One way for the construction industry to learn and adapt is to learn from other sectors. Toyota, following WWII, pioneered a method known as lean production. This has been adapted for the building sector and is known as lean construction. Surely lean construction is a perfect fit for BIM?

Another method pioneered following WWII is offsite manufacture. Our recent Construction Market Report: UK Offsite Manufacture research shows that 77% of respondents expect this sector to grow in the next 12 months. For the first time in a generation, uncertainties about the cost and availability of traditional labour with the required skills, closely coupled to the rapid escalation in the cost of traditional materials, are rightly being recognised as a significant project risk. Because of this we are seeing a transition from traditional construction. Buildoffsite for PBC Today explains why building offsite in factories is an attractive method that provides many benefits and opportunities for the construction industry.

With innovation in construction methods also comes a focus on sustainability. Our recent market research, New technology and Innovation in Construction, shows construction is now seeing innovations and initiatives to drive change in the areas of pre-manufacture, information & technology, sustainability and new construction methods.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called once again for the government to amend building regulations to ensure homes, hospitals and schools do not overheat. This proposed regulation was put forward in 2015 however, ministers rejected the idea, not wishing to add more red tape for homebuilders. Lord Deben, chair of the CCC said: “What we need from government is a willingness to accept that building regulations, properly done, are not an incubus [problem] they are in fact an opportunity to enable people to build for the future.”

A new report by Technavio predicts that the global green technology market in the construction industry will grow steadily at a CAGR of above 9% by 2021. A snapshot of the report can be viewed here. Life Cycle Assessment that takes into consideration whole life at a building level, rather than individual products, is something that is being taken on board by BREEAM. Their briefing paper – Green Guide to Specification, sets out the road to BREEAM UK New Construction 2018. And a new App, the UK BREEAM Finder Tool, allows for the location of your nearest BREEAM certified building and BREEAM Assessors or Accredited Professional.

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