08.08.2018 | By Arlinda Sipilä

The construction industry is going digital and things are moving fast. We dug a little deeper into a few key areas which are likely to have a great impact on the industry in the years to come.

This blog post continues our new weekly series discussing the 6 key trends in the construction industry, one topic at a time. You can find the previous topics here:

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Key trends in the construction industry

The construction industry, often seen as a relatively conservative field, has over the last few years started to change rapidly. New technology has become available, and it is helping to make construction processes both simpler and easier to manage.

“You can see the parallels with the vehicle industry, which was able to streamline its production processes at an early stage. Eight to ten years ago, the construction industry started heading in the same direction, and now things are moving fast”, says Markus Waser, Head of Training in Construction Technology and Community Construction at Yrgo in Gothenburg.

Sustainable construction

One trend that is clear for everyone to see is the way that development is moving more and more towards energy-efficient, sustainable buildings. On 1 January 2021, the new, more stringent European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive will come into effect. All buildings constructed after this date will need to be highly energy-efficient. There are a number of sustainable construction certifications with different areas of focus, such as Miljöbyggnad, LEED, BREEAM, GreenBuilding, Svanen and FEBY.

Digitalisation can help to make sustainable construction easier. For example, the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has just released an environmental calculation tool, BM 1.0, which produces lifecycle analyses for the construction sector. The tool can be used to calculate the impact of different buildings on the environment and determine how companies can reduce emissions by adapting their choice of materials or production methods. You no longer need to be an expert to produce a climate statement.

It will not be long before the industry as a whole catches on. In the not-too-distant future, you may be able to walk into a construction store and see the effects various materials have on the environment on the labels themselves.