Construction has come a long way. From rolling large stones, to using an ox carrier, to elevating everything you’d need with a big crane. Keeping up with construction trends is almost as important as keeping up with the Kardashians, in a sense. So what construction trends are ruling the building construction companies’ job sites right now?
Fast Track Construction
This style of construction allows for buildings to be finished sooner than they ever have before. Fast track construction boomed in popularity at the start of the 21st century. With this method, construction begins before a building is entirely conceptualized. That way, a construction general contractor can get the bones built while the design features are still decided on. This style is particularly helpful for residential general contractors because many homeowners want a say but have not yet purchased a property. It’s estimated that about 40% of construction projects are currently done this way.
This style of architecture relies on using recycled material to build part or all of a property. For example, local construction companies might you salvaged brick from a school torn down to build homes in the community. Reclaimed copper is also a common material for sustainable architecture because copper is so expensive, it makes plenty of sense to buy used copper.
Three Dimensional Printing
If the 21st century is defined by fast track construction, the 22nd century will likely be defined by three dimensional printing. The technology only recently started, but it is bound to make a big splash in commercial and residential construction. Right now, 3D printers can build 3.5 meters of building material per hour. At this rate, a 3D printer could just print to an entire building free of human error in just one week. It would certainly be prudent for each building construction companies to invest in a 3D printer.