In recent days, many economies have experienced steady growth which is often accompanied by increased population. In such scenarios, the possible adjustments are equally and positively correlated improvements in construction and building. Arguably, the increasing population would require new housing, roads and other amenities such as water and health facilities which require the building and construction industries to up their game.
However, increased need for infrastructure does not necessarily mean enhanced abilities to deliver. For instance, raw materials such as timber and land for expansion among others get depleted every time a house, a road or a bridge is under construction. In response to the growing concern over the limited resources, the construction and building industries have come up with ways of achieving desired structural results using minimal resources in the best possible manner. In this regard, it is observed hat as opposed to the traditional way of building a single floor house, the construction and building industries have now adopted high rises to economize on space.
Even with the limited resources, it is understood that efficient and well-designed structures cannot be achieved with technology in absentia. Certainly, residential and commercial high rises and other forms of constructions would require a no room for error technical sophistication so as not to compromise safety and other environmental obligations of the industries and still keep the construction and building costs as low as possible. In consideration of the various constraints such as a time limits, poor weather conditions and the need for efficient use of raw materials, constructions, and building industries have come up with a new building technology known as prefabricated construction. The ingenuity in the prefabricated construction is that parts of the final structures as designed are built in a safer environment and then transported to the construction site where they are joined to form the final structure. In essence, this is meant to minimize risks and increase efficiency.
I don’t think the available skilled labor in the market is sufficiently fulfilling the needs of the construction and building companies. Research conducted on the same issue have confirmed overwhelmingly that shortage in skilled labor was the greatest challenge for the building and construction industries in 2016. In a similar forum, Tom Menk of BDO’s national real estate and construction practice has argued that companies have failed to bring into play the more productive and younger brains “… causing struggles to fill that gap in the workforce, which is coupled with the need across industries for companies to replace retiring baby boomers.”
Although more of a cost, expenditure on energy often comes into play when we think of construction and building. For example, an environmentalist would think of pollution and an engineer would come up with the necessary gadgets and technologies to do away with the pollution such as drainage pumping, and proper ventilation is thereby bringing in the need to spend some energy. In such applications, the energy requirements would eventually increase the overall cost of the construction. The industry has engaged the forces of nature such as gravity to reduce pumping costs where applicable.