The Australian building industry is undergoing a few key trends that will shape construction in the years ahead.
The rise in pre-fab construction
Pre-fabricated construction allows builders to reduce costs and the risk of adverse weather, which can ruin attempts to build on site. Controlled offsite construction also allows for a more accurate build.
New materials such as adapted sheet metal allow builders to lower costs and offer a higher quality finish.
Off-site production allows these materials to be combined in more complex ways to reduce costs.
The death of large IT zones
As businesses move their IT functions to ‘the cloud’ less space will be needed in-office for data centres. Recent research from IT analysts, Gartner Inc estimated that half of all businesses will move the cloud by 2017.
The National Construction Code outlines energy efficiency guidelines that seek to create greener buildings. Builders and designers will pay increasing attention to lay out, orientation, natural lighting, insulation and heating systems in order to improve energy efficiency and meet the requirements of the code.
Despite the move towards greener building, Australia is starting to lag behind the rest of the world. Recent research from World Green Building Trends found that in markets like the US, UK, Germany and Poland, more than 60 percent of projects are certified as green construction. In Australia, that figure is well below the global average of 24%. The leaders in the field are from the developing world including Brazil, China, Saudia Arabia, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa and Chile.