The trends in the commercial construction industry keep on changing like other industries. Keeping yourself aware is crucial if you want to survive and thrive in the construction industry. Knowledge about these trends is of immense importance for both investors and construction contractors.

Right now, the economic climate is shifting with the change in the global climate. The commercial construction industry is adjusting to these new trends. We’ve made a list of 9 construction trends that you need to know.

You should pay attention to these trends before starting your new Commercial Construction project. These will help you diversify and modernize your construction design and approach.

1. Smart Buildings

This goes without saying as the construction industry has always been the first to incorporate smart technology. Smart technology systems such as data monitoring and remote are already in use. With the emergence and progress of technology, the demand for smart buildings is increasing at a much faster rate.

2. Going Green

People and companies are paying more attention to the climate change factor. Residential buildings and commercial infrastructures all have adapted and embraced the ‘go-green’ culture. It has evolved from a movement to standard that you should try to follow.

Renewable energy is in trend and will continue to engage companies and people. Geothermal energy is another trend that is on the rise due to its cost-effective benefits. So, you must look out for viable solutions and introduce such a system in new buildings.

3. Off-Site Construction

We’ve seen the rise of modular and prefabricated construction in some areas. This is a trend that is going to spread across the globe. Offsite construction not only saves time but money also which makes it an appropriate construction approach.

The big construction companies are going to adapt this trend sooner as it is cost saving. It is easy for them to prefabricate building components at an offsite and then use them onsite.

4. Commercial Entertainment Zones

Another recent trend that is getting popularity is the development of commercial entertainment zones.  Both tenants and commercial developers fueling the trend of entertainment zones. In this way, businesses are complementing each other without competing with each other. This new trend has added a new touch to the commercial construction industry.

This modern trend is going to spread as more and more developers are embracing it. And we can say without any doubt that this is going to very successful.

5. Remodeling and Adaptation

Retrofitting is a cost-effective approach and many businesses find it an easy solution to get things done. Adapting current developments and remodeling the existing ones is now a growing trend in the commercial construction industry. Many leading commercial companies are adapting existing buildings instead of new developments.

6. Quality Senior Housing

With the rise in average life expectancy, the senior housing sector is booming. New senior communities are developing rapidly, especially in suburban areas. If we keep this in mind, commercial developments have to complement the needs of these senior citizens.

Also, established commercial and residential buildings will require remodeling. The remodeling may be small, whereas some buildings will require full-scale renovations.

7. Shortage of Skilled Labor

The recessions and bad economic conditions are forcing skilled labor out of work. We’ve seen in the past that once left, only a few people return back to their old professions. And the same is expected to happen as people tend to find secure ways of earning a livelihood.

The construction industry has always been the sector neglected by the tech-minded young people. So, we can say that the shortage is there to stay for a long period. Also, the decrease in immigration will further complicate this issue.

8. Building Information Modeling

In commercial construction, Building Information Modeling or BIM is becoming a go-to for designing. BIM not only provide the simulation but also help in the automation process. In a way, it speeds up the execution by offering the right simulation before the construction process begins.

9. Laser Scanning Technology

We already have discussed the emerging trend of smart technology in the construction industry. The 3-D laser scanning technology is the next adaptation to this industry. These scanners provide better visualization of positions and dimensions to produce digital reproductions.

Right now, only a handful of companies are using 3D laser scanners to create digital reproductions. However, this trend is expected to grow across the industry as 3-D printing offers the next logical progression.

Bottom Line

New trends are shaping the commercial construction industry in big ways. In order to keep up with these trends, the contractors have to adapt to these changes. You should understand these trends and utilize them in the forthcoming projects.