Construction: Top Five Trends for 2019 and Beyond

The construction industry is experiencing change. Prefabrication, new technology, robotics, green buildings and consolidation are trends leading companies must stay ahead of in the near future to be prosperous.

Having been accused of being reticent to change, construction is now ripe for development. Leading companies will increasingly use technology to improve the efficiency of operations, enabling them to create more with the same resources.

Construction firms will also have to adapt to changing government policies which are geared towards sustainability. Trends are changing the shape of the industry and companies must adapt to keep up.


– Will modular housing be a commercial success?

– Can 3D printing be a viable construction technique?

– What is the impact of rising costs?

– What will the effect of BIM be on construction?

– How will the industry react to environmental challenges?

Reasons to buy

- Examine changes in modular construction.

- Assess the future of 3D printing.

- Look at the impact of rising costs.

- Look at the future of Building Information Modelling.

- Assess environmental challenges in the industry.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Overview 2

Catalyst 2

Summary 2

Modular construction is benefiting from need for cost-effective buildings 6

Business case for expanding use of modular construction is driving interest 6

Japan shows how to make prefabricated housing work - leading players must take note 7

On-site factory construction could be next step in modular building efficiency 8

3D printing is entering new development stage, changing construction forever 9

3D printing concrete represents glimpse into rapidly approaching future of construction 9

Capacity to print windows signals movement of manufacturing on-site 10

NASA competition will help push forward innovation in 3D printing 10

Developments in 3D printing enable limits on scale to be lifted, opening opportunities in architecture 11

Rising cost of construction is squeezing margins across industry 12

Squeezed margins are increasingly becoming a feature of construction companies 12

Tariffs will make construction more expensive, potentially creating a long-term trend for price hikes 13

Short-term material shortages are compounded by continuing skills gap 14

Building Information Modelling is changing how buildings are planned 16

Government regulations make BIM essential practice for construction companies 16

Importance of BIM is growing across construction industry, but some areas are slow in adopting 17

Despite possessing a fast growing construction industry, India is failing to adopt BIM 17

Construction is adapting to environmental challenges 19

New material technology is drawing closer to commercial relevancy 19

Next generation materials will transform concrete production by introducing cutting-edge technology 20

Affordable green homes for large populations are becoming a reality, creating demand for old-fashioned materials 21

Conclusions 22

Construction industry is entering a challenging period of significant change 22

Appendix 23

Sources 23

Further Reading 23

Ask the analyst 24

About MarketLine 24

Disclaimer 24

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: 461 Dean, New York 6

Figure 2: Sekisui House, Shizuoka plant 7

Figure 3: Type of Construction Method of New Single-Family Houses Completed, US (thousands) 2000-2017 8

Figure 5: 3D Printhuset, BOD2 construction 3D printer 9

Figure 6: NASA 3D printing automation competition 11

Figure 7: Balfour Beatty, net profit/loss (£m) 2010-2017 12

Figure 8: Percentage price growth of cement in the United States 13

Figure 9: FMB survey, percentage of UK construction companies experiencing difficulty hiring staff, Q2 2018 14

Figure 10: BIM (Building information modeling) example 16

Figure 11: CarbonCure Technologies flow chart 19

Figure 12: CarbonCure Technologies flow chart 20


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