Thinking ahead to the year 2020 feels like we should expect a sci-fi future of flying cars and food replicators, even if it’s just next year. Warp-speed space missions aren’t with us yet, but there are still futuristic trends on the horizon. While next year looks a lot more mundane than an episode of The Jetsons, innovations abound — perhaps especially in the construction industry.
No future tech will ever replace the expertise of a skilled craftsman, but there are changes coming in this evolving industry. Here are five trends to watch in 2020.
1) Modular and Off-Site Construction
As the construction labor shortage lingers, leaders in the industry are still looking for ways to do more with less, to make jobs accessible to unskilled workers, and to keep costs low. The movement towards off-site, manufacturing-based construction is gaining traction as a way to address these issues.
Defined as contracting a single company to both design and build a project, the design/build model is gaining popularity. According to ConstructionDive, design-build projects are expected to grow by 18% over the next three years. The model has the potential to lower costs and reduce timelines due to streamlined communication and workflows, and all but three states in the U.S. have approved design-build for public projects.
3) Construction Tech
It’s true that the construction industry has been traditionally slow to adopt technology, but that is changing. Tech is taking the construction industry mobile and making all aspects of the industry leaner, faster and more profitable. From digitized timecards and reports to technology-enabled construction material delivery, there are tech answers for nearly any construction problem.
4) Smart Homes
According to Building Design + Construction, “Smart buildings are the new green.” Building residences with smart home technology in mind makes the home more desirable, gives the new owners a more livable, functional space, and conserves energy and natural resources. Expect to see more homebuilders integrating tech from the ground up.
5) Green Integrations
Even though smart homes are at the top of many homebuyers’ minds, expect to see demand — or even requirements — for integrated green technology in new homes. California recently passed a requirement that any new home have built-in solar panels starting in 2020. The rise of electric vehicles is leading both homebuilders and commercial contractors to incorporate charging stations into their builds, too.
No matter what the future holds for the construction industry, contractors still need the materials to do their jobs, and they need those materials on time. RenoRun offers a tech-enabled alternative to traditional ordering, allowing you to order materials from your smartphone in advance or in an instant. To find out more, contact RenoRun online today.