global effort to combat climate change.”
Alongside the sustainability methods, materials and technologies suggested by PlanRadar, other predictions include a growing focus on practices like ‘modular construction’ whereby prefabricated building components can reduce waste and improve construction speed; and ‘passive design’ which utilises natural light, ventilation, and thermal mass to minimise energy consumption.
3. Data driven decisions
The construction industry is sitting on a goldmine of data, from building plans and sensor readings to project schedules and financial records. The question of how to harness this data in order to make better decisions has now been answered in the form of big data analytics (another trend prediction highlighted by the Deloitte Insights report for 2024).
With big data guiding decisions, there is the potential to transform the way we build, making it more efficient, sustainable, and profitable. For instance, companies could use big data analytics to:
- Identify trends and patterns that can improve efficiency and safety.
- Predict potential problems before they occur and take preventive measures.
- Improve resource allocation and scheduling.
- Gain insights into customer preferences and market trends.
Embracing the new year as a canvas for innovation
For many people, the beginning of a new year is seen as something of a clean slate, a chance to make some changes or try something new. For the construction industry, 2024 looks set to go far beyond that – presenting not only a clean slate but also a canvas that’s primed for innovation, sustainability and some mind-blowing technology!
The three trends mentioned above are just some of what’s expected to shape the future of the construction industry in 2024 and beyond with other areas including further advancement in cloud-computing and real-time digital collaborations plus greater use of drones for surveying and inspection work . No doubt there will also be even more innovation and progress just around the corner so, grab your hard hats and blueprints and let’s get ready to embrace the future!
Is there a construction trend or innovation you’re excited about? Perhaps something you’ve trialled already and can tell us more about? Or maybe an innovative technology you can’t wait to explore? Share your thoughts with us by commenting over on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.
Feature image: Freepik