“This year promises a lot of exciting developments in the South African construction industry as innovative products and methods begin to make their way into the market. Socio-political and environmental realities are also going to have a major impact on business operations and systems within the construction industry. “ Says Byron Naude of Bhejane Projects.
Here’s a look at some of the 2019 construction trends.
Building and Construction Trends
The way in which construction companies manage, design and develop any project is being fundamentally changed by BIM, which continues to dominate construction trends. This is enhancing overall accuracy, improving the exchange of information between stakeholders and increasing safety measures.
Construction companies that are not already incorporating the use of drones will most certainly pick up on this trend in 2019. These are saving on weeks of time as surveyors can assess an area in a matter of minutes.
– Cloud and mobile
Storage of project information and the seamless sharing of this is made infinitely easier by the adoption of cloud storage on mobile technology. It is significantly cheaper than previous storage technologies and is going to see much growth in 2019.
“Socio-political and environmental realities are also going to have a major impact on business operations and systems within the construction industry. “ Says Byron Naude of Bhejane Projects.
– Energy Efficiency
Global environmental concerns are just going to continue upwards, impacting on all manner of construction practices. Energy efficient buildings are going to become the norm, rather than just a novelty, with solar panels and other sustainable initiatives working towards zero-net-energy buildings.
– Water conservation
Worldwide droughts and water shortages are demanding that all new developments are constructed with water conservation in mind. This involves conserving water in the actual building process, as well as developing structures that are water secure. We’ll see more low water pressure appliances and indigenous landscaping.
– Sustainable materials
Developers are looking for sustainability in design and resources, which means reusable building products will take centre stage in 2019. Recycled steel and wood, as well as eco-friendly products like clay, will be the preferred option.
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– Job creation
It’s a New Dawn in South Africa as well as the year of our national and provincial elections which means lots of electoral promises will be made. One of these is the promise of investment to boost the economy and improve job creation. However, the current budget is restraining government spending, and the higher taxes are affecting individual spend, so we might have to wait and see if this will truly be beneficial for the construction industry.
– Tackling corruption
Irregular tenders, bribery and corruption are being highlighted as the realities of State Capture unfold. If truly implemented, this could result in a fairer playing field for construction industries – it just remains to be seen if it is effectively dealt with.
– Supporting local
President Ramaphosa is also encouraging the support of locally-manufactured products rather than inferior imported goods. Protecting the local sector in the long run, but might result in higher product costs short-term.
Locally, the build-up to and post-election debate on construction will certainly be worth listening to and overall, does seem promising for the sector. Globally, huge advancements can be expected in the world of technology, just make sure you’re not being left behind.