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5 New Trends in Construction

As the economy improves, often the construction business does as well—but that industry is still looking for sound strategies, not just structures.

1) Single-Design Model

Now, to save time and money, there’s a shift to have it all in-house from engineering to coordination, creating a one-stop shop. Through the proper coordination, models can and should go through engineering right into construction. Thirty month projects can get turned into 24-month projects.

2) Materials

Materials such as adapted sheet metal are popular as a guaranteed pressure class for high quality, but its how materials are being used that makes the difference. How these materials are being combined with other new technologies is the key though. Off-site pre-fabrication construction allows more efficient use of materials.

3) Energy Efficiency

Energy consumption is always on the mind in construction. Systems that recover energy through heat wheels and occupancy sensors are becoming vital. By recognizing carbon dioxide in the room, a sensor changes the ventilation and, therefore, the energy needed.

4) Permanent Modular Construction

Modular construction fits particularly well when you’re in a time crunch, from fast food restaurants that need to go up quickly to army barracks for military deployment. It also allows you to have an easier time doing the building as you go. Instead of building 100,000 square feet, you can do 25,000 and then later, add on.

5) Flexible enough for the challenge

Well-rounded mechanical engineers who can go beyond calculations to fitting into coordinated engineering design models will render themselves invaluable. Your company should be flexible enough to model client’s requirements into reality.

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